Singing 1

Subject DRAM10005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Year Long, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours over 14 weeks
Total Time Commitment: 24 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Mr Tony Smith


Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic 3006 Tel: 9685 9419
Subject Overview:

Singing 1 is devised as an integral part of Voice and students' singing skills are developed within the framework of their acting process. The singing component is introduced in the first two weeks of the year. The emphasis in the first block is to give students the understanding and confidence to approach a song as a performer, therefore a significant proportion of time is devoted to group singing and establishing an understanding of different music styles. The second block is introduced in Semester two after the students have completed two terms of work in Voice. The subject includes: exercises to develop breathing and supple diaphragm support; the relation of posture to singing; articulation exercises and games; games to develop rhythm sharing and pitch awareness; group singing.


On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • demonstrate the specific skills necessary for singing;
  • perform a song with simplicity and ease;
  • hear the elements of rhythm and pitch;
  • respond both technically (as an instrument) and as a performer;
  • work with physical ease and support;
  • work with a supportive breathing system;
  • work without strain;
  • hear and respond to melody and rhythm;
  • work within the demands of group singing.

Assessment is based upon class participation, level of preparation, and the degree to which the stated outcomes have been achieved. Progressive class assessment (100%). This subject will not be graded, and will be recorded as P or N.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have acquired the following skills
• The capacity to demonstrate the specific skills necessary for singing;
• The capacity to perform a song with simplicity and ease;
• To capacity to hear the elements of rhythm and pitch;
• The capacity to work with focus, energy and responsibility in class.
• The capacity for imaginative, transformative and interpretive activity
• The capacity for mental, vocal, physical and emotional rigour in application to tasks.
• The capacity to participate effectively in collaborative learning as a team member, whilst respecting individual differences
• The ability to perform

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Dramatic Art (VCA)

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