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MUSC6028 - Acting for Musical Theatre 2

Title:Acting for Musical Theatre 2
Long Title:Acting for Musical Theatre 2
Module Code:MUSC6028
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Description: This module extends the range and power of the voice, and introduces the learner to the fundamentals of characterisation, including the work of Stanislavski.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 demonstrate an understanding of relaxation, physical alignment, breath control, support and resonance.
LO2 engage in, and lead, a more advanced vocal warm-up
LO3 apply key components of Stanislavski's approach
LO4 display an ability to use improvisation as a basis for building character
LO5 explain and document acting coursework
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Breath & The Voice
The essentials of vocal support, breath production, capacity, control and resonance including developing a vocal warm-up routine
Voice and Text
The application of voice work (support, breath production, capacity, control & resonance) to text
Overview of Stanislavski's approach, fundamentals, and his place in theatre history, including Magic 'if', Circles of Concentration, Sense Memory, Realistic Acting
Improvisation techniques for building character, developing spontaneity and learning to overcome blocks in performance
Reflection/ Blogging
Weekly journal entries documenting process and outcomes of this work
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of student participation and development. 1,2,3,4 30.0 Every Week
Essay A reflective essay, identifying key features, and charting the learner's progress through the module. 5 30.0 Week 12
Performance Evaluation Showcase of work at semester end. 1,3 40.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) two weekly atelier sessions 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Personal research, reading and practice 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Linklater, Kirstin 2006, Freeing The Natural Voice, Drama Publishers Hollywood CA [ISBN: 1854599712]
  • Merlin, B 2014, The Complete Stanislavski Toolkit, Nick Hern Books London [ISBN: 97818484240]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Viola Spolin 2017, Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and directing Techniques, Martino fine Books New York [ISBN: 1684221439]
  • Berry, Cicely 2001, Text in Action, Virgin London [ISBN: 9780753505410]
  • Rodenburg, Patsy 1993, The Need for Words, Methuen Drama London [ISBN: 9780413681607]
  • Bennedetti, J 2008, Stanislavski: An Introduction, 4th revised edition Ed., Methuen London [ISBN: 978140810683]
  • Stanislavski 2016, An Actor's Work (Routledge Classic), Routledge London [ISBN: 113868838X]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 2 Mandatory

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