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Module WXP-2241:
Solo Performance Year 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Performance

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.

For singers, and players of orchestral instruments, the School will arrange for a professional accompanist to be available, if required.

Students are also required to inform the Head of Performance at least three weeks in advance of the recital if any technical playback equipment is required. If the student has not observed this instruction and the appropriate equipment is not available at the allocated time of the recital, the student will be expected to perform without it (which will be reflected in the grade, as appropriate) or the recital will have to be re-scheduled and it will count as a late submission (i.e. be capped at 40% or at 0%).

The repertoire you wish to perform in the performance assessment should be submitted as a text document (outlining the title, composer and durations) on BlackBoard, and also as two copies of a full score (for examiner and accompanist) to be submitted to the Music Office in week 9 of Semester 2.

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 respond to dynamic directions and project these in performance.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Recital

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. 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.

EXAM Technical performance Semester 1

A performance of 4-6 minutes which is of an etude or study for solo instrument. This will take place in the assessment period of semester 1. This accounts for 20% of the marks available. For vocalists there are prescribed works from which you choose a study or technical exercise.


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: