Module Catalogue 2023/24

MUS2058 : Performance Studies 2

MUS2058 : Performance Studies 2

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Larry Zazzo
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
MUS1058Performance Studies 1
MUS1059Contemporary Pop Performance
Pre Requisite Comment

Admission without either pre-requisite module may be possible, but is subject to satisfactory audition and/ or module leader's approval.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



1) to develop further your performance skills and technical proficiency on one or more instruments
and/or voice.
2) to extend and broaden your repertoire encompassing a range of music from a variety of performance
traditions, historical epochs, national origins and genres, as appropriate.
3) to enhance your awareness of the relationships between performance and other aspects of musical

In this module you take regular lessons on your instrument(s)/voice with an assigned tutor, in which you further develop appropriate technical and interpretative skills in MUS1058 and apply them to a broad range of musical styles and genres. One-to-one lessons are supplemented with masterclass and workshops opportunities with Heads of Studies and / or visiting artists.

Outline Of Syllabus

Syllabus guidelines for individual study are set out in the Performance Studies Handbook and vary according to instrument or voice.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module student will have:
* developed your technical and interpretative abilities as a practising musician to an appropriate level
* increased your repertoire and your knowledge of musical styles and genres
* developed critical reflection and evaluation of the learning and performing process
had experience of a variety of performing situations as soloist and in ensemble

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:
* exercise appropriate musical, expressive, technical and presentational skills relevant to the repertoire you perform
* differentiate and apply performance practices appropriate to a wide stylistic range of music
* cultivate and deploy advanced practising techniques
* reflect critically on your strategies for development as a performer
* prepare and present engaging and convincing musical performances

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00lectures & materials: introducing module, performance anxiety and programme notes (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:001-1 instrumental & vocal lessons (arranged individually with tutors) (PIP)
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1138:00138:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Workshop Yoga (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Group Masterclasses / workshops led by Heads of Studies or invited guest tutors (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork181:0018:00Attendance and participation via chat with live weekly student concerts
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork181:0018:00Attendance and participation via weekly Canvas Discussion Boards with live, weekly professional lunchtime concerts (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery80:304:001:1 present in person or synchronous online meetings to discuss practice and programmes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Individual lessons are the forum for development of appropriate technical and interpretative skills. Group classes (masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals and performances, performance workshop etc.) provide opportunities for further developing a range of performing, rehearsing and ensemble skills. Lectures introduce a range of issues related to stage presentation and professional practice.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Performance101M20Interim/technical test (can be delivered remotely)
Performance202A70Final live in person solo recital of 20 minutes: may be followed by a viva voce discussion, please see below Assessment Rationale for recital length penalties.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A10Final Recital Programme Notes (see below)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Interim test will require you to demonstrate the musical and technical skills you have developed during the first semester, and provides an opportunity to receive feedback on work-in-progress at the mid-point of the year. The final solo recital allows you to demonstrate musical, expressive, and technical skills developed through your individual and group lessons and in private practice; there is an additional focus on presentation and communication at Stage 2, as the end-of-year Recital may be a public event.

The written programme notes accompanying your final recital will aid the audience in following your recital and in understanding your choice of repertoire, and will track its development over the year under an appropriately formulated plan of study; these notes may document your working processes in tuition, practice and research, and include examples of how your regular participation in student performances and workshops and your active attendance at professional concerts may have impacted on these working processes.

Your one-to-one tutor will also write a progress report, which will be available to the assessment panel for consultation at the time of your end-of-year recital.

In accordance with practice at UK conservatories, the Dean has approved the use of fixed penalties in marking for recital length underruns and overruns, as follows:
1.Recitals that over-run by more than 10% will lose 3 points off their final mark and will be stopped in order to try and keep to the published schedule.
2.Recitals that under-run by more than 10% but less than 20% will lose 3 points off their mark.
3.Recitals that under-run by 20% or more will lose 10 points off their mark.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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