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This subject provides a foundational perspective of the history and major developments in Musical Theatre from the early 1900’s through to the 1960’s within social, cultural and historical contexts and as they connect to diverse objectives and influences. Skills in analysis of elements of structure and performance of music theatre works are also introduced.
Students will develop skills in musicianship, aural studies and music theory. This will provide them with a music theory foundation for their practice-based voice studies. Through their research, practice of music theory and general musicianship students will develop a foundational knowledge of the origins of music theatre and how music works within music theatre. This subject includes an embedded program in academic literacy skills of analysis, discussion, essay writing, research and information retrieval.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- appraise and contextualise historical developments in music theatre, circa 1900–1960;
- compare performance practices in musical theatre contexts;
- contextualise performance styles in music theatre in the period 1900–1960;
- demonstrate fundamental knowledge in music theory and music literacy, and fundamental skills in aural acuity and musicianship;
- integrate music theory skills into practice for a supported craft-based approach to singing.
Last updated: 5 February 2024