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

    Dynamic Voice
  • Unit Code

    ACT2007
  • 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 speak heightened complex text with a free and open voice in performance, building on the vocal research accumulated in previous voice units. The actor's voice develops increased strength, flexibility and range through rigorous work in accents and dialects, classical poetic text, heightened text, singing, and in productions. The actor is required to adapt an individual process for vocal warm-ups to support the unique demands of each performance task. The actor will perform a monologue demonstrating accurate accent and dialect research and characterisation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse emotionally heightened intricate texts to inform performance.
  2. Research and perform an accent or dialect accurately.
  3. Research, source, rehearse and perform a theatrical song.
  4. Use voice dynamically, flexibly and safely in rehearsal and performance.

Unit Content

  1. Accent and Dialect analysis and performance.
  2. Advanced use of breath, alignment, vibration, resonance, and articulation.
  3. Increased vocal stamina.
  4. Restoration Prologues and Epilogues.
  5. Structured singing technique classes.
  6. Text analysis.
  7. Verse forms from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Studio based voice and singing classes, Group classes and individual tutorials, Different acoustic environments will be utilised and some classes will be in a theatre, Video recording for critical analysis and self reflection, Researching skills developed using digital media for the collection of accents and dialects, 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
PortfolioPublic performance of a theatrical song; monologue in an accent or dialogue; 20th or 21st century poem; restoration prologue or epilogue; etc.

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

    Dynamic Voice
  • Unit Code

    ACT2007
  • 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 speak heightened complex text with a free and open voice in performance, building on the vocal research accumulated in previous voice units. The actor's voice develops increased strength, flexibility and range through rigorous work in accents and dialects, classical poetic text, heightened text, singing, and in productions. The actor is required to adapt an individual process for vocal warm-ups to support the unique demands of each performance task. The actor will perform a monologue demonstrating accurate accent and dialect research and characterisation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse emotionally heightened intricate texts to inform performance.
  2. Research and perform an accent or dialect accurately.
  3. Research, source, rehearse and perform a theatrical song.
  4. Use voice dynamically, flexibly and safely in rehearsal and performance.

Unit Content

  1. Accent and Dialect analysis and performance.
  2. Advanced use of breath, alignment, vibration, resonance, and articulation.
  3. Increased vocal stamina.
  4. Restoration Prologues and Epilogues.
  5. Structured singing technique classes.
  6. Text analysis.
  7. Verse forms from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Studio based voice and singing classes, Group classes and individual tutorials, Different acoustic environments will be utilised and some classes will be in a theatre, Video recording for critical analysis and self reflection, Researching skills developed using digital media for the collection of accents and dialects, 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
PortfolioPublic performance of a theatrical song; monologue in an accent or dialogue; 20th or 21st century poem; restoration prologue or epilogue; etc.

Core Reading(s)

  • Shakespeare, W. (1905). Complete works of William Shakespeare. London: Oxford University Press.

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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