|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject is a practical and theoretical exploration of the development of the modern musical from its beginnings in opera and operetta through to the end of what is commonly termed ‘The Golden Age’. A weekly 2-hour large ensemble singing class will explore the music of the period, focusing on the stylistic traits of ‘legit’ singing in music theatre. A one-hour lecture will consider major shows of the period, analysing their cultural context and performance style and examine the emergence and development of the ‘book musical’ with its integration of libretto, song and dance. Other lectures will explore vocal pedagogy, safe voice usage and develop critical listening skills. The subject will conclude with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered. No former singing or musical experience is necessary.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students should:
- have developed an appreciation of the Golden Age of the Broadway musical and its artistic and cultural context and significance
- have developed a better understanding of safe and unsafe vocal practices in both singing and speech
- have developed skills in critical listening
- be able to identify stylistic traits of ‘legit’ musical theatre singing
- Have developed an embodied understanding of the stylistic traits of ‘legit’ singing in application to song
Be developing enhanced research skills into artistic works and practices and the capacity to present these in essay form
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Exhibit knowledge of major writers and composers of music theatre of the ‘Golden Age’ and principle works of the era.
- Demonstrate skills in large ensemble singing, including part-singing, harmonies and blend.
- Demonstrate understanding of principles of safe voice usage
- Perform selected repertoire to concert standard
- Participate with ability and self-confidence as a team member of a performing group
Eligibility and requirements
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
- 2 x Blog entries: 600 words each, Weeks:4 & 10, - 30%
- 30-minute test, Week 7, - 10%
- Essay: 2,000 words, examination period, - 50%
- Continuous: assessment will be based on the level of attainment in preparation of parts, individual and/or sectional practice and active participation in all rehearsals, classes and performances as directed, Week1-12, - 10%
Participation in the final performance is a hurdle requirement. Less than 80% attendance will result in a fail. All assessment components must be attempted in order to pass the subject.
Quotas apply to this subject
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Jayde Kirchert Mode of delivery On Campus — Southbank Contact hours 36 hours Total time commitment 120 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
This subject has a quota of 80 students. Selection is automated and based on the order in which students enrol. Your enrolment in this subject guarantees a space unless you withdraw. Once the subject quota has been reached, all enrolled students will be contacted.
If the subject is full, spaces may become available in the future as others withdraw. The only way to check this is by attempting to enrol. Please note that there are no waiting lists for this subject.
As entry into this subject is based only on the order in which students enrol, special permission will not be offered to any students.
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- 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.