BA (Hons) Performance – Actor Musicianship
Actor-musicians are increasingly in-demand performers who combine first-rate acting ability with a high level of musicianship.
Mountview’s Actor Musicianship course develops these dual skills to the highest level, enabling graduates to combine them in their performance.
Whilst a high level of prior musical experience is a pre-requisite, it is not necessary to have achieved formal music qualifications before applying.
Actor Musicianship graduates include:
• MOLLY-GRACE CUTLER - Daisy in The Great Gatsby (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre), Carole King in Carole King The Musical (UK Tour)
• AJ JENKS – Buddy Holly in Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour)
• LUCINDA COYLE – Artistic Director of Bullet Point Theatre and writer of Our Last First (The Space)
• LUCAS KOCH – Sam in Crazy for You (West End), Choir of Man (West End)
• TONNY SHIM – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Musical (Southwark Playhouse)
• CHARLOTTE GRAYSON – Lord of the Rings The Musical (Watermill Theatre), Songs for A New World (London Palladium)
• MICHAEL JEREMIAH –The Lion King (UK Tour), Get Up Stand Up! (West End)
COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY
Study takes place over three 12-week terms a year for three years and mirrors Mountview’s actor training but with specialised music elements. Students work in small classes and receive over 25 hours of direct teaching time each week, including one-to-one singing and instrumental lessons.
The course is delivered through classes, projects, workshops and performance opportunities. During the course students engage in a range of performance projects, working on Shakespeare, contemporary plays, and musicals as well as devising original work. The first half of each term is devoted to skills classes whilst in the second half of each term these skills are applied to performance projects.
In the second year, skills are further explored in collaboration classes which include peer integration and team teaching to enhance your creativity and help you to make connections between subjects.
Additionally, there is time given to tailored ‘surgeries’ to focus on detail and help develop independence and confidence in each individual’s practice.
The focus of the third year is public performance, TV showreel and recorded voice. Students work with professional creative teams to present a range of productions and an industry showcase and create a voice and film showreel.
Audiences for third year productions will include agents, casting directors and other industry figures, as well as the general public.
Students also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison Manager to understand and prepare for life as a working performer.
Students must have a good level of skill in at least one musical instrument – equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 standard