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This subject is an introduction to musical theatre through both an historical examination of its development and a practical experience of number of the key works of the genre through singing large ensemble songs. The diversity of styles of music theatre music and singing will be identified through learning basic vocal pedagogy, enhanced by the development of critical listening skills and experienced through a representative sample of repertoire, which will be situated in the contexts of both their socio-political and artistic significance. The subject will conclude with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students should:
Be developing research skills into artistic works and practices and the capacity to present these in essay form
- Have an appreciation and understanding of the form of musical theatre and its historical development
- Be able to demonstrate enhanced knowledge of the most significant writers and composers of the form and their works
- 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 a range of musical theatre songs and the vocal styles employed to sing them
On completing this subject students will:
• examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines;
• expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects;
• have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems.
Last updated: 14 January 2020