Voice II

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

In the second year, the rigorous foundation work of first year is developed and the individual range of vocal choices is explored in association with the work EA221 and EA222 modules.

You will work on developing vocal skills for devised and improvised work, for the vocal expression of original creative writings such as poetry and for performance in a range of contemporary theatre styles and forms. By the end of this three-term module you will have the vocal flexibility (breath, pace, resonance, pitch and articulation) to meet the specific demands of self-created projects.

Module aims

To encourage students to:

1. Begin to explore vocal choices to create character
2. Adapt breath and articulation to a range of styles and forms
3. Use full pitch and resonant range
4. Develop vocal flexibility, sensitivity and subtlety
5. Apply voice skills to devised and self-created performance

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate advanced use of voice techniques in increasingly complex and demanding work:

1. Physical awareness and breath
2. Breathing and Voice
3. Resonance and Range
4. Technical Application
5. Warming Up
6. Articulation
7. Standard English Accent/Other Dialects
8. Openness to Process
9. Emotional Connection

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

- Students work with voice tutors in small group practical classes. - Normally 4 hours of voice classes per week except during acting priority weeks. - Learning also takes place in workshops and presentations. - One to one remedial tutorials on specific voice issues. - Independent study. - Students receive written formative feedback and tutor comments at the end of each term.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Practical Voice    60% 
Practical   Articulation - Continuous Assessment    40% 
Practical   Term One: Practical Voice - Expressionist Monologue and Devised Vocal Performance     
Practical   Term Two Practical Voice: Shakespeare Monologue     

Additional coursework information

- Continuous assessment through observation of contribution to class work and the application of voice skills to warm-ups and performance. Practical warm-up and technique class tests are held at the end of each term.

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
Ms Christina Gutekunst, email: cgutek@essex.ac.uk.
East 15 Teaching Staff



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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