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MUS1092 : Folk Ensemble 1

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Nancy Kerr Elliott
  • Lecturer: Mr Matt Price, Ms Catriona Macdonald
  • Technician: Mr David De La Haye
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To develop skills in ensemble playing - listening, balancing sounds, blending voice and instrument, playing tightly together, complementing the sound of others, giving space

• To develop arranging skills - building on the theoretical base from Stage 1 Music Theory Modules

• To develop performance groups and thence to provide performance reflecting current ensemble practice in the field

• To bring a different perspective to repertoire building than that provided within MUS1058

• To develop the ability to work productively in groups, negotiate outcomes and manage conflicts and tensions

• To develop skills in second-study instrument (by approval of the DPD)

Outline Of Syllabus

Compulsory module - please see module summary.

A series of weekly three hour small group (approx 2-3 students) tutor-led workshops will challenge and support students in the development of ensemble skills and the application and further development of arranging skills learnt in Stage 1 Music Theory modules. Students may be given listening assignments in preparation for specific workshops and will be required to undertake individual preparation for specific workshops. Ensemble groups meet for a further two hours per week for unsupervised rehearsal and development of arrangements. Ensemble groups will give at least one short informal performance to fellow students and friends per semester.

Students who have demonstrated ability and commitment in a second-study instrument may apply to receive up to six hours’ tuition in a second instrument, by approval of the DPD.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching223:0066:00PIP. Tutor-led ensemble workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00PIP. Tutor led vocal group workshops, in conjunction with MUS2092 students.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00PIP. Student led ensembles rehearsals.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice156:0056:00Individual practise and rehearsal
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00Where applicable may inc. up to 6 hrs tuition on second study instrument
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00Sharing performance/workshop events
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Performance202A50A public recital lasting 20 minutes
Performance202A20A 15-20 minute public Vocal group recital
Performance101A30Interim Group Presentation (2-3 sets)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The recital will require you to apply knowledge gained from the module's key themes through independent research and through the development of your ensemble / arrangement skills . These recitals may take place online.

A diary documenting the rehearsal process and evolution of arrangements should be kept as evidence that the student has engaged with the material of the module both during class and during private study time.

A satisfactory level of engagement must be demonstrated to gain the mark awarded for the recital.

An individual student’s contribution to the ensemble over the year can inflect their recital mark.

Summative recital in Semester 1 (2 sets required) will reflect work done to this point with semester 1 ensemble.

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