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Introduction to Musical Theater (SCP) 921
Audtion and Performance Techniques
TIME FRAME: on going
MAP LEVEL: 1
01.2 THE ARTS - MUSIC
-- Students will sing independently on pitch and in rhythm, with appropriate timbre, diction and posture, and maintain a steady tempo
-- Students will sing expressively, with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation
-- Students will devise criteria for evaluating performances and compositions
-- Students will explain, using appropriate music terminology, their personal preferences for specific musical works and styles.
-- Students will develop criteria for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of music performances and compositions and apply the criteria in their personal listening and performing
-- Students will evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their own and others' performances, compositions, arrangements and improvisations by applying specific criteria appropriate for the style of the music, and offer constructive suggestions for improvement.
01.2 THE ARTS - MUSIC
-- Students will sing accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges, alone and in small and large ensembles
-- Students will sing with expression and technical accuracy a repertoire of vocal literature with a difficulty level of 2, on a scale of 1 to 6 including some songs performed from memory
-- Students will sing music representing diverse genres and cultures, with expression appropriate for the work being performed;
-- Students will use appropriate terminology in explaining music, music notation, music instruments and voices, and music performances
-- Students will demonstrate extensive knowledge of the technical vocabulary of music
-- Students will evaluate a performance, composition, arrangement or improvisation by comparing it to similar or exemplary models.
01.3 THE ARTS - THEATRE
-- Students will identify various career available to theatre artists.
-- Students will explain how the wants and needs of characters are similar to and different from their own
-- Students will identify cultural and historical sources of American theatre and musical theatre
-- Students will analyze the effect of their own cultural experiences on their dramatic work.
01.3 THE ARTS - THEATRE
-- Students will improvise dialogue to tell stories, and formalize improvisations by writing or recording the dialogue.
-- Students will imagine and clearly describe characters, their relationships and their environments
-- Students will use variations of locomotor and nonlocomotor movement and vocal pitch, tempo and tone for different characters
-- Students will use acting skills (such as sensory recall, concentration, breath control, diction, body alignment, control of isolated body parts) to develop characterizations that reflect artistic choices
-- Students will collaborate to select and safely organize available materials that suggest scenery, properties, lighting, sound, costumes and makeup.
-- Students will compare how ideas and emotions are expressed in theatre, dance, music and visual arts
23.1 LANGUAGE ARTS - READING AND RESPONDING
-- Students will listen to the opinions of others about written, oral and visual texts.
-- Students will listen to and respect the opinions of others about written, oral and visual texts.
-- Students will persuade listeners about judgments and opinions of works read, written and viewed.
-- Students will persuade listeners about understandings and judgments of works read, written and viewed.
How does one present themselves in the best possible way in an audition?
What constitutes characteristically healthy singing?
How does the performer communicate different emotions and ideas through singing and acting?
How does one provide constructive criticism for a performance?
What factors should be considered when choosing a musical?
The purpose of this unit is to help the students become better and more confident performers. Each student will be required to act and sing by themselves and with their peers. We will discuss and execute:
* the do's and don'ts of an audition situation.
* How to write a performance resume
*Special attention will also be paid to the singing voice: what are the characteristics of a healthy sound, what is the correct singing posture, what is the difference between breath support and breath control, how does one project the singing voice?
*Spoken and sung articulation
*How one would approach a ballad differently than a comic or up tempo song
*What are the important things to be aware of when singing a duet
*Stage directions and blocking
*How to add expression to songs and spoken dialogue
*How body language can help or hurt a performance
*How to write a theatrical review
*What factors to consider when choosing a musical for your venue
IN this unit, the student will be able to:
*demonstrate healthy singing
*perform using good sung or spoken diction
*Compose a performance resume
*Discuss and demonstrate the do's and don'ts in an audition situation
*Perform from memory solos, duets, monologues and scenes of contrasting styles and emotions
*Analyze a performance and provide constructive criticism using appropriate theatrical and musical terminology
*Examine and draw conclusions as to what type of musical would suit your venue best
In this unit, each student will:
*Discuss and demonstrate the "do's and don'ts" in an audition situation
*Prepare and perform at least two solos and one duet of their choosing from a musical. If the size of the class and time permits, it is preferable to have the students perform a ballad and an up tempo piece. These performances are spread out over the semester
*Prepare and perform a solo or duet from an assigned compser- entire class sings Rogers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, etc.
*Prepare and perform in a mock audition- including filling out audition sheets, presenting a resume and headshot
*Perform a monologue
*Perform in a short scene with their classmates- incorporating props, costumes and minimal set
*Have constructive criticism presented to their performances via class discussions
*Learn how to write a theaterical review
*Choose a musical that will be appropriate for a given venue. The students will work in groups for their final project.
Assessments for this unit will be as follows:
*Solo and duet performances: Did they sing the correct pitches and rhythms? Did they project their voice? Was the song sung with a characteristically warm, healthy singing voice? Was the emotion of the song expressed in the voice, on the face and with the body? Did the student use correct singing posture? In a duet, did the two performers interact with each other? Was the song/duet memorized?
*Monologues and short scenes: Did the student project their voice? Was the emotion of the monologue or scene expressed in the voice, on the face and with the body? Did the student (s) use correct stage movement: i.e. not up staging, turning the wrong way, using the correct hand to gesture, etc.? In a scene, did the actors interact well with each other? Was the monologue/scene memorized?
*Mock Audition: Did the student present him/herself in a confident manner? Did the student project his/her voice? Did the student perform the audition material in a strong and confident manner? Was the student's resume well contruced and easy to read? Was the student articulate when speaking to the "audition committee"?
*Theatrical Review- student will be required to write theatrical reviews on performances watched during class as well as for a live performance.
If time permits, it is a great experience for the students to take turns directing a short scene staring their peers. If the class size is too large, this is very difficult to incorparate into the semester. However, with smaller classes, this can be feasible and a wonderful experience for all.
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