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Module

MUS3014 : Major Specialist Study: Performance

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Larry Zazzo
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

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, guidance on performance formats, stagecraft, assessment 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 Specialist Study Project Proposal incorporating commentary on the previous year's recital video and examiners' feedback to be submitted in the middle of Semester 1 (10%), interim recital, (20% ) and end of year performance of no more than 40 minutes duration, together with appropriate accompanying documentation (programme notes incorporating self-reflection and critical knowledge of observed live performances) (70%).

Outline Of Syllabus

Students prepare two recitals: one 15 minute interim recital (Semester 1) and one 40 minute final recital (Semester 2). Students are supported in this process through consultation with the module leader(s) and a series of 18 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. as well as tutorials on Programme Notes, Stagecraft, and Assessment. The module requires approximately 380 hours of private study (individual practice and / or ensemble rehearsal).

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Intro online video and activity (online, non-synchronous)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Video lectures and materials on performance anxiety, programme notes (online, non-sync)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Rehearsals/Performances in student concerts (once per term)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical181:0018:001:1 instrumental & vocal lessons (online, synchronous, arranged individually with tutor
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1361:00361:00offline, non-synchronous (students may use some of their PIP hours to access practice rooms etc.)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Workshop Yoga (online, synchronous)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Workshop stagecraft/videocraft (online, synchronous)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion11:001:00Q&A session run over a day on a discussion board to take account of student availability
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery80:304:00Tutorials 1:1 online, synchronous voice or video tutorials /live chat by Zoom/Teams.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery80:304:001:1 online, synchronous voice or video tutorials /live chat by Zoom/Teams.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Q&A sessions, responding to pre-recorded lectures on programme notes, anxiety (online, synchronous)
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Individual lessons are the mode for the development of appropriate technical and interpretative skills. Group workshops provide further development of a range of performing, wellbeing, rehearsing and research skills. Individual tutorials provide opportunities for performance feedback and review, as well as programme planning.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Performance151A20Interim Recital (15 minutes)
Performance402A70Final Recital (35-40 minutes)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A10Specialist Project Proposal Form (see below)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative Specialist Project Proposal will encourage students to reflect critically on the video of their previous year's final recital, and to better understand examiners' marking criteria. It also requires creative research and the formulation of a plan of study leading to two professional level performances. Recitals accessible to the public provide a forum in which to display technical, musical, expressive and presentational skills developed in the course of the module.

The formally- written programme notes (with Bibliography) accompanying your final recital will aid a potential audience and examiners in appreciating your performance and in understanding your choice of repertoire, and will provide a narrative of your development over the year under an appropriately formulated plan of study; these notes may document your working processes in tuition, practice and outside research, and include examples of how your regular participation in student performances and workshops and your active engagement with professional concerts may have impacted on these working processes.

Your tutor's report will be available to the assessment panel for consultation at the time of your end-of-year recital.

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