Students will demonstrate their understanding of the basic principles of vocal technique by performing in a duet for the class.
Beginning Musical Theater
Students Prior Experience:
Since this is a beginning class students don’t need prior theatrical experience for this unit. It is preferred if they have a basic understanding of performance, stage presence and musical theater terms and principles from previous units of instruction.
2014 National Core Arts Theatre Standards:
TH:Re7.1.HSI a. Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.
TH:Re7.1.HSII a. Demonstrate an understanding of multiple interpretations of artistic criteria and how each might be used to influence future artistic choices of a drama/theatre work.
TH:Re9.1.HSI a. Examine a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence and criteria, while considering art forms, history, culture, and other disciplines. b. Consider the aesthetics of the production elements in a drama/theatre work. c. Formulate a deeper understanding and appreciation of a drama/ theatre work by considering its specific purpose or intended audience.
TH:Pr6.1.HSI a. Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.
1994 National Standards:
Content Standard #6: Comparing and integrating art forms by analyzing traditional theatre, dance, music, visual arts, and new art forms.
Content Standard #7: Analyzing, critiquing, and constructing meanings from informal and formal theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions.
Understanding vocal technique and how to perform in a duet teaches self-respect, awareness, and confidence. Performance teaches empathy for others and how to analyze the world around them.
Why is it important to have proper vocal technique? What messages can performance share through song? How does working well with others strengthen theatrical performance as well as our interactions in everyday life?
Key Knowledge and Skills:
By the end of the unit of instruction students should be able to recognize proper vocal technique in not only their own singing but in analyzing others performance. Students should also gain an understanding of the basic function of how the body creates sound and can sing, as well as how posture, breath, resonance, and, phonation affect singing. As well as be able to recognize different styles of music.
Authentic Performance Tasks:
Students will demonstrate their understanding of vocal technique and performance through completing class activities, quizzes, reflections and performance.