PERF06006 2019 Introduction to Voice and Movement 1
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.
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:
- Kinaesthetic – motor development (moving and learning)
- Aesthetic - personal (artistic) growth
- Cognitive – intellectual (thinking, perceiving and processing)
- Psychological – social (feeling and interacting)
Module Assessment Strategies
100% structured practical assessment
- 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
2. Specific Voice Skills:
- Breath support and control
- Development of tone
- 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
|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
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
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)