School: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Discovering the Performer's Voice
  • Unit Code

    ACT1004
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mr Donald Miles WOODBURN

Description

This unit examines the fundamental skills required for the development of voice, speech, and singing for the professional actor. Students learn efficient vocal use, and how to develop breath support, body alignment, resonance and articulation. They will increase their proficiency in sight reading, the imaginative use of language and group and solo singing. On completion of this unit the student will be able to apply a basic understanding of vocal production in a variety of acoustic environments. They will understand vocal health, and basic vocal anatomy and physiology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Accurately match pitch and maintain simple rhythmic patterns when singing.
  2. Analyse the structure of language in texts in preparation for rehearsal and demonstrate an understanding of text in rehearsal and performance.
  3. Identify and adapt idiosyncratic habitual vocal use.
  4. Understand basic vocal physiology and anatomy.
  5. Use voice efficiently and flexibly in different acoustic environments incorporating effective alignment, breath support, vibration, resonance and articulation.

Unit Content

  1. Breath, alignment, vibration, resonance and articulation.
  2. Direct audience address.
  3. Group / choral singing.
  4. Physiology and anatomy of vocal production.
  5. Sight reading.
  6. Spoken choral text.
  7. The structure of language.
  8. Vocal health.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Studio based voice and singing classes, Group classes and individual tutorials,
Intensive week long workshop, Small group activities, pair work and solo exercises, Different acoustic environments will be utilised, Video recording for critical analysis and self reflection, Debriefing, feedback and class discussions, Self study with regard to alignment and breath, Specialist lecturers in singing.

Assessment

GS2 GRADING SCHEMA 2 Used for performance and/or practical based units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescription
PortfolioPortfolio of sight reading, technical progress in singing, vocal performances of Choral Greek text

Core Reading(s)

  • Houseman, B. (2002). Finding your voice : a step-by-step guide for actors. (New York). London: Routledge.
  • Rodenburg, P. (1992). The right to speak : working with the voice. New York: Routledge.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Discovering the Performer's Voice
  • Unit Code

    ACT1004
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mr Donald Miles WOODBURN

Description

This unit examines the fundamental skills required for the development of voice, speech, and singing for the professional actor. Students learn efficient vocal use, and how to develop breath support, body alignment, resonance and articulation. They will increase their proficiency in sight reading, the imaginative use of language and group and solo singing. On completion of this unit the student will be able to apply a basic understanding of vocal production in a variety of acoustic environments. They will understand vocal health, and basic vocal anatomy and physiology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Accurately match pitch and maintain simple rhythmic patterns when singing.
  2. Analyse the structure of language in texts in preparation for rehearsal and demonstrate an understanding of text in rehearsal and performance.
  3. Identify and adapt idiosyncratic habitual vocal use.
  4. Understand basic vocal physiology and anatomy.
  5. Use voice efficiently and flexibly in different acoustic environments incorporating effective alignment, breath support, vibration, resonance and articulation.

Unit Content

  1. Breath, alignment, vibration, resonance and articulation.
  2. Direct audience address.
  3. Group / choral singing.
  4. Physiology and anatomy of vocal production.
  5. Sight reading.
  6. Spoken choral text.
  7. The structure of language.
  8. Vocal health.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Studio based voice and singing classes, Group classes and individual tutorials,
Intensive week long workshop, Small group activities, pair work and solo exercises, Different acoustic environments will be utilised, Video recording for critical analysis and self reflection, Debriefing, feedback and class discussions, Self study with regard to alignment and breath, Specialist lecturers in singing.

Assessment

GS2 GRADING SCHEMA 2 Used for performance and/or practical based units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescription
PortfolioPortfolio of sight reading, technical progress in singing, vocal performances of Choral Greek text

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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