Module WXP-3301:
Teaching Singing

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Mr Richard Craig

Overall aims and purpose

Purpose of the module is to give a sound understanding of current vocal teaching methodology combined with practical skills. Combined with other modules on the degree programme it adds to a well-rounded pedagogical background.

Course content

• Vocal anatomy • Breathing, posture and support • Vowel shaping and tuning • Articulation and diction • Production of sound • Flexibility, range extension • Register blending and passaggio, repertoire selection

Assessment Criteria


Working which displays a basic knowledge of the subject with limited awareness of issues, limited ability at analysing technical and musical faults and limited communication skills. Some evidence of intellectual approach.


Work which displays a sound grasp of the subject, adequate control of analytical and critical tools combined with good communication skills.


Work which displays a thorough grasp of the subject evidence of further study, outstanding communication skills and a wide range of appropriate methodology.

Learning outcomes

  1. Acquired an understanding of basic vocal anatomy;

  2. Understood the importance of a structured approach to voice-teaching and demonstrated the ability to apply it in practice;

  3. Acquired a more developed ear for vocal disorders and faults, underpinned by theoretical knowledge;

  4. Acquired detailed understanding of suitable repertoire for developing voices;

  5. Appreciated and developed precise communication in teaching voice.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
DEMONSTRATION/PRACTICE Practical demonstration

Practical demonstration of vocal teaching. Due date is default: demonstrations will take place during the examinations period; submission of materials is due by the following day at noon.


Presentation of a teaching diary-cum-plan for a short course of six singing lessons for beginners


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Practical classes and workshops

1 practical session of 50 mins per week for 11 weeks.

Private study 78

1 lecture of 50 mins per week for 11 weeks.


1 tutorial (of up to 30 mins)


Transferable skills

  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • Re-creative skills – interpretation, innovation, versatility, and other skills relating to performance
  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.


Resource implications for students

Students are not required to purchase any items for this module.

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: