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MUS1090 : Performance Studies (Folk and Traditional Music) 1 (Inactive)

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


(1) To develop performance skills on the student's chosen main instrument (including voice)
(2) To develop an understanding of, and skills in, a range of traditional styles
(3) To guide and assist the student in building a repertoire
(4) To encourage a sound approach to private practice
(5) To encourage students to give consideration to questions of posture and their impact on performance in the long term

Outline Of Syllabus

Individually tailored one-to-one lessons or other activities to develop the student’s performance skills , musicality, and understanding.

A series of regular one hour one-to-one lessons (or equivalent such as workshop participation, formatively assessed performance, or group lesson when deemed beneficial) will challenge and support students in the development of technique and repertoire, seeking to consolidate and stretch the student’s performance capability and their understanding of the underlying principles of traditional music. Repertoire will be chosen not only to allow the student to develop technically but to increase the students knowledge of the whole range of traditions found in Britain and Ireland and in cognate traditions. Main tutor sessions will be supplemented throughout the year by various guest tutor lessons.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:001:1 instrumental & vocal lessons
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1161:00161:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork91:009:00concert attendance (professional lunchtime concerts)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork181:0018:00Student Concert
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

One-to-one teaching provides a focused basis for the development of performance skills on the student’s main instrument. This can be extended by alternative activities such as workshop participation, formatively assessed performance, or group lessons when deemed beneficial. The core of the student’s learning for this module lies in private study, which involves practice, listening, reading, and research. The student is required to consolidate and stretch his or her performance capability and understanding of the underlying principles of traditional music as this will contribute to the quality of his or her assessed recital.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Performance101A202 short solo items (10 minutes)
Performance122A80Solo recital 12 minutes
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance1AInterim recital containing one solo item
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Semester 1:Formative interim recital containing one solo item; this may be followed by a brief viva voice discussion.
Semester 2:A recital lasting 12 minutes consisting of two solo, contrasting items (unless alternative arrangements are approved by main tutor, for example in the case of an accompanying instrument for example bodhran); this may be followed by a brief viva voice discussion.
With guidance from their main tutor, students should devise a coherent programme which reflects their studies during the year, and shows an element of repertoire worked on with guest tutors.

The written self assessment requires you to evaluate your progress against an appropriately formulated plan of study, and to explain your choice of repertoire. Your performance diary includes evidence of your working processes in tuition, practice and research and your regular participation in student performances and in workshops, as well as responses to professional concerts you attended.
Your tutors report, self assessment report, and performance studies diary will be available to the assessment panel for consultation at the time of your end-of-year recital.

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