Music and Singing I

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
11 April 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International),
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

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 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

The aims of this module are:

  • Establish a daily warm up routine to keep the voice healthy and agile

  • Identify and critically analyse various singing styles and techniques

  • Begin to appreciate the role of music as an entity in theatrical performance

  • Understand the connection to be made between singing, music, movement, voice and acting in approaching song performance

  • Develop the ability to make objective criticism of vocal performance

  • Understand basic music theory

  • Start to adjust vocal approaches to the varied contexts in which they are working

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to desmonstrate:

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to desmonstrate:


  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 (energised text, use of vowels and consonants)

Sung Material

  1. Ensemble and small group singing

  2. Ability to follow a vocal score

  3. Solo song (demonstration of journey through song/communication)

  4. Application of technical skills to support character through song

  5. 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 practise music and singing in independent study.

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 for this year.

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. (50%) Performance of devised folk-song in groups of approx. 4 students in term 2. (10%) Performance of solo song to a large audience in term 3. (30%) Performance of ensemble singing at the leavers’ ceremony in term 3. (10%) Assessment is based on the extent to which a student is able to demonstrate the above learning outcomes.

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

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Neil Somerville, email: nasome@essex.ac.uk.
Neil Somerville and staff
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



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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