PERF06006 2019 Introduction to Voice and Movement 1

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Voice and Movement 1
Transcript Title
Introduction to Voice and Move
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Una Mannion, Declan Drohan, Niall Colleary, Rhona Trench, Bernie Meehan, Agnes Pallai, Marketa Formanova
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of movement and vocal production in the field of performing arts. Students explore basic anatomy and physiology and will examine various techniques in both movement and voice to develop the body in performance. They will develop awareness of posture, flexibility, body and vocal articulation, resonance, vocal projection, breath control, sensory and spatial awareness. Student-centred learning of “whole person” (kinaesthetic, aesthetic, cognitive and psychological-social aspects) through movement and voice is crucial element of the introduction to the module complexity. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate understanding of voice training skills.


Demonstrate knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and apply this to voice and movement production.


Develop vocal range, clarity, sensitivity and understand the psycho-physical nature of voice.


Demonstrate movement exploration and understanding of introduced movement techniques and principles.


Identify and explore basic movement elements within the creative process of making the choreography.


Rehearse, perform and present work, synthesise voice and movement techniques and principles effectively and safely.


 Work co-operatively with other students.


Develop independent self-reflection and observation of individual training needs.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Student-centred strategies for teaching Voice and Movement.

Student learning incorporating aspects as following:

  1. Kinaesthetic – motor development (moving and learning)
  2. Aesthetic -  personal (artistic) growth
  3. Cognitive – intellectual (thinking, perceiving and processing)
  4. Psychological – social (feeling and interacting)

Module Assessment Strategies

100% structured practical assessment

Repeat Assessments


Solo Project

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Fundamentals of Movement and Voice:
  • Introduction to basic anatomy and physiology - awareness of psycho-physical inhibitors
  • Exploring and understanding of Locomotor and Non-Locomotor movements as basic mover's motor skills
  • Focus on body alignment, posture, neutral position, placement of weight, moving from the centre of gravity – involvement of the whole self
  • Importance of warm up and cooling down exercises to develop muscular strength and flexibility
  • Fundamentals of Alexander Technique
  • Breath support and control
  • Relaxation

2. Specific Voice Skills:

  • Breath support and control
  • Development of tone
  • Projection
  • Pitch
  • Articulation
  • Colour in voice

3. Specific Movement Skills:

  • Understanding and exploring of Locomotor and Non-locomotor movements as basic motor skill
  • Energizing body through movement tempo and specific rhythm
  • Introduction to spatial awareness using Laban principles
  • Introduction to fundamentals of mix contemporary dance techniques (Duncan, Cunningham, Graham, Humphrey) to develop movement memorisation and quality of performed movement.

4. Introduction to Choreography:

  • Exploration and expression of performed movement
  • Basic elements of choreography and form of structuring movement and group awareness in duet, trio, ensemble
  • Relationship between movers in time: use of Unison and Canon

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual Progress and Observation Continuous Assessment Individual Project 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6,8
2 Ensemble Work Continuous Assessment Group Project 50 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Black Box Voice 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Black Box Movement 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Berry, C. Voice and the Actor, London: Harrap. 1973

Dennis, A. The Articulate Body: The physical training of the actor, New York: Drama Book. 1994

Laban, R. & L. Ullmann The Mastery of movement, Northcote House. 1998

Linklater, K. Freeing the natural voice, London: Nick Hern Books. 2006

Houseman, B. Finding Your Voice, New York, Routledge. 2002

Newlove, J. Laban for actors and dancers, New York: Routledge. 1993

Rodenburg, P. Working with the voice, New York, Routledge. 1992

Sabatine, J, Movement training for the stage and screen, London: Black. 1995

2012, Susan Au & James Rutter, Ballet and Modern Dance, Thames and Hudson Ltd.

1998, Jean M. Brown, Naomi Mindlin & Charles Humphrey Woodford, The Vision of Modern Dance: In the Words of Its Creators, Princeton Book Company,

2015, Andrea Mantell Seidel, Isadora Duncan in the 21st Century: Capturing the Art and Spirit of the Dancer's Legacy, McFarland 

2013, Eric Franklin, Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance - 2nd Edition, Human Kinetics

2006, Karen Sue Clippinger, Dance anatomy and kinesiology 1st Edition, Human Kinetics

2010, Jacqui Haas, Dance Anatomy, Human Kinetics, USA


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Additional Information

Appropriate flat space: studio/ hall/ room without carpet but best with sprung floor

Hume Hall/ Black Box/ MPC Studio/ alternative suitable space

Access to sound system, PC with projector/screen

Portable white board

Yoga Mat (for each student)