|1. Description - |
|This course teaches vocal techniques and styles as utilized in Musical Theater. Instruction includes development of singing skills, basic body movement, acting technique, interpretation of Broadway song literature in a staged performance. Students are required to prepare a final project excerpted from a standard works. All performances are evaluated. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required.|
|Prerequisite: THTR 48B or instructor approval.|
|Advisory: MUS 13C.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- sing musical theater repertoire with vocal technique appropriate to the overall genre and any sub-genres explored.
- learn a wide variety of repertoire appropriate to the student's voice type within musical theatre genre.
- have the skills and understanding needed to research and expand repertoire and vocal development.
- successfully communicate music and lyrics within the context of a scene as a character in a staged performance
- develop the skills needed to work as a soloist and within an ensemble with a director, music director, choreographer and accompanist.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Clothing suitable for rehearsal work. A flexible, open-space classroom with piano. Rehearsal accompanist. Audio and/or video recording and playback equipment. |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- application of musical theater repertoire singing technique
- posture and breath support in solo and ensemble material
- ability to properly support a musical phrase in a staged performance
- maintain that support within heightened dramatic and emotional moments in sung repertoire
- expand personal vocal warm-up regimen to accommodate more challenging repertoire.
- successfully move from scene to song with appropriate vocal style.
- ability to research, understand and perform music appropriate to type
- solidify vocal repertoire for voice and physical type.
- ability to research roles appropriate to type
- ability to target areas for growth as techniques develop.
- ability to perform in varied vocal styles appropriate to sub-genres studied
- ability to create character and relationships within assigned material within accepted performance practice
- ability to break down each song/ensemble as a fully developed character based on text
- ability to break down each song/ensemble as a fully developed character based on music
- mastery of moment to moment journey of character within each song by sustaining both vocal energy and dramatic intention.
- identify how the vocal line and musical accompaniment support and define the characters emotional journey and discovery
- expand knowledge of rehearsal technique as a musical theater singer
- develop discipline and techniques for rehearsal and preparation required between rehearsals
- develop ability to collaborate with other singers within scenes and ensembles
- learn the appropriate theater discipline and develop the ability to work effectively in the rehearsal setting with director, musical director, choreographer
- incorporate simple elements of costume and make-up in portrayal of characters
- prepare and maintain all assigned material from rehearsal through performance, including all music, scene work, movement and dance
- meet deadlines preparation as required
- attend all final rehearsals allowing for tech/dress as needed
- maintain performance discipline throughout all performances
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Evaluation of student rehearsal and performances including songs and ensembles.
- Demonstration of theory and techniques acquired, consistency of vocal technique through prepared material in rehearsal and performance.
- Character analysis for assigned songs and ensemble.
- Short homework assignments posted in the Course Studio covering various topics from reflective singing exercises to listening and video watching assignments.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Moore, Tracey with Allison Bergman. Acting the Song. New York: Allsworth Press, 2008. |
Songs and ensembles provided by the instructor.
|8. Disciplines - |
|Theatre Arts |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of American musical theatre and vocal technique.
- In-class singing of musical theatre material by students followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
- Individual and group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and analysis.
|10. Lab Content - |
- Supervised rehearsal of voice development exercises, songs and ensembles.
- Individual and Partner exploration and rehearsal of assigned repertoire.
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Individual and ensemble music, lyrics and script reading assignments
- Self-reflective journal and/or character analysis of songs
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Theatre Arts. |