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

threshold

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.

good

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

excellent

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.

90
WRITTEN PLAN Diary-Plan

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

10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Practical classes and workshops

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

11
Private study 78
Lecture

1 lecture of 50 mins per week for 11 weeks.

11
Tutorial

1 tutorial (of up to 30 mins)

1

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.

Resources

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: