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MUS3018 : Minor Specialist Study: Performance

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. to engage in a high level programme of instrument or vocal performance.

2. to consolidate and develop musical technical, expressive and critical skills in performance practice.

3. to demonstrate professional attitude and practice in preparation and performance.

By the end of this module you should have acquired: knowledge of performance practice issues stemming from the studied repertoire; knowledge, including an appropriate degree of memorisation, of the pieces learnt during the year; and awareness of professional performance standards (e.g. presentation, preparation, programme notes).
Because of the nature of instrumental study, tuition primarily takes place in one-to-one sessions with an external (approved) instrumental / vocal tutor (assigned to the student by the module leader and/or one of the heads of instrumental studies). Students are also required to attend some internal sessions (workshops) which might consist of instrumental master classes, or guidance on performance formats etc. One-to-one tutorials are available with the module leader(s) in order for students to discuss their programmes. Time spent in supporting activities strengthens students' teamwork, and broadens their interpretative flexibility.

Assessment: A formative interim recital of 15 minutes, and summative end of year performance of 25 minutes duration, together with appropriate accompanying documentation (programme notes, self-assessment and teacher's report). In addition, formative assessment includes an initial programme proposal and an extended outline proposal.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students prepare two public recitals: one 15 minute interim recital (Semester 1 – advisory mark) and one 25 minute final recital (Semester 2). Students are supported in this process through consultation with the module leader(s) and a series of 12 one hour one-to-one lessons (or ensemble coaching sessions) with a specialist instrumental or vocal tutor, supplemented by occasional workshops with Heads of Studies and guest tutors. The module requires approximately 170 hours of private study (individual practice and / or ensemble rehearsal)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Workshop/masterclass
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:001:1 instrumental & vocal lessons
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:002:00Participation in student concert
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1177:30177:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching50:302:30Tutorials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Individual lessons are the forum for the development of appropriate technical and interpretative skills. Group classes (master classes, ensemble rehearsals and performances, performance workshops etc.) provide forums for further developing a range of performing, rehearsing and ensemble skills. Individual tutorials provide opportunities for performance feedback and review.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Performance252A100Final Recital
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance1AInterim recital (15 minutes)
Research proposal1MProject proposal for final recital
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative project proposals require creative research and reflection and the formulation of a plan of study leading to two professional level performances. Public recitals provide a forum in which to display technical, musical, expressive and presentational skills developed in the course of the module.
A report from your tutor will be available to the assessment panel for consultation at the time of your end-of-year recital.

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