Stagecraft for Singers

Subject MUSI30120 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 hours per semester
Total Time Commitment: 12 hours contact plus 12 hours private study
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject enables performers singers to develop further their skills in relation to movement on stage and general presentation in performance.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

• Have an understanding and a good ability to use intention based- action playing.
• Use specific motivational techniques where necessary.
• Have confidence in spoken dialogue, whether in a libretto or on the concert platform.
• Modify their performance for different situations i.e., for audition, competition, concert platform or staged production.
• Move freely and convincingly around the stage when required.
• Understand and take physical direction from a director or theatre practitioner.
• Maintain a motivated and engaging performance standard whilst occupied with several artistic tasks on stage.
• To utilise specific tools to keep developing the art of convincing an audience that the performance is spontaneous and happening in the moment.


Continuous: Preparation and commitment as demonstrated by performance tasks and/or a regularly updated journal of activities embracing all areas studied (50%) - Hurdle requirement 80% attendance.

Formal: One performance/demonstration of approximately 15 minutes duration (50%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

• Exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to the practising musician
• Demonstrate an open and independent attitude towards contemporary cultural developments
• Demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the challenges for the professional musician in the 21st century
• Work at various levels, both individually and as a team member, in a wide variety of musical environments

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation) (VCA)

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