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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre with Teaching

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Institution C58

UCAS W4X1

Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

 

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDD - DMM

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Interview: Yes, candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in dance, acting and singing. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Course content

Delivered by highly experienced practitioners in musical theatre and in the specialist teaching of performance work, this course offers access from first year onwards to training in musical theatre dance, singing and stage acting and students will select a focus which reflects their strengths in these different areas.

Complementing this is the specialist development of practical skills in vocal or dance teaching – within one of the largest performance departments in the UK.

Second and third year students can opt to audition for performance projects at the Alexandra Theatre, other regional theatres and in our own campus performance spaces.

Performance projects range from large scale musical theatre with full pit orchestra set and costume to straight plays, smaller ensemble projects and dance revues and you can also develop skills in technical theatre and arts management roles in supporting performance projects.

Where this can take you

Students will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of areas beyond University.

Course progression in the department has been very high, with a number of students going on to further study at masters level in some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the country and in PGCE teacher training.

As performers, alumni have gone into:

  • West End productions
  • Major touring productions throughout Europe
  • Teaching in stage schools
  • Major cruise ships including Disney
  • UK and International small-scale touring theatre
  • ​Private singing teaching
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cabaret
  • Stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world 

Indicative modules

Musical Theatre Skills

The importance of communicative performance and of an actively engaging relationship with the viewer will be emphasised in group lessons and in formative performance assessment, and a good standard of presentation will be encouraged in preparing students for the assessment task. Students will discuss aspects of performance practice relevant to their individual choice of or combination of discipline development, and develop their skills in the forming of critical judgements of performance.

Regular practical group lessons and workshops will be supplemented by individual tutorial support and 1:1 teaching sessions. Peer assessment will take place both in workshop sessions and in ‘shadow marking’ of formative assessment.

Performance Development

This module introduces various approaches to performance that can serve to assist the student when communicating music to the listener. A variety of skills particular to their individual vocal or instrumental style will be explored with teachers. The construction of balanced or otherwise effective programmes is discussed and students will explore different approaches to performance. The adoption of a year long mode of learning, with assessment taking place in semester 2 allows learners to develop and consolidate whilst adapting to what are often new teaching strategies. Learning Strategy: Individual lessons will be supplemented by formative assessment workshops, participation in relevant tutor led ensemble work and by individual tutorial support. Students will be involved in the process of formative assessment, using the Subject criteria, and will also be required to evaluate their own learning on the course.

Technique for the young Performer

Sound approaches to technique will be explored as the essential foundation for expressive musical performance and a range of technical strategies will be tested and analysed, drawing upon students' own experience as learners, particularly in the early stages of study. The imaginative communication of ideas and the appropriateness of different teaching methods in instrumental or vocal technique to relevant age groups will be examined in relation to technical performance skill, in combination with broader issues such as sight reading and memorisation, and children's physical development.

Grades and Development

This module is designed to make connexions between the measured progress of the young player or singer and the general musical development of the child. Sessions are focused on graded development at early stages, with particular attention being paid to the acquisition of aural training and sight reading skills. During the course consideration is given to general aspects of repertoire and skill development and students are encouraged to focus at least part of their study on an elected specialist area. The concept of musical curriculum is explored. With Grade VIII acceptable as an A level for university entrance purposes, this process is as academically important to the young player as other work they undertake at school or college.

Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business. This module will seek to develop this, and to encourage a confident approach to the world beyond university, enabling a tailored financial and business planning which encourages an awareness of local markets and circumstances.

An extensive range of module options includes:​

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development. Course elements will vary, but may include: • Get out of your mind for free, how to handle unwanted Private Events (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations); • Love your ears – Raising Awareness about Dangers of Hearing Loss; • Mood and Food, explore the relationships of what you eat and how you feel; • Making Achievable Goals; • Spirituality and Wellbeing; • An introduction to Colour Analysis and Style; • Employability and Careers; • Mindful and Creative Practice, offering techniques to help ‘quiet your mind’ and relax in the present moment; • Active Listening; • The Performing Body, using Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method; • Yoga for singers and instrumentals

Introduction To Musical Theatre

The module will introduce students to key skills in examining repertoire drawn from succeeding periods of musical theatre history, supporting an examination of musical structure with a parallel focus on developments in dance and drama within the genre. Awareness of historic performance practice will be emphasized, and connexions between music for the stage and film will be explored.

Musical Grammar 1

Designed to enable each student to work at their own pace, whilst moving towards a common level of achievement, the module will introduce, reintroduce and familiarise students with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation. Alongside this, students will present and discuss their work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence in this knowledge base.

Grades And Development

This module is designed to make connexions between the measured progress of the young player or singer and the general musical development of the child. Sessions are focused on graded development at early stages, with particular attention being paid to the acquisition of aural training and sight reading skills. During the course consideration is given to general aspects of repertoire and skill development and students are encouraged to focus at least part of their study on an elected specialist area. The concept of musical curriculum is explored. With Grade VIII acceptable as an A level for university entrance purposes, this process is as academically important to the young player as other work they undertake at school or college.

Musical Theatre Skills 2

The importance of communicative performance and of an actively engaging relationship with the viewer will continue to be emphasised in group lessons and in formative performance assessment and a more self-critical approach to standards of presentation will be encouraged in preparing students for the assessment task. Students will discuss aspects of performance practice relevant to their discipline development, and further develop their skills in the forming of critical judgements of performance. Regular practical group lessons and workshops will be supplemented by individual tutorial support and 1:1 teaching sessions. Peer assessment will take place both in workshop sessions and in ‘shadow marking’ of formative assessment.

Preparing Young Learners For Assessment And Performance

The practical, placement experience allows you to become a beginner all over again by learning a ‘new’ instrument during this term, recreating the feelings experienced by beginners. Reflections on this experience will inform and shape your approach to teaching in placement contexts. You will also observe school children in the early stages of learning to sing and will reflect on how the observations relate to their personal experience during the module. Various repertoire, aural tests, scales, and sight reading will be included in a broad exploration of assessment and discussions will cover the pressures or constraints that exams place on students.

Psychology of Learning and Teaching

This module explores psychology - the internal process - involved from both the teacher and student perspective during musical learning. Students gain a general understanding of the historical framework of learning theories and social frameworks with psychology. Specific relationships to musical learning and a student's concept of musical ability and understanding musical identity and the relationship of the body and instrument are explored. The understanding of motivation, self-efficacy, self-regulation, mental skills and cognitive strategies are explored and applied to real-life situations. These form a base of knowledge that can improve current learning and inform the future practice of teaching.

The Movie Musical

The module will introduce students to key skills in examining repertoire drawn from succeeding periods of movie musical history, supporting an examination of musical structure with a parallel focus on developments in dance and drama within the genre. Awareness of historic performance practice will be emphasized, and connections between music for the stage and film will be explored in detail.

Performance Anxiety

This course will look at the problem of performance anxiety/stage nerves studying both the theoretical background and how to effectively deal with them. It will not only look at the performance itself but also the surrounding physiological and psychological factors that lead to stage nerves during performance. The course introduces a wide range of theories from relevant disciplines including cognitive behavioural therapy and neuro-linguistic programming. This will provide an interdisciplinary and integrated model for understanding and providing tools and strategies to analyse this widespread problem.

Opera And Operetta

Available in two different delivery modes, this course can be followed as either a conventional weekly series of lectures during semester two, or as a week long intensive culminating in a staged performance outside the semester period. Learning is focused on examples drawn from 19th century opera forms, seeking to develop a lively sense of the evolving performance context which came to be described as operetta. Whilst much of this material came to be of interest to amateur, as well as professional performers, the second half of the module will examine influences which can be traced in more ‘operatic’ recent musical theatre work, from West Side Story onwards.

Self-Employment, Marketing And Promotion

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business. This module will seek to develop this, and to encourage a confident approach to the world beyond university, enabling a tailored financial and business planning which encourages an awareness of local markets and circumstances.

The Musical Theatre Business

Student will explore examples of different types of musical theatre performance and the function of a range of professional roles in commercial and publicly funded contexts. The development of this knowledge base will support their own personal development as aspiring professionals

Personal Study

Indicative module content Module content will depend entirely on the choice of topics, practical projects and creative styles of individual students, but will focus on one of three main areas of work:  a lecture presentation  a practical performance  a written study

Musical Theatre Skills 3

The importance of achieving high standards of presentation and polish in performance work will be emphasised in group lessons and in formative performance assessment, and students will be encouraged to be ambitious in preparing for the assessment task. Students will discuss aspects of performance practice relevant to their individual choice of or combination of discipline development, and develop their skills in the forming of critical judgements of performance in relation to career aspirations.

One To One Teaching

This module will introduce a range of techniques in structuring lessons, communicating expressive and musical concepts and problem solving designed to create an exciting and stimulating learning experience for individual instrumentalists or singers embarking on the early stages of study. Students will set their own goals in teaching and develop skills in analysing and measuring the outcomes of lessons, using this information to inform planning for effective teaching practices.

Group Teaching

You will engage in workshop activity designed to explore the potential of strategies and material that could be used in a variety of teaching contexts and will reflect on relationships between this activity and your practical workshop experience. Practical experience will be with a musical group/class/ensemble at the university, a school, or a performance centre and students will both observe the methods, manner, and style of that teacher and will design a piece for that group. The culminating experience of the module will be to have a student-written and arranged piece played by learners in a teaching situation. In preparing for this, the students will create a ‘mock’ piece for a varied ensemble made of their peers, gaining hands on experience in having to gauge the performance levels of participants and manage a group. Thus students will engage in additional workshop activity designed to explore the potential of strategies and material in a classroom context and will be encouraged to reflect on the relationship between this activity and their practical experience.

Business Project

(Module information to come)

Communicating Music Through Movement & Gesture

This course will explore the opportunities that exist for enhanced communication within the formal performance context, using the performer’s own physical projection of self and personal narrative of intention. Work will also be developed in a broader context, allowing a deeper understanding of the semiotics of movement – the kinesic variables which impact upon the viewer – and the generic codes which attach to the music they play.

Introduction To Fundraising In The Arts

This module will focus on the development of professional standards in articulating an identified project, presenting and researching information, and on the need to work to rigorous deadlines and wordage limits in producing written work. The importance of funding criteria will be emphasised and students will be encouraged to develop an independent and proactive approach to researching trusts and other grant giving bodies.

Opera

Week 1. Late Renaissance and early baroque 2. Opera Seria 3. Mozart week 1 4. Mozart week 2 5. Student seminars 6. Student seminars 7. Student seminars and assignment hand in date

Week 8. Romantic opera in Italy 9. Wagner week 1 10. Wagner week 2 11. Opera in England 12. Student seminars 13. Student seminars 14. Written examination

In addition to the 2 hour session, there will be a mutually agreed tutorial time for those students who would like additional support.

Swing Project

(Module information to come)

Throughout their study all students can access our Professional Resilience modules which explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and introduce students to a number of different models of successful self development.

Course elements will vary, but may include:

  • Get out of your mind for free, how to handle unwanted Private Events (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations);
  • Love your Ears - Raising Awareness about Dangers of Hearing Loss;
  • Mood and Food, explore the Relationship of what you eat and how you feel;
  • Making Achievable Goals;
  • Spirituality and Wellbeing;
  • An Introduction to Colour Analysis and Style;
  • Employability and Careers;
  • Mindfulness and Creative Practice, offering techniques to help ‘quiet your mind’ and relax in the present moment;
  • Active Listening;
  • The Performing Body, using Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method;
  • Yoga for singers and instrumentalists
  • Tai Chi

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

The mission is to provide the student with skills that will enable them to navigate the complexities of the musical theatre industry through the offer of a professional standard of training within a well-structured and ambitious timetable with a specific focus on teaching their acquired skills to others.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

The tutors are professional practitioners, demonstrating leadership in the industry offering peer support to colleagues and are generous with their knowledge and expertise.  

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of acting, dance and vocal coaches drawn from a core of more than 200 specialist staff.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays/portfolios, examinations, performances and practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Additional Costs

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