Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Theatre and Performance
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Griffiths


Previously coded DTS1420


This unit will introduce students to a primary element of performance practice with a particular focus on the voice and its relationship to both the body of the performer and the investigation of texts. It will include opportunities for learning the specific skills of voice production. An understanding of the different techniques that have been used for teaching voice and their role in actor training will also be developed. Students will have an opportunity to apply this knowledge to creative processes, such as soundscapes, choral work and textual interpretation. They will undertake a research project on the use of voice in performance.


At the completion of this unit, students should have learned:

  1. to develop a strong kinaesthetic approach to centering the body, and to centering the voice and breath in the body,
  2. to open up the vocal mechanism to the free flow of sound,
  3. to isolate and develop awareness of; the tip, back and sides of the tongue, top and bottom lip, and the soft palate,
  4. to connect voice to meaning in working with text,


Reflective folio (equivalent 1500 words): 40%
Individual vocal work exercise (equivalent 1000 words): 20%
Group presentation of either choral or spoken text (equivalent 1500 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour workshop) per week

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