Music and Singing II

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
26 June 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

Students will expand their ability to interact musically and dramatically in small ensemble pieces, usually sourced from musicals and popular styles. You will progress to the interpretation of more varied, complex and demanding
material and performance situations, including public performance, and you will work on expanding your singing range and vocal agility. By the end of the module you will have a substantial knowledge of vocal technique and will have acquired an automatically present technique both to support the singing and safeguard the voice. You will have at your disposal a varied repertoire of songs of different tempi and styles that fall within your acting and singing range in preparation for your work in final year. Students are encouraged to continue to develop personal
warm-up exercise routines.

Module aims

To encourage students to:
- Develop responsibility for independent singing practice
- Accumulate a more varied, complex and demanding repertoire
- Develop greater understanding of relevant musical styles of periods in which acting projects are set
- Develop the ability to interpret and communicate musical material to an audience

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate advanced ability in the following music/singing techniques and performance materials:

- Breathing (correct use of techniques)
- Rhythm (feeling the pulse of the music)
- Resonance and placement (intonation, free and unconstricted tone)
- Physicality (posture, alignment, release)
- Articulation (energized text, use of vowels and consonants)

Sung Material
- Duet singing
- Solo singing (demonstration of journey through song/connection)
- Application of technical skills to support character through song
- Development (ownership of voice, working through inhibition)

Module information

Module Content

Term One
Dynamic range
Vocal agility
Improving audience communication
Sustaining character through accent, sound, musicality and lyrics
Interactions within the medium of song

Term Two
Introduction to 'direct-contact' songs
Breaking down the 'fourth wall' using Brecht songs and British Music Hall as examples
Conveying clearly delineated character in song
Maintaining technique whilst performing sung material

Term Three
Development of solo and ensemble disciplines
Devised harmony skills
Bringing accumulated musical skills into devised ensemble work
Appropriate and sensitive use of musical input.

Learning and teaching methods

- Students work with music and singing tutors in group practical classes - Normally 4 hours of music/singing classes per week except during acting priority weeks - Learning also takes place in one-to-one tutorials. - Students will be expected to practice music and singing in independent study - Verbal and written formative assessment and feedback


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Neil Somerville, email: nasome@essex.ac.uk.
East 15 Teaching Staff



External examiner

Ms Joyce Henderson
Joyce Henderson
Freelance Theatre Maker
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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