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Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals (MUST30012)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMUST30012
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In 1968 the first rock major musical Hair caused a sensation and spawned a new genre. A weekly 2-hour large ensemble singing class will explore the music of significant contemporary rock musicals, using music from a handful of the genre's best examples to develop the capacity to identify and experience in practice the stylistic traits of contemporary voice. A one-hour lecture will consider major shows of contemporary music theatre, from mega-musicals like Les Miserables and The Lion King, to juke-box musicals like Jersey Boys and Hairspray and off-Broadway hits like Rent and Next to Normal, analysing their cultural context and performance style. Consideration will be given to the changing form of music theatre over its history and potential developments into the future. 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 socio-cultural context of a range of contemporary musicals
  • 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 voice usage in contemporary musicals.
  • Have developed an embodied understanding of the stylistic traits of contemporary voice in application to song

Have developed 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 contemporary rock musicals and principle works of the genre
  • 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





Non-allowed subjects

MUSI10211 MUSI20188

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



  • 30-minute test, Week 6, - 10%
  • Two online contributions (may be wiki, blog, keynote, electronic folio or other electronic form) that respond to lecture material. 600 words each or equivalent time commitment of 30 hours effort per entry, Weeks 8 and 12, - 30%
  • Research essay: 2,000 words, Week 12, - 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, Weeks 1-12, - 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 1
    Principal coordinatorJayde Kirchert
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours36 hours
    Total time commitment170 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

    Jayde Kirchert



    For currently enrolled students:

    Contact Stop 1

Time commitment details

170 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 August 2019