The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Course, validated by The University of West London at Momentum Performing Arts Academy, is an intensive training programme that builds your skills through technical classes, workshops and internal projects and external performances enabling the depth of understanding required to be a successful triple threat musical theatre performer. This course is headed by Kevin Fountain LRAM ARAM ALCM.
Some Private Tuition in singing, acting and voice is included from Year 1, allowing you to achieve an accomplished solo performance standard by graduation in Year 3. Vocal training and vocal health for both singing and acting are fundamental from the beginning of the course. All key voice staff have worked with the Estill Voice Training System – THE leading model in training and muscular understanding for the voice. Ensemble Singing classes strengthenharmonywork and sight singing skills with Integration and Repertoire supporting the development of acting through song. History of Musical Theatre ensures you understand the importance of the development of Musical Theatre through the ages in all its styles. Group Acting, Improvisation and Voice classeshelp strengthen confidence with the spoken word through scenes, monologues and plays.
Dance training includes Ballet, Jazz, Tap,Musical Theatre, Commercial, Choreography and Contemporary with Industry Workshops taken by leading West End/Broadway performers. Pilates, Tricks Class, Double Work and Body Conditioning help to build physical strength ensuring that you maintain prime physical fitness. Your progress is followed in all lessons on a continual basis with formative assessments taking place in all modules. Feedback is given in individual tutorials with guidance to build skills in preparation for your summative assessments. There are 3 public performances throughout the year. These include a Cabaret Performance, a Dance Based Show and a full-scale Musical with orchestra. Additionally an Agent Showcase is included in Year 3.
Internal and External projects involve working alongside industry professionals in all areas – from Directors and Musical Directors to Choreographers and Costume/Set designers. These projects are performed both in-house at the Academy as well as at professional theatre spaces including Sadler’s Wells, The Shaw Theatre, and Home House. As part of our commitment to Industry Led Learning, Masterclasses and talks from Industry professionals take place for all years and intensify in your final year.
YEAR ONE Students embrace all aspects of singing, acting and dance The course is full and varied enabling them to discover new skills whilst building on their established talents. The focus of this year is to establish a sound technical basis which will take them through the next two years of training. YEAR TWO The students move into the second year following their own specific programme of options taken with staff consultation at the end of Year 1. There is more focus in putting into practice the skills learnt in Year 1. New classes for Year 2 include Acting Through Song, Individual Repertoire and Personal Development Sessions. DDI Teacher Training and other technique examinations will take place at the end of this year. YEAR THREE The 3rd Year is about performance, preparation for the industry and building stamina. Masterclasses and competitions take place to fine-tune developed skills, whilst industry professionals come in to pass on knowledge and experience. DDE Teacher Training and other technique examinations will take place at the end of this year.