Base Skills 1

Subject DRAM10013 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36
Total Time Commitment:


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 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 and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Classes will cover spoken voice, actor’s movement and physical conditioning and dance technique. These classes provide some of the fundamental underpinnings for the three key skill areas of music theatre training and will build the performer’s strength, flexibility and freedom whilst developing self-awareness and understanding of habitual patterns and blocks.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject students will:
• exhibit a developing understanding of the elements of spoken voice production for performance, including breath support, range, resonance and articulation;
• exhibit a developing understanding of the expressive nature of the actor’s body;
• exhibit a developing understanding of safe dance technique and conditioning training.


Continuous: preparation and participation in classes, demonstrating continuous application to given task and progress in learning and engagement with key concepts spoken voice 20%, actor’s movement 20%, technique & conditioning 20%: (total 60%)
Formal: assessment of a set 10-minute task for each of spoken voice (10%), actor’s movement (10%) and conditioning and technique (10%) carried out in week 10.
Written: a self-assessment of progress based on a journal of classroom experiences and reflection across the three key areas of spoken voice, actor’s movement and conditioning and technique (10%) Submitted week 8. 500 words in total

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Upon completion of this subject students will:
• exhibit developing knowledge of the key basic components of music theatre performance;
• have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems;
• exhibit a developing capacity for self-reflection, analysis and critical thinking.

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