Music and Singing II

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
09 March 2023


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, 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 which you can apply to support the singing and safeguarding of 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

The aims of this module are 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

  • 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 unrestricted tone)
- Physicality (posture, alignment, release)
- Articulation (energized text, use of vowels and consonants)

Sung Material
- Small group arrangements
- 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

No additional information available.

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 for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment    30% 
Practical   Group Arrangement    20% 
Practical   Duet    20% 
Practical   Solo Song    30% 

Additional coursework information

Continuous assessment through observation of contribution to class work. (30%) Performance of a group arrangement (20%) Performance of a duet (20%) Performance of solo song (30%) Class work is assessed on commitment and personal development.

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 Neil Somerville, email: nasome@essex.ac.uk.
East 15 Teaching Staff



External examiner

Ms Isobel Beatrice Pemberton
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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