Run by School of Music and Media
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
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.
• 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
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.
Acquired an understanding of basic vocal anatomy;
Understood the importance of a structured approach to voice-teaching and demonstrated the ability to apply it in practice;
Acquired a more developed ear for vocal disorders and faults, underpinned by theoretical knowledge;
Acquired detailed understanding of suitable repertoire for developing voices;
Appreciated and developed precise communication in teaching voice.
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.
1 lecture of 50 mins per week for 11 weeks.
1 tutorial (of up to 30 mins)
- 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:
- W3P3: BA Astudiaethau'r Cyfr & Cherdd year 3 (BA/ACC)
- WW93: BA Creative Studies and Music year 3 (BA/CSTMUS)
- 32N6: BA English Literature and Music year 3 (BA/ELM)
- VW13: BA History and Music year 3 (BA/HMU)
- W3H6: BA Music and Electronic Engineering year 3 (BA/MEE)
- WV33: Music & Hist & Welsh Hist (IE) year 4 (BA/MHIE)
- W303: BA Music (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/MIE)
- PW33: BA Media Studies and Music year 3 (BA/MSMUS)
- RW13: BA Music/French year 4 (BA/MUFR)
- WR32: BA Music/German year 4 (BA/MUGE)
- WR33: BA Music/Italian year 4 (BA/MUIT)
- W300: BA Music year 3 (BA/MUS)
- WW38: BA Music and Creative Writing year 3 (BA/MUSCW)
- WW36: BA Music and Film Studies year 3 (BA/MUSFS)
- WR34: BA Music/Spanish year 4 (BA/MUSP)
- VVW3: BA Philosophy and Religion and Music year 3 (BA/PRM)
- QW53: BA Cymraeg/Music year 3 (BA/WMU)
- W304: BMus Music (with International Experience) year 4 (BMUS/MIE)
- W302: BMUS Music year 3 (BMUS/MUS)
- H6W3: BSc Electronic Engineering and Music year 3 (BSC/EEM)