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Vocal Studies and Performance at The Arden School of Theatre offers a comprehensive programme that explores multiple sectors of vocal performance, aiming to prepare students for the professional performance industry. The aim of the programme is to train and support professional vocalists in multi-genre performance including both musical theatre and pop music vocals with the scope to explore any genre the students would like to specialise in. The course is fast-paced and heavily practical, encouraging students to explore their individual artistic interests in order to develop as practitioners. The course is ideal for those with a passion for singing and a desire for a career in the performance industry. The Arden School of Theatre utilises its working links with the professional community to provide the most up to date knowledge of vocal techniques and professional requirements. The programme explores a number of modules which engage students in performance technique and skills. The modules are designed to explore the voice as an instrument and understand the theory behind how we control it. Each year of the programme has a unique focus in providing students with the techniques and knowledge of the voice. The first year will focus on the technical side of the voice which will then be applied to given challenges that you could face in the industry in the second year. The final year focuses on professional development and the modules are designed to give you the skills needed to market yourself as a professional vocalist.
Examples of current modules; Level 4- Skills for the Vocalist Acting Through Song Contextualising Performance Ensemble Singing Solo Singing General Musicianship Level 5 Advanced Skills for the Vocalist The Art of Cabaret Advanced Ensemble Singing Advanced Solo Singing Critical Performance Theory Intro to Studio Production Level 6 Professional Development Vocal Showcase Concert Performance Theatrical Performance Studio Project Negotiated Research Project
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.
We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4 UCEN Manchester particularly welcomes students with grade 5 Music Theory and grade 8 Singing, this will aid in the application. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.
Additional entry requirements
The audition will comprise of a vocal warm up, an individual song presentation of two contrasting genres and an interview Applicants are required to attend an audition to showcase skills in singing. This will be in both musical theatre and popular music. Applicants will need to prepare two songs that contrast in genre both with piano accompaniment.
There will be availability for Skype interviews – for overseas/applicants who have to travel. There will be a formal audition and then interview on the day of audition
English language requirements
For overseas applicants or for those for whom English is a second language, a proficiency in English, both written and spoken, is essential. The college requires such students to demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.0. Entry to this pathway at levels 5 and 6 can only happen in exceptional circumstances, and given its intensive vocal training, this programme is not a standard top-up route for foundation degree graduates.
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Fees and funding
No fee information has been provided for this course