Module WXP-2241:
Solo Performance Year 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mr Richard Craig

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 and expand 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 projected programme of stylistically-varied technical and interpretive solo repertoire for the students to explore that will benefit the individual’s technical and musical development.

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. Developed a basic understanding of instrument or voice, and of the art of interpretation, with awareness of relevant aspects of style and historical performance practice

  2. Gained confidence and experience as a performer

  3. Developed awareness of the important repertoire for the instrument or voice

  4. Established basic problem-solving approaches to practice and recital preparation

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
DEMONSTRATION/PRACTICE Technical performance Semester 1

A performance of up to 5 minutes which is of an etude or study for solo instrument. This will take place in the assessment period of semester 1.


Formal examination of a performance, duration 20 minutes (including walking on and off the stage, tuning, etc.), held in the Assessment Period of Semester 2, worth 80% of the marks available, and assessing Learning Outcomes 1-4. There will be a small audience; friends and family of candidates are welcome to attend. If the agreed examination programme is to include jazz or rock repertoire, the Head of Performance must be informed by week 4.

The student will submit a recital repertoire proposal to the Head of Performance. Initially this will be as a text document uploaded to BlackBoard. The student must outline the repertoire, composer, durations and theme of the recital (if appropriate) by Week 9 in Semester 1, submitted to BlackBoard.

The final proposal should be submitted in Week 9 of Semester 2. This should be two copies of all repertoire, as full score, submitted to the Music School Office in order to be examined.

INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION participation semester 2

Performance and participation in lunchtime workshops during the year, worth 20% of the marks available. This will consist of one assessed performance in a workshop will take place in semester 2, and assessing Learning Outcomes 1-4. This will be in the form of a presentation of a work-in-progress in a performance workshop which will be assessed, and evidence of critical engagement within the workshop.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


Individual lessons, total duration of 12 hours with an instrumental instructor

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.


Preparing and performing a work in a workshop/masterclass scenario, with accompaniment. This includes discussions regarding performance practice, musicology, and performance related topics, such as presentation skills and the organisational skills. 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:

Optional in courses: