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

    Extending Vocal Knowledge
  • Unit Code

    ACT2003
  • 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 develops the vocal skills and knowledge required for the actor to affect a smooth transition into performance by consolidating, defining and expanding the foundation vocal research accumulated in previous voice units. The actors voice develops strength, flexibility and range through exposure to accent and dialect, classical poetic text, heightened text, singing, and in public productions. The actor is required to develop an individual process for vocal warm-ups and approaches to text, and accent and dialect research.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Develop a process for researching and performing in an accent or dialect.
  2. Research, source, rehearse and perform a theatrical song.
  3. Use an efficient and flexible voice in rehearsal and performance.
  4. Use the voice dynamically in response to complex verse and prose text forms.

Unit Content

  1. Accent and Dialect analysis and research methodology.
  2. Advanced use of breath, alignment, vibration, resonance, and articulation.
  3. Sight reading.
  4. Structured singing technique classes.
  5. Text analysis.
  6. Verse forms from the 14th to 19th centuries.

Teaching and Learning Processes


Studio based voice and singing classes.
Group classes and individual tutorials.
Small group activities, pair work and solo exercises.
Different acoustic environments will be utilized; some classes will be in a theatre.
Video recording for critical analysis and self reflection.
Debriefing, feedback and class discussions.
Self study with regard to physically consolidating studio work.
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
PortfolioAssessment of technical progress in singing; vocal performance of poetry; accent / dialect; Shakespeare monologue; breath, alignment, vocal awareness

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

    Extending Vocal Knowledge
  • Unit Code

    ACT2003
  • 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 develops the vocal skills and knowledge required for the actor to affect a smooth transition into performance by consolidating, defining and expanding the foundation vocal research accumulated in previous voice units. The actors voice develops strength, flexibility and range through exposure to accent and dialect, classical poetic text, heightened text, singing, and in public productions. The actor is required to develop an individual process for vocal warm-ups and approaches to text, and accent and dialect research.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Develop a process for researching and performing in an accent or dialect.
  2. Research, source, rehearse and perform a theatrical song.
  3. Use an efficient and flexible voice in rehearsal and performance.
  4. Use the voice dynamically in response to complex verse and prose text forms.

Unit Content

  1. Accent and Dialect analysis and research methodology.
  2. Advanced use of breath, alignment, vibration, resonance, and articulation.
  3. Sight reading.
  4. Structured singing technique classes.
  5. Text analysis.
  6. Verse forms from the 14th to 19th centuries.

Teaching and Learning Processes


Studio based voice and singing classes.
Group classes and individual tutorials.
Small group activities, pair work and solo exercises.
Different acoustic environments will be utilized; some classes will be in a theatre.
Video recording for critical analysis and self reflection.
Debriefing, feedback and class discussions.
Self study with regard to physically consolidating studio work.
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
PortfolioAssessment of technical progress in singing; vocal performance of poetry; accent / dialect; Shakespeare monologue; breath, alignment, vocal awareness

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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