Run by School of Music and Media
30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Chris Collins
Overall aims and purpose
This module is designed to enable students to develop their performance skills as instrumentalists, singers, conductors, accompanists or chamber musicians. Students will receive individual tuition with a specialist tutor, addressing advanced technique, style and interpretation. In addition, students will attend and participate in fortnightly workshops, led by the module tutor, which will address more generally the skills required of a performer, and will enable students to develop in confidence, experience and knowledge.
It is intended for performers already working at a near-professional standard, or who have the potential to achieve such standards
The content of this module will include consideration of performance technique, pedagogy, analysis, interpretation studies, performance studies, programming, writing programme notes, and preparing for performance. Workshops will also consider stage presentation and the role of communication in performance.
Weighting of topics will vary from year to year, responding to performer specialisms and student interests.
Threshold (50-59) Performances which are mostly accurate and stylistically appropriate, with programme notes (or spoken introductions) that are informative and coherent
Good (60-69) Performances which are always accurate and stylistically aware, demonstrating some originality of interpretative approach, with programme notes (or spoken introductions) that are interesting and insightful.
Excellent (70+) Performances which are technically impressive and stylistically convincing, demonstrating strong originality in interpretative approach, with programme notes (or spoken introductions) that are thought-provoking and highly original.
Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to programme and perform a specialist repertoire/broad recital which adheres to and conveys a detailed levels of understanding of the structure, context and instrumental/vocal technique.
Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to interact and complement the accompanimental part in a conversant manner.
Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate in text a rational, analysis and appraisal of recital repertoire.
20-25 minute public recital to take place normally within the assessment period of Semester 1 (January 2021)
|Written assignment, including essay||Programme notes||
Programme notes to accompany the public recital. To be submitted to Blackboard by noon on Thursday of Week 10 (Semester 1).
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Instrumental lessons to be arranged with teacher of choice, typically one hour per week.
Private daily practice. Musicological/pedagogical research to provide context and a deeper understanding of performance issues and to collate scholarly information for the programme notes.
One workshop of 2 hours’ duration fortnightly, to include masterclass and performance opportunities.
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
- Re-creative skills – interpretation, innovation, versatility, and other skills relating to performance
- Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
- Technological skills – digital capture, digital expression, digital innovation
- Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
- Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
- Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.
- Enhanced powers of imagination and creativity (4.17)