Voice, Movement, Music and Singing

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 22 March 2024
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

You will learn how to make accurate use of the voice coach through the support you receive for your roles in
production work. You will be given opportunities to practice changing vocal quality for the purpose of dramatic
characterisation. You will work on a variety of accents and vocal requirements for different performance spaces
and for your audition pieces.

The third year classes will be a mix of specifically set projects according to the needs of the particular cohort
and/or movement for the actor in performance. Movement in the third year will focus on movement for the
performing actor, building on students' previously acquired absorption and internalisation of the principles and
practice of the actor's movement work

Music and Singing
With guidance from tutors you will work on developing a personal repertoire of appropriate songs for your vocal
ability. You will use your expanded sense of vocal identity to apply self-regulated and purpose-designed warmups. The module contains opportunities for students to attend master classes to prepare for professional

Module aims

To provide students with the means to
- select personal warm-ups appropriate to specific individual needs (physical, mental and spiritual) and technical skills (voice, movement, music and singing)
- develop and maintain an aligned an energised body that is physically and technically able to meet the challenges of a range of performance styles
- apply learned skills techniques both as performer and in self-created work.
- develop a varied repertoire of suitable audition songs that will enhance their employability in the profession

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will develop:

For Voice:

1. Technical integration of voice skills
2. Professional development
3. Objective self-assessment and progress.

For Movement:

1. Ability to assume full responsibility for development of own movement work
2. Developed understanding of the expressive qualities of the body
3. Developed awareness of “character transformation”
4. Self-reliant and developed ability to work in ensemble
5. Ability to present a fully-realised physical characterisation

For Music and Singing:
1. Technical ability – Quality of voice (clarity of sound, avoiding constriction)
2. Pitch (maintaining intonation throughout song)
3. Harmony and Listening Skills (support, voice care, breath control)
4. Communication (intelligibility and emotional contact

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with tutors in group practical classes. Learning also takes place in workshops, tutorials and whilst students are being coached for performance. Verbal feedback is given throughout in class and rehearsal. Students receive termly formative assessment in written reports with tutors' comments Students will be expected to practice their voice, movement and music & singing skills in independent study.


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   Movement    35% 
Practical   Music & Singing    30% 
Practical   Voice    35% 

Additional coursework information

Continuous assessment through observation of contribution to class work and application of skills to performances. Assessment is based on performance work and on the process of achieving public performance. Voice and dance/ movement will be assessed based on all three terms. Music will be assessed based on terms one and two, when the bulk of the work is done.

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
Ms Christina Gutekunst, email: cgutek@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Marcin Rudy, email: mrudy@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Neil Somerville, email: nasome@essex.ac.uk.
East 15 Teaching Staff
For further information email east15@essex.ac.uk



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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