Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age

Subject MUSI30235 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Trevor Jones


Faculty of the VCA & MCM Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject is a practical and theoretical exploration of the development of the modern musical from its beginnings through to the end of what is commonly termed ‘The Golden Age’ through the lens of the large ensemble, delivered through a weekly 2-hour large ensemble singing class and a one-hour embedded lecture. Singing in the supportive environment of a large group, students will explore the role of large ensemble songs of significant shows of the period such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein whilst developing skills in safe voice usage and technique, basic music notation, harmonies, song structure and style as well as developing an understanding of acting through song. Each week the lecture will focus on a musical that changed the music theatre landscape and its impact on the development of the form will be discussed. The subject will conclude with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered. No former singing or musical experience is necessary.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop knowledge of music theatre repertoire and history
  • Develop practical knowledge of safe voice usage.
  • Develop collaborative learning skills
  • Develop respect for the values and principles of ensemble performance.
  • Continuous: Assessment will be based on the level of attainment in preparation of parts, individual and/or sectional practice and active participation in all rehearsals, classes and performances as directed, worth 30%
  • Weekly on-line 5 question multiple choice test, drawn from lecture material, timed during weeks 1-12, worth 30%
  • Written: A research task: 1,500 words, due in week 12, worth 40%
  • Less than 80% attendance will result in a fail. All assessment components must be attempted in order to pass the subject.
  • Formal: Participation in a final performance is a hurdle requirement.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Exhibit knowledge of major writers and composers of music theatre of the ‘Golden Age’ and principle works of the era.
  • Demonstrate skills in large ensemble singing, including part-singing, harmonies and blend.
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles of safe voice usage
  • Perform selected repertoire to concert standard
  • Participate with ability and self-confidence as a team member of a performing group
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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice)

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