Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Guildford School of Acting
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkEssay: 2500 Words100

Module Overview

Qualifying Condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module


Students will explore how tradition, influence and parody have worked to develop musical theatre to its situation in the early 21st century through the investigation of  the development of the genre in relation to both contemporary and historically seminal pieces of theatre.


Students will take this module alongside the following modules:

  • Contemporary Actor Training
  • American Political Theatre
  • Theories of Performance

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • Introduce the student to the different functions and uses of music in theatre, taking examples of practice from the early Greek Period through to the present day.
  • Encourage the student to develop a capacity for critical analysis of the mechanisms of musical theatre and, through awareness of the functions of its component parts, to arrive at an understanding of the synthesis and totality of the experience.
  • Appreciate the development of the genre and it’s theatrical influences.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key lines of influence in the development of musical theatre. (P)
  • Identify and objectively discourse on the development of musical theatre. (K)
  • Analyse the musical, choreographic, lyrical and textual elements of the musical theatre form and reach awareness of how the synthesis in performance contributes to the communication of meaning. (C)
  • Formulate and communicate objective responses. (T)

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical Skills.

Module Content

Indicative content includes:

  • Home-based study on the module material and required purchase texts.
  • Seminar sessions amounting to two days at GSA to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and an introduction to the analysis of the genre from a practical performance perspective.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Actively engage distance learners with core concepts, establishing influential theatrical links in performance, through a range of learning and teaching strategies.
  • Enable the distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected musical theatre texts and productions.
  • Allow the distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts and associated links and influences through the structured exploration and performance analysis of selected musical theatre productions.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment (60 hours)
  • Seminar weekend (15 hours).
  • Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (75 hours).

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Last Updated

30 May 2014 by HATHERLEY RC Mrs (FAHS Reg)