This course is now validated by Sheffield Hallam University for September 2019 start.
Do you have a passion for singing and want to make it as a professional vocalist? If so this newly validated degree could be just what you are looking for. The Arden is proud to offer this new degree course to run from September 2019 onwards. This BA (Hons) degree at UCEN Manchester will give you all the exceptional skills you need to fulfil your potential as a professional singer.
Based at our outstanding Arden School of Theatre, you’ll learn a wide range of vital techniques across your three years here, focusing on your voice. You will cover modules such as solo singing, ensemble singing, as well as developing your wider skills with some acting through song and movement classes. You will really get to know your voice and explore how you use it through vocal biology sessions and repertoire development sessions. You will also get the chance to learn how to use a basic recording studio set up and record your voice to showcase you off to the industry.
You’ll be learning every day from renowned singing teachers, musical directors and take part in visiting workshops. If you are a keen singer and want to take it to the next level, this is the course for you!
As well as being passionate about singing, you should have at least 96 UCAS points or equivalent. This should be relevant to the performing arts subject area. A grade 8 in singing and grade 5 music theory will also be a big help.
If you’re a mature applicant with relevant experience in your chosen specialism, we can still consider your application. International students should be able to demonstrate a proficiency in English, with an IELTS score of 6.0.
All applicants will be invited to audition with us.
Throughout your entire degree, you’ll be participating in a wide variety of assignments and workshop sessions, and we’ll give you regular, constructive feedback on all of these.
Alongside the practical assessments of your singing, dancing and acting skills you’ll also evaluate your own development and be responsible for your own research project in your third year.
The fees for this BA (Hons) degree in Vocal Studies and Performance is currently £8,900 per year.
Skills for the Vocalist
This module explores the further skills needed as a vocalist to aid performance. This will range from spoken voice, dance, movement and Feldenkrais
Acting Through Song
The modules aims to further develop and strengthen subject knowledge and provide a process for revealing the dramatic shape of a song. Intensify the characters needs and establishing character relationship. You will learn how to develop and use objectives as part of the through line of the narrative.
The module aims to further develop and strengthen subject knowledge, encourage students to identify and examine their own practice in the wider context of the history vocal performance.
This module will develop the singer as part of an ensemble. There will be an appreciation of vocal and instrumental composition as part of an ensemble. This module will introduce the principals of general musicianship through music theory and sight singing.
This module will focus on the solo performance. This will incorporate up to date singing technique and will develop the knowledge of the anatomy of the voice and its application to singing.
This module will cover the necessary musical theory needed to be able to read basic sheet music. This will also cover some vocal anatomy and general musicianship skills needed to become a professional performer.
Advanced Skills for the Vocalist
This module looks to further challenge and develop knowledge from the level 4 module, looking at increasing complex tasks and the application of these skills to performance.
The Art of Cabaret
This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop and experience the craft of cabaret performance. This includes but is not limited to comedy performance, presentational performance, and audience participation. This module also aims to equip students with the skills needed to research and find venues and have an introduction to marketing a public performance.
Advanced Ensemble Singing
This is a continuation of the Level 4 module to develop more understanding of music theory and be able to apply this knowledge to create harmony in an ensemble.
This module will further the development of fine-tuning and dynamics of ensemble singing and extend the vocal technique of the individual through a range of repertoire, vocal styles and qualities. Through practical workshops students will learn to analyse and devise more complex harmony structures through a variety of repertoire.
Advanced Solo Singing
This module aims to further the development of fine-tuning of solo singing and extend the vocal technique of the individual through a range of repertoire, vocal styles and qualities. Underpinning this students will develop the knowledge of vocal biology which will transfer into the practical application of a developed singing technique.
Critical Performance Theory
In order to further develop and strengthen subject knowledge, this module aims to use performance analysis with a theoretical approach in order to develop students’ critical understanding of their own practice within a contemporary musical theatre context.
Intro to Studio Production
In this module, students will be introduced to the skills needed to aid them as a vocalist in a studio environment. Students will create a small portfolio of recordings that demonstrate a clear understanding of the technical and creative applications of multi-track recording systems and microphones. The primary focus of this module will be to demonstrate the knowledge to record vocals with either live instruments or backing tracks.
In order to further develop and strengthen subject knowledge, this module aims to facilitate students in their researching, collating and building a range of materials in the creation of a professional portfolio for entry to employment and industry. The module also aims to teach students the etiquettes and idiosyncrasies of a variety of professional audition scenarios.
In this module students will demonstrate the ability to perform in a typical contemporary vocalist performance. Students will interpret material that is suitable for the form and test their musicality by performing under live circumstances, rehearsing and leading a band of musicians in a ‘gig’ situation.
The module aims to provide an opportunity for students to curate material and, under professional conditions, perform a full scale concert performance. The students will find strategies for managing all aspects of the creative process including: the creation of a cohesive repertoire, the varying complexities of concert performance, performing multiple genres with theatrical characterisation to a public audience, and the embedding of creative decisions of the director/musical director.
In order to further develop and strengthen subject knowledge, this module aims to engage students in the logistics of researching, rehearsing and performing for a live audience under professional theatre conditions integrating movement, acting, and vocal skills, culminating in a theatrical performance of a musical play or revue.
In this module the students will continue to develop skills in audio production in a studio environment. Students will produce a thorough vocal reel which could be used to market themselves as a professional vocalist
Negotiated Research Project
In order to further develop and strengthen subject knowledge, this module aims to provide the opportunity to further develop independent learning through critical and analytical investigation of a self-selected research topic. Students are encouraged to examine the inter-relationships of different bodies of knowledge inside and beyond the areas of the programme and develop, where appropriate, a personal philosophy and apply aesthetic judgements in the review of concepts, theory, and realisation of performance.