MUS3014 : Major Specialist Study: Performance

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


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: An Extended Recital Proposal incorporating commentary on the previous year's recital video and examiners' feedback 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 and teacher's report) (70%), In addition, a formative self-marking exercise of students' interim recital.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students prepare two public 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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:002:00Participation in student concert
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Workshop/masterclass
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical181:0018:001:1 instrumental & vocal lessons
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching50:302:30Tutorials 1:1
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1371:30371:30N/A
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
Performance151A20Interim Recital (15 minutes)
Performance402A70Final Recital (35-40 minutes)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A10Final Recital Programme Notes (see below)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj1MProject Proposal: details outlined in the handbook; failure to submit by deadline will incur a 20% penalty on interim recital result
Reflective log1M'Self-Marking' Exercise of Interim recital; failure to submit by deadline will incur a 20% penalty on interim recital result
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative project proposal requires 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.

The formative self-marking exercise will encourage students to reflect critically on the video of their interim recitals, and to better understand examiners' marking criteria. This exercise is for the benefit of the student only and will have NO effect on examiners' marks for the interim recital. Further guidance will be given in an assessment tutorial in Semester 2.

The assessed written programme notes accompanying your final recital will aid both 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 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 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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