Music Theatre

Melbourne is the home of Australia’s music theatre industry, and the VCA’s Music Theatre program is at the centre of the action in Southbank. You can be part of it too through the music theatre breadth offering.

 

MUSI20168 Glee Singing

Glee Singing offers the opportunity for singers and non-singers alike to share the joyous experience of singing as a shared community activity. Beginning each week with a warm up and singing in rounds, Glee takes its repertoire from popular music. An embedded lecture component introduces concepts and skills such as basic singing anatomy, safe voice usage, song structure, basic music notation, harmonies, vocal styling and genre, which is then experienced and explored in practice to underpin your work on repertoire. The semester’s work will conclude with a small public performance of songs covered throughout the semester.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 30

Practical and lecture-based subject

 

Music Theatre: Singing in the Golden Age

A practical and theoretical exploration of the development of the modern musical, from its beginnings through to the end of the ‘Golden Age’ in the 1960s. This subject is delivered through a weekly two-hour large ensemble singing class and a onehour embedded lecture. Singing in the supportive environment of a large group, you will explore the role of large ensemble songs of significant shows of the period whilst developing skills in safe voice usage and technique, basic music notation, harmonies, song structure and style as well as developing an understanding of acting through song. Each week the lecture focuses on a musical that changed the music theatre landscape and impacted on the development of the form, including works by greats of the period such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Gershwin. The subject concludes with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 36

Practical and lecture-based subject

 

Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals

This subject explores the music of significant contemporary rock musicals through a weekly two-hour large ensemble singing class, using music from some of the genre’s best examples, developing skills in safe voice usage and technique, basic music notation, harmonies, song structure and storytelling through song. An embedded lecture component looks at major contemporary music theatre, from mega-musicals like Les Misérables and The Lion King, to jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys and Hairspray and off-Broadway hits like Rent, In the Heights and Next to Normal. The subject concludes with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 30

Practical and lecture-based subject

 

Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim

Delivered through a weekly two-hour large ensemble singing class and one-hour embedded lecture, this subject explores the works and influences of one of the most extraordinary composer/lyricists of music theatre: Stephen Sondheim. The embedded lecture component looks at Sondheim’s early influences, while the practical work, delivered in the supportive environment of singing within a large group, explores the complexity and joy of Sondheim’s music whilst developing skills in safe voice usage and technique, basic music notation, harmonies, song structure and style and storytelling through song. The subject concludes with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 30

Practical and lecture-based subject