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Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age (MUST20009)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMUST20009
Campus
Southbank
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject 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

Generic skills

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

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

MUSI10214 MUSI30235

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

Assessment

Description

  • 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%

Hurdle Requirement
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 coordinatorJayde Kirchert
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours36 hours
    Total time commitment120 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

120 hours

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.

Further information

Last updated: 10 April 2019