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Voice (DNCE20025)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 6.25On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDNCE20025
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

VOICE is a physical activity, and as such, complements training in dance by allowing the individual to discover interdependence of voice and body. The focus of the work lies in addressing idiosyncratic habits, which may inhibit the dancer who wishes to use their voice generally and specifically, in performance. The subject will include a selection from the following: physical awareness of breath in the body, muscularity, resonance, and rhythm through the kinaesthetic awareness of voice in the moment of speaking. Students will be expected to draw upon their experiences of integrated Body Mind practices to facilitate the interdependence of voice and body.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will enable students to:

  • identify idiosyncratic, habituated vocal patterns and work towards freedom from these restrictions
  • develop a kinaesthetic understanding of the relationship between the spine and support for the breath
  • explore the connection between breath and movement and sound
  • develop an awareness of the natural voice by creating a physical awareness of sound

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  1. use a greater range of vocal patterns, freed from their idiosyncratic, habituated vocal patterns
  2. demonstrate good alignment and strong spinal support in order to free the breathing process
  3. connect breath and movement and sound
  4. centre the natural voice by creating a physical awareness of sound
  5. work with focus, energy and responsibility in class

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE10017 Dance Technique 1
Semester 1
DNCE10018 Integrated Body Mind Practices 1
Semester 1


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE10022 Dance Technique 2
Semester 2
DNCE10023 Dance Technique Extension 1
Semester 2

Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE10025 Voice
Semester 2

Recommended background knowledge

Completion of Semester 1, Year 1 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) ensures all students have appropriate background knowledge

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Students attend a mid semester interview with 2 staff to review progress across all subjects, including Voice elective - Mid Semester
  • Coursework – active, physical and ongoing engagement in practical classes (including regular individual feedback) against assessment criteria: skills development 20%, technical proficiency 30%, work ethic 20% and attendance 10%. A formula is applied to a student’s actual attendance, which distributes marks from 10% to zero, where zero represents less than 60% attendance - End of Semester (Total: 80%)
  • Written assignment (1200 words): Written work must be passed to successfully complete the subject - End of Semester (20%)
  • 80% Attendance Hurdle must be met to pass the subject (100% weekly punctual and full attendance is expected)

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAnna Smith
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours24 hours
    Total time commitment60 hours
    Teaching period15 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date26 July 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

60 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Handouts available on the LMS

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 30 July 2019