Music and Singing I

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
06 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of good voice production and begin to acquire a sense of rhythm and aural awareness. You will be introduced to developing personal warm-ups and will develop the technical skills to progress to an increasingly demanding range of repertoire and emotional situations.

By the end of the module you will have acquired knowledge of vocal technique and an ability to begin the control of nerves in performance. You will have begun to understand the individual characteristics of your own voice and the appropriate care needed to maintain it. You will also have a basic working knowledge of music theory.

Module aims

To encourage students to:
1. Identify and critically analyse various singing styles and techniques
2. Begin to appreciate the role of music as an entity in theatrical performance
3. Understand the connection to be made between singing, music, movement, voice and acting in approaching song performance
4. Understand the stylistic context in which they are working
5. Develop the ability to make objective criticism of vocal performance
6. Understand basic music theory.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate:

1. Breathing (correct use of techniques)
2. Rhythm (feeling the pulse of the music)
3. Resonance and placement (intonation, free and unrestricted tone)
4. Physicality (posture, alignment, release)
5. Articulation (energized text, use of vowels and consonants)

Sung Material
1. Ensemble and small group singing
2. Solo song (demonstration of journey through song/communication)
3. Application of technical skills to support character through song
4. Development (ownership of voice, working though inhibition)

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with music and singing tutors in group practical classes

Students will be expected to practice music and singing in independent study Screening of selected musical shows will support students' learning on this module

Formative verbal assessment and feedback from tutors at the end of Terms One and Two Written report with summative assessment and tutor's comments at the end of Term Three


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment     

Additional coursework information

Continuous assessment through observation of contribution to class work. Assessment is based on the extent to which a student is able to demonstrate the above learning outcomes. Application of music/singing skills to classwork, rehearsal and performances: 1. Whole Year Concert 2. Folk Song Performance 3. Ensemble Song & Dance 4. Solo Song 5. Concert Performance The module is assessed summatively and a final mark awarded at the end of Term Three.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Stephen Douse, email: sdouse@essex.ac.uk.
Stephen Douse
East 15 Acting School Gateway Building Elmer Approach Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LW



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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