There are three units in Musical Theatre:
• Acting Through Song
• Solo Singing Skills
• Preparation for Audition
Acting Through Song
In acting through song, you will learn how to communicate the emotional journey of a character whilst singing. You will explore how to apply the context of the musical in performance, combining Acting skills with singing techniques.
You will also learn how to analyse Musicals using Stanislavski’s theory of naturalistic acting.
You will also develop two contrasting songs to perform to an audience.
Solo Singing Skills
The Solo Singing Skills Unit is designed to help you develop your technical ability in order to improve your singing skill. You will study the anatomy of the voice, gaining an understanding of how it creates the sounds it makes. You will also learn about how to eat, drink and exercise to support your voice – as well as developing your ability to warm up safely and effectively.
In this unit, you will work on two contrasting songs, targeting specific areas of your singing skills to improve. You will then develop these songs through a range of rehearsal activities before performing to a live audience.
Preparation for audition
In this unit, you will learn how professional performers prepare for, and conduct themselves at an audition. You will also study how the industry works, including developing a CV, finding audition opportunities and dealing with unions and employers.
You will then select two songs from your repertoire to prepare for and perform at a mock audition in front of a panel.
The NPA Musical Theatre course is different from Higher Courses, as it is continually assessed by your teacher, rather than having an end- of-year exam. As the course is highly intensive and practical, your teacher will observe you in rehearsal and performance regularly to ensure that your meet the assessment outcomes for the course.
You must also produce a substantial folio of research and written evidence to demonstrate your process and understanding of key theory.
The main focus of the folio is on self-evaluation – allowing pupils to gain an understanding of their strengths and areas for development.
There are many different ways that you can use Musical Theatre in your career, some of which might surprise you!
Firstly, if you wish to pursue a career in the industry, the course is specifically designed to prepare you for further professional training. The theatre is a very competitive industry, and it is very important that you have an understanding of the demands that are placed on those working in it. We have a very successful history of pupils gaining entry to some of the best professional training courses in the country following their studies.
But it’s not just about the theatre! The NPA Musical Theatre course will give you skills that are recognised and used in a wide range of careers. Because you are building your confidence, developing team working and social skills, as well as exploring the world around you, the subject can make you very employable.
Some careers that have viewed Drama and theatre courses as an important skill in the past for interviews at both university and in the working world are:
• Social Work
• Community Work
• Teaching (Primary & Secondary)
• Social Sciences
• Arts Therapy
Regardless of whether you want to forge a career in Musical theatre or are interested in another career, you will have a fun-filled, exciting and challenging year ahead of you.
One of our pupils who successfully gained entry to MotherWell College’s prestigious Musical Theatre HND course said:
“When I went for my audition, it saw how much the Musical Theatre course helped me. I was confident and prepared for what I had to do. My unconditional offer was made on the basis of having the Musical Theatre NPA on my certificate!”