THTR11123 - Principal Performance Studios 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Through foundation studies in either music theatre, drama or technical theatre you will undertake practical studies in various aspects of performance or technical theatre depending on your chosen specialisation. If you are studying the music theatre specialisation, you will focus on singing, acting and dance (ballet, tap and jazz). If you are studying the drama specialisation you will focus on voice, acting and movement. If you are studying the technical theatre specialisation you will explore the technical theatre process through practical projects. You are expected to demonstrate cumulative levels of skill and knowledge through this series of units.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mackay

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Practical Assessment 30%
4. Written Assessment 10%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Class schedules Student course evaluations Class schedules will be made clear to students throughout the term.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to various acting tasks set for this unit.
  2. Perform accurately and musically the vocal scales, technical exercises and songs set for this unit
  3. Perform set dance combinations in contrasting styles, relevant to music theatre, as set for this unit.
  4. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to various drama tasks set for this unit.
  5. Apply fundamental principles of breath usage, support and placement of the voice to various performance exercises set for this unit.
  6. Apply fundamental levels of strength and flexibility in expressive movement to various performance exercises set for this unit
  7. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and creative expression to various production projects set for this unit.
  8. Describe the principles and methods of the theatre production process and apply these to various production projects set for this unit.
  9. Critically reflect on your performance practice and artistic development

Learning outcomes 1-3 apply to students enrolled in the Music Theatre specialisations. Learning Outcomes 4-6 apply to students enrolled in the Drama specialisation. Learning outcomes 7 and 8 apply to students enrolled in the Technical Theatre specialisation. Learning outcome 9 applies to all specialisations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment  
2 - Practical Assessment  
3 - Practical Assessment  
4 - Written Assessment                

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy                  
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence              
7. Cross Cultural Competence                  
8. Ethical practice                  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment        
2 - Practical Assessment        
3 - Practical Assessment        
4 - Written Assessment            

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPaula Dawson (p.dawson@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Week 2 13-03-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Week 3 20-03-2017

Intensive production period: no classes, workshops, lessons in discipline areas

N/A

Week 4 27-03-2017

Intensive production period: no classes, workshops, lessons in discipline areas

N/A

Week 5 03-04-2017

Intensive production period: no classes, workshops, lessons in discipline areas

N/A

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Week 7 24-04-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Week 8 01-05-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Week 9 08-05-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Week 10 15-05-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Week 11 22-05-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Week 12 29-05-2017

Tutorials and practical class work to support the learning outcomes of this course

N/A

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Practical Assessment Due Friday (09 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017
Practical Assessment Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Practical Assessment Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Practical Assessment Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Music theatre specialisation

You will be required to complete a practical assessment in singing consisting of the following:

Technical exam (closed assessment within the exam period)

  • Technical scales and exercises as set for Level 1, to be sung from memory.
  • One vocalise from Nicola Vaccai's Vocal Exercises-Metodo pratico de canto. The vocalise must be sung in Italian from memory, with piano accompaniment.
  • Advance Australia Fair, which will be sung unaccompanied, in any key, with no starting note provided. Two verses required, to be sung from memory.

Performance exam (public performance at the end of the term)

  • The program should demonstrate a choice of 4 works covering the different genres available throughout the history of 20th and 21st century music theatre with a total performance time of no longer than 15 minutes.
  • The program should show a variety of styles and tempos, and be sung entirely from memory.
  • The program is to be chosen in consultation with your teacher to ensure an appropriate level of difficulty is attempted.
  • Program notes for the recital program must be submitted at the time of the vocal exam. They should be a minimum of 200 words for each piece of music that you are performing in your recital program. You do not need to do program notes for your Technical exam.

Drama specialisation

Monologue presentation (public performance at the end of the term)

  • You will be required to present 4 contrasting monologues in an end of term examination. Two monologues will be classical and/or heightened language and two will be contemporary. These monologues will be chosen in consultation with the drama lecturer.
  • You will be required to present a drama performance of material chosen in consultation with the drama lecturer.

Technical Theatre specialisation

  • Technical Theatre Project 1 - Practical (20%)
    • subject area to be determined by the course coordinator and the technical theatre specialist staff
  • Technical Theatre Project 1 - Written journal and research (10%)
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After examination week.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Music theatre specialisation

The following criteria will be applied:

Technical examination

  • accuracy of intonation
  • accuracy of musical elements
  • clarity and accuracy of lyrics
  • breath control and support

Performance examination

  • accuracy of intonation and musical elements
  • clarity and accuracy of lyrics
  • breath control and support
  • ability to use appropriate vocal colours
  • appropriate interpretation of the work and communication of content
  • appropriateness of program notes

Drama specialisation:

Each of the following criteria are equally weighted for the monologue and drama presentations:

  • effectiveness of vocal delivery
  • effectiveness of physicality
  • evidence of active choices & focus on the other
  • maturity and depth of interpretation
  • commitment to the appropriate style

Technical theatre specialisation

Assessment criteria will be negotiated as appropriate for each individual project.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Practical assessment

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to various acting tasks set for this unit.

2. Perform accurately and musically the vocal scales, technical exercises and songs set for this unit

3. Perform set dance combinations in contrasting styles, relevant to music theatre, as set for this unit.

4. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to various drama tasks set for this unit.

5. Apply fundamental principles of breath usage, support and placement of the voice to various performance exercises set for this unit.

6. Apply fundamental levels of strength and flexibility in expressive movement to various performance exercises set for this unit

7. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and creative expression to various production projects set for this unit.

8. Describe the principles and methods of the theatre production process and apply these to various production projects set for this unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Music theatre specialisation

  • You will be required to complete practical drama assessments based on material worked on during class.
  • Assessments will be performed in front of the class and/or at a public performance at the end of the term.

Drama specialisation

  • You will be required to complete practical drama assessments based on material worked on during class.
  • Assessments will be performed in front of the class and/or at a public performance at the end of the term.

Technical Theatre specialisation

  • You will be required to complete a practical project with the drama students based on material worked on during class.
  • Assessments will be performed in front of the class and/or at a public performance at the end of the term.
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After examination week.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Music theatre and Drama specialisations

Each of the following assessment criteria are equally weighted:

  • effectiveness of vocal delivery
  • effectiveness of physicality
  • evidence of active choices & focus on the other
  • maturity and depth of interpretation
  • commitment to the appropriate style
  • 100% attendance at all classes, tutorials and rehearsals as stated on the CQCM timetable

Students who are not able to attend any scheduled acting class, tutorial or rehearsal must present a doctor's certificate or letter from the student counsellor outlining the reasons for non-attendance.

Technical theatre specialisation

Assessment criteria will be negotiated as appropriate for each individual project.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Practical assessment

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to various acting tasks set for this unit.

2. Perform accurately and musically the vocal scales, technical exercises and songs set for this unit

3. Perform set dance combinations in contrasting styles, relevant to music theatre, as set for this unit.

4. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to various drama tasks set for this unit.

5. Apply fundamental principles of breath usage, support and placement of the voice to various performance exercises set for this unit.

6. Apply fundamental levels of strength and flexibility in expressive movement to various performance exercises set for this unit

7. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and creative expression to various production projects set for this unit.

8. Describe the principles and methods of the theatre production process and apply these to various production projects set for this unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Music theatre specialisation

You will be required to complete a practical assessment in each of the three styles of dance shown here:

  • ballet
  • modern music theatre (jazz)
  • tap

Specific choreography and routines for each of these dance styles will be taught throughout the term and assessed during the end of term examination period. This will be a closed assessment during the end of term exam period.

Drama specialisation

  • Dance/movement assessment (10%) - You will be required to complete a practical assessment in dance/movement. This will be a closed assessment during the end of term exam period.
  • Singing assessment (10%) - You will be required to perform two contrasting songs in a closed assessment during the end of term exam period.
  • Drama journal (10%)- You will be required to complete a written journal outlining your development as an actor throughout the term. Minimum of 200 words per week.

Technical Theatre specialisation

  • Technical Theatre Project 2 - Practical (20%)
    • subject area to be determined by the course coordinator and the technical theatre specialist staff
  • Technical Theatre Project 2 - Written journal and research (10%)

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After examination week.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Music theatre specialisation

The assessment criteria for the three dance areas are as follows:

Ballet

  • technique - 10%
  • musicality - 10%
  • performance - 10%

Music theatre dance (jazz)

  • technique - 15%
  • musicality - 10%
  • performance - 15%

Tap

  • technique - 10%
  • musicality - 10%
  • performance - 10%

Drama specialisation

Dance/movement assessment criteria

  • technique - 10%
  • musicality - 10%
  • performance - 10%

Singing assessment criteria

  • accuracy of intonation and musical elements - 10%
  • appropriate interpretation and ability to communicate the content of the song - 20%

Journal assessment criteria


  • Weekly journal accurately outlining the work covered in that week - 10%
  • Depth of treatment of research and analysis of theory/performance - 10%
  • Demonstration of reflective and analytic thinking, and an ability to write clearly and logically - 10%
  • An appropriate length of work; accurate spelling and grammar; and the correct application of the referencing style with in-text references and a reference list - 10%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Drama and Technical theatre reflective journals must be submitted through the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to various acting tasks set for this unit.

2. Perform accurately and musically the vocal scales, technical exercises and songs set for this unit

3. Perform set dance combinations in contrasting styles, relevant to music theatre, as set for this unit.

4. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and dramatic expression to various drama tasks set for this unit.

5. Apply fundamental principles of breath usage, support and placement of the voice to various performance exercises set for this unit.

6. Apply fundamental levels of strength and flexibility in expressive movement to various performance exercises set for this unit

7. Apply fundamental theatre skills, theatre craft and creative expression to various production projects set for this unit.

8. Describe the principles and methods of the theatre production process and apply these to various production projects set for this unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Professional Seminar

  • All students will participate in a weekly professional seminar on a range of topics associated with theatre and performance.
  • For each professional seminar you will be required to write a short reflection providing answers to the following three questions: 1. What happened in this week's professional seminar? 2. How did you contribute to this week's professional seminar? 3. What did you learn from this week's professional seminar and how will you apply this to your future learning and performance process? You will write your answers online and this is to be submitted for marking by the Friday of each week, 11.45pm.
  • 100% attendance is required at all seminar sessions.
  • Students who are not able to attend any scheduled Professional Seminar session must present a doctor's certificate or letter from the student counselor outlining the reasons for non-attendance.
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Professional Seminar process papers shall be submitted on the Friday immediately following the seminar.
Return Date to Students After examination week.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The following assessment criteria are equally weighted:

  • 100% attendance at all scheduled Professional Seminar sessions
  • Active participation in all Professional Seminar sessions
  • Submission and quality of Professional Seminar reflective process papers
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Practical assessment

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

9. Critically reflect on your performance practice and artistic development

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking




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