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Module WXP-2241:
Solo Performance Year 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Music, Drama and Performance

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Iwan Llewelyn Jones

Overall aims and purpose

  1. Build on and enhance the skills acquired in Year 1 Solo Performance module
  2. Advance and refine the student's instrumental or vocal technique

Course content

The students will be expected to build on skills already established during the solo performance modules in Year 1. This will be carried out through individual instrumental or vocal tuition. The tutor will provide consultation and help construct a balanced programme of stylistically-varied solo repertoire for the students to explore that will benefit the individual’s technical and musical development. The individual tuition will be supplemented by workshops in which the students will explore questions relating to repertoire choices, rehearsal strategies, performance practices and historically-informed performance. The final assessment comprises a recital, lasting 18-20 minutes. For singers, and players of orchestral instruments, the School will arrange for a professional accompanist to be available, where required.

Please note: Although this module runs officially in Semester 2, instrumental/vocal tuition and workshops run throughout the year.

Assessment Criteria


A performance displaying limited musicality and technique, together with restricted attention to relevant notational and stylistic demands.


A performance which is persuasive, displaying good levels of interpretative ability, musicality and technique, together with overall attention to relevant notational and stylistic demands.


A performance which is compelling and convincing, displaying high levels of interpretative ability, musicality and technique, together with evidence of careful attention to relevant notational and stylistic demands.

Learning outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to collaborate with the accompanist (or backing track): noting tempo changes, and a secure understanding of the piano part (or backing track).

  2. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to collate and perform a programme of mixed repertoire which addresses a range of performance styles, tempi and articulations.

  3. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to respond to dynamic directions and project these in performance.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Recital 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Individual lessons, total duration of 12 hours with an instrumental or vocal instructor, scheduled across the whole year

Private study

Taking feedback from instrumental/vocal lessons/workshops and applying this to daily practice. This should be reinforced with research into composers, repertoire, recordings and scores.


22 workshops, 2 hours each, across the whole year, on various aspects of performance technique (including performance practice, musicological concerns, presentation skills and organisational skills). During the course of the workshops, each student prepares and performs a work, with accompaniment where applicable. Verbal feedback is provided in each workshop.


Transferable skills

  • 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
  • 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


Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: