MFA Teaching and Practice of Voice and Singing
University of Surrey
GBP 18,500 / per year *
Earliest start date
* for overseas students | £18,200 for UK students
Why Choose This Course
Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is one of the UK’s leading accredited drama schools, providing dedicated conservatoire training within a purpose-built environment on the University of Surrey campus.
This practice-based interdisciplinary MFA Teaching and Practice of Voice and Singing program is designed to build upon students’ existing experience and expertise in either or both disciplines. It will provide a unique opportunity for the research and development of specialist vocal techniques appropriate to the demands of professional interdisciplinary performing arts, which may include both spoken text and singing. It also has the integrated feature of offering both voice and singing training in a conservatoire and business context.
This two-year master's program is unique in the sector and by studying it, you will be part of the next generation of voice and singing business practitioners.
What You Will Study
In the first year, you will study three compulsory modules:
- Voice fundamentals (phonetics, accents, and anatomy)
- Voice and singing pedagogies
- Integrated teaching practice (intensive public-facing placements).
In the second year, you will study two further compulsory modules:
- Advanced pedagogies (voiceovers, infomercials and animation)
- Advanced professional practice (coaching, presentation skills, lesson-planning and curriculum design, voice psychology and mental health, business model).
Our campus boasts great transport links to London, so you’ll be close to the heart of the UK theatre in London’s West End.
Academic Year Structure
GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
In the second year of the MFA, there is the option to study the master's program using a hybrid model. This allows students to continue with their studies whilst seeking employment opportunities. Students can also continue in person on campus if they wish.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand, and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programs based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75, or 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programs follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each program. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
- Integrated Teaching Practice
- Vocal Fundamentals
- Voice and Singing Pedagogies
- Advanced Pedagogies
- Advanced Professional Practice
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester.
New students will receive their personalized timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks before the start of the semester.
Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive.
Program Tuition Fee
We offer career information, advice, and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
GSA has an excellent reputation as a conservatoire, and graduates are sought for a variety of roles in the performing arts, as teachers, performers, creatives, and production staff. We consistently nurture students to become highly employable leaders in their field and resilient graduates, with a sophisticated toolkit of transferable skills. GSA is part of the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), the Alliance of Musical Theatre Conservatoires (AMTC), and the Global Conservatoire Alliance (GCA).
The MFA program focuses on the development of specialist skills and knowledge, producing highly skilled teachers and coaches, ready to enter their respective specialist workforces. Students study core aspects of each field, gaining theoretical and practical skills as well as work placement at GSA, networking, and career planning opportunities. All GSA students are equipped with both a practical and theoretical understanding of potential employment opportunities, and how to navigate them upon graduation.
Graduates of GSA’s master's programs have moved into careers related specifically to the training of voice and singing including, but not limited to, the following:
- Lecturer in Voice, Lecturers in Singing, Head of Singing at GSA
- International Outreach Project organiser for Cross-cultural Shakespearean Projects
- Head of Voice, Laines Theatre Arts
- Singing Teacher, Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama, specializing in Musical Theatre, Sweden
- Professor of Voice, Seoul, South Korea
- Joint Head of Voice, Mountview Theatre School
- Vocal Tutor, University of Chichester
- Vocal Tutor, Dept Music and Media, University of Surrey
- PhD Research and Head of Singing, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia
- Head of Musical Theatre, Sharjah Performing Arts Academy, UAE
- Director, S&L Performing Arts, Hong Kong
- Teaching Fellow in Vocals at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), London.
An MFA qualification offers opportunities to teach at the university level (internationally) and will help students develop business and digital skills, creativity and imagination, dexterity, and good interpersonal skills.
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