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Voice Skills 1 (MUST10003)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeMUST10003
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Voice in this course is designed to explore the world of voice production and its application specific to the Music Theatre genre. Throughout this course, the phenomenon of individual voice difference will be taken into account and students will be encouraged to explore and value these differences in themselves and others. Contact hours in Voice Skills 1 will be divided between individual lessons, spoken voice classes and small and large ensemble classes. In the first semester, particular emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects of singing and speech, incorporating breathing, alignment, pitch, tone and articulation. Individual lessons will allow for assessment of areas of vocal production that require individual focus and identify any problem areas. Small and large ensemble classes will lay the foundations for group singing work that will then be advanced in Music Theatre Combination Class in semester 2.

Intended learning outcomes

On completing this subject students will be able to:
For Singing Voice:
• understand the fundamental physiological foundations of different components of human vocal sound;
• apply the aforementioned physiological information directly to their own voice production;
• understand the vocal technical requirements of a specific range of music theatre voice sounds;
• display development in the ability to musically harmonise, phrase and blend within the given context of story, character and musical style.
For Spoken Voice:
• demonstrate a developing understanding of voice production from a physically released body;
• demonstrate a developing ability to speak on full breath support with strong, secure tone;
• demonstrate the development of flexibility in range;
• demonstrate the development of clear articulation.

Generic skills

On completing this subject students will be able to:
• exhibit extensive practical and theoretical understanding of their discipline including acquisition of skill level, discipline, relevant professional knowledge, and ethics appropriate to professional artistic practice;
• be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning.
• recognise and value their uniqueness as an artist whilst developing diversification ;
• participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


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



Continuous: Preparation and participation in individual lessons demonstrating continuous application. 25%

Continuous: Preparation and participation in small ensemble demonstrating continuous application. 15%

Continuous: Preparation and participation in large ensemble demonstrating continuous application. 10%

Continuous: Preparation and participation in spoken voice classes demonstrating continuous application. 15%

Formal: Performance of a set task in individual voice lesson. Final lesson week 12. 15%

Written: Self-assessment based on a journal of classroom experiences and self-directed study covering progress and observations of development in singing. 500 words. Due week 13. 10%

Written: Self-assessment based on a journal, detailing observations and progress in spoken voice. 500 words. Due week 13. 10%

Late submission: Unless an extension has been granted, for essays/assignments submitted after the due date, the mark a student is awarded for their work will be reduced by 10% for each day the work is late. Using electronic submission means work may be submitted on any day. Unless an extension has been granted, assignments submitted later than 5 working days (or 1 week if due on a weekend) after the due date will not be marked, and will receive no marks.

Hurdle requirements: Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorRainer Pollard
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours72 Hours
    Total time commitment120 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

120 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 24 July 2019