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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre with Teaching

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Institution C58

UCAS W4X1

Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees,?please see our Tuition Fee page.

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Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS /?EPQ?/?BTEC?/ Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120?UCAS?Tariff Points

BTEC?/ Cambridge Technical:?DDD?-?DMM

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Interview: Yes, candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in dance, acting and singing. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Course content

Delivered by highly experienced practitioners in musical theatre and in the specialist teaching of performance work, this course offers access from first year onwards to training in musical theatre dance, singing and stage acting and students will select a focus which reflects their strengths in these different areas.

Complementing this is the specialist development of practical skills in vocal or dance teaching – within one of the largest performance departments in the UK.

Second and third year students can opt to audition for performance projects at the Alexandra Theatre, other regional theatres and in our own campus performance spaces.

Performance projects range from large scale musical theatre with full pit orchestra set and costume to straight plays, smaller ensemble projects and dance revues and you can also develop skills in technical theatre and arts management roles in supporting performance projects.

Where this can take you

Students will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of areas beyond University.

Course progression in the department has been very high, with a number of students going on to further study at masters level in some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the country and in PGCE teacher training.

As performers, alumni have gone into:

  • West End productions
  • Major touring productions throughout Europe
  • Teaching in stage schools
  • Major cruise ships including Disney
  • UK and International small-scale touring theatre
  • ?Private singing teaching
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cabaret
  • Stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world?

Indicative modules

Musical Theatre Skills

The importance of communicative performance and of an actively engaging relationship with the viewer will be?emphasised?in group lessons and in formative performance assessment, and a good standard of presentation will be encouraged in preparing students for the assessment task. Students will discuss aspects of performance practice relevant to their individual choice of or combination of discipline development, and develop their skills in the forming of critical?judgements?of performance.

Performance Development

This module introduces various approaches to performance that can serve to assist the student when communicating music to the listener. A variety of skills particular to their individual vocal or instrumental style will be explored with teachers.?

Technique for the young Performer

Sound approaches to technique will be explored as the essential foundation for expressive musical performance and a range of technical strategies will be tested and?analysed, drawing upon students' own experience as learners, particularly in the early stages of study.?

Grades and Development

This module is designed to make connections between the measured progress of the young player or singer and the general musical development of the child. Sessions are focused on graded development at early stages, with particular attention being paid to the acquisition of aural training and sight reading skills.?

Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business.?

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development.?

Introduction To Musical Theatre

The module will introduce students to key skills in examining repertoire drawn from succeeding periods of musical?theatre?history, supporting an examination of musical structure with a parallel focus on developments in dance and drama within the genre.?

Musical Grammar

Designed to enable each student to work at their own pace,?whilst?moving towards a common level of achievement, the module will introduce, reintroduce and?familiarise?students with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation.

Grades and Development

This module is designed to make connections between the measured progress of the young player or singer and the general musical development of the child. Sessions are focused on graded development at early stages, with particular attention being paid to the acquisition of aural training and sight reading skills.?

Preparing Young Learners For Assessment And Performance

The practical, placement experience allows you to become a beginner all over again by learning a ‘new’ instrument during this term, recreating the feelings experienced by beginners.? Various repertoire, aural tests, scales, and sight reading will be included in a broad exploration of assessment and discussions will cover the pressures or constraints that exams place on students.

Psychology of Learning and Teaching

This module explores psychology - the internal process - involved from both the teacher and student perspective during musical learning. Students gain a general understanding of the historical framework of learning theories and social frameworks with psychology.?

The Movie Musical

The module will introduce students to key skills in examining repertoire drawn from succeeding periods of movie musical history, supporting an examination of musical structure with a parallel focus on developments in dance and drama within the genre.?

Performance Anxiety

This course will look at the problem of performance anxiety/stage nerves studying both the theoretical background and how to effectively deal with them.The course introduces a wide range of theories from relevant disciplines including cognitive?behavioural?therapy and?neuro-linguistic?programming.?

Opera And Operetta

Available in two different delivery modes, this course can be followed as either a conventional weekly series of lectures during semester two, or as a week long intensive culminating in a staged performance outside the semester period. Learning is focused on examples drawn from 19th century opera forms, seeking to develop a lively sense of the evolving performance context which came to be described as operetta.

Self-Employment, Marketing And Promotion

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business.?

The Musical Theatre Business

Student will explore examples of different types of musical theatre performance and the function of a range of professional roles in commercial and publicly funded contexts. The development of this knowledge base will support their own personal development as aspiring professionals

Personal Study

To provide students with an opportunity to select an area of study of their choice, in an aspect of film acting, lecture presentation or written work, and to develop this over an extended period. For all students this provides an opportunity to develop an individual repertoire, and to present a longer and more challenging?programme?of research work.

One To One Teaching

This module will introduce a range of techniques in structuring lessons, communicating expressive and musical concepts and problem solving designed to create an exciting and stimulating learning experience for individual instrumentalists or singers embarking on the early stages of study.?

Group Teaching

You will engage in workshop activity designed to explore the potential of strategies and material that could be used in a variety of teaching contexts and will reflect on relationships between this activity and your practical workshop experience. Practical experience will be with a musical group/class/ensemble at the university, a school, or a performance centre and students will both observe the methods, manner, and style of that teacher and will design a piece for that group.?

Business Project

This module is taken by Arts Management students. It aims to develop competency in business planning and to develop the imaginative use of physical and creative resources.

Communicating Music Through Movement & Gesture

This course will explore the opportunities that exist for enhanced communication within the formal performance context, using the performer’s own physical projection of self and personal narrative of intention.?

Introduction To Fundraising In The Arts

The module will consider the third-sector in relation to the other two sectors, the legal structures for nonprofit organisations and regional variations in regulation, alongside the charity model in at least one other country.?

Opera

Available in two different delivery modes, this course can be followed as either a conventional weekly series of lectures during semester two, or as a week long intensive culminating in a staged performance outside the semester period. Learning is focused on examples drawn from?19th?century opera forms, seeking to develop a lively sense of the evolving performance context which came to be described as operetta.

Swing Project

This third year module is intended to give students an insight to the role of a ‘swing’ within a musical?theatre?performance context. It will encourage students to develop an exploration of performance styles in practical work and to encourage a willingness to approach new and more ambitious material. A more professional approach to rehearsal will be encouraged and students will be required to keep a ‘swing bible’ (written log) of all information needed to effectively take part in the performance, in any given role.

Throughout their study all students can access our Professional Resilience modules which explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and introduce students to a number of different models of successful self development.

Course elements will vary, but may include:

  • Get out of your mind for free, how to handle unwanted Private Events (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations);
  • Love your Ears - Raising Awareness about Dangers of Hearing Loss;
  • Mood and Food, explore the Relationship of what you eat and how you feel;
  • Making Achievable Goals;
  • Spirituality and Wellbeing;
  • An Introduction to Colour Analysis and Style;
  • Employability and Careers;
  • Mindfulness and Creative Practice, offering techniques to help ‘quiet your mind’ and relax in the present moment;
  • Active Listening;
  • The Performing Body, using Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method;
  • Yoga for singers and instrumentalists
  • Tai Chi

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

The mission is to provide the student with skills that will enable them to navigate the complexities of the musical?theatre industry through the offer of a professional standard of training within a well-structured and ambitious timetable with a specific focus on teaching their acquired skills to others.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

The tutors are professional practitioners, demonstrating leadership in the industry offering peer support to colleagues and are generous with their knowledge and expertise. ?

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of acting, dance and vocal coaches drawn from a core of more than 200 specialist staff.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays/portfolios, examinations, performances and practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Additional Costs

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