Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Griffiths


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,


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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