Module WXP-3243:
Advanced Ensemble Performance1

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Mr Richard Craig

Overall aims and purpose

To secure the learning outcome.

Course content

Students will be required to form small instrumental or vocal ensembles before the course commences. If students have a specific instrumental formation in mind that cannot be formed within the module, they may invite guest performers. Pianists will have the option to choose collaborative piano (accompanying) as their specialism within the module. Collective rehearsal sessions will be organised by the students with individual coaching provided by members of the School of Music staff. Ensembles are encouraged to explore the existing repertoire during weeks 1–3, and then in subsequent weeks to work on their performance of the work(s) selected by the group.

Please note that students may follow a maximum of 20 credits in EnsemblePerformance across Levels 5 and 6.

Assessment Criteria


A rehearsal which is of limited efficiency and a performance displaying limited musicality, technique, and interaction among the performers, together with restricted attention to relevant notational and stylistic demands.


A rehearsal which is effective and a performance which is persuasive, displaying good levels of interpretative ability, musicality, technique, and interaction among the performers, together with overall attention to relevant notational and stylistic demands.


A highly effective rehearsal and a performance which is compelling and convincing, displaying high levels of interpretative ability, musicality and technique, and close interaction among the performers, together with evidence of careful attention to relevant notational and stylistic demands.

Learning outcomes

  1. Gained a secure understanding of repertoire for their ensemble

  2. Developed ensemble performance skills commensurate with Level 6

  3. Honed interpretative skills

  4. Expanded on strategies and problem-solving techniques for rehearsal and performance of ensemble repertoire

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
DEMONSTRATION/PRACTICE individual performance 63
DEMONSTRATION/PRACTICE ensemble performance 27
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO individual log 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

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.


Coaching from an instrumental tutor

Practical classes and workshops

Eleven weekly rehearsal sessions of two hours each. Each ensemble will receive a minimum of three hours of coaching during the semester. One workshop session on rehearsal strategies will be organised by the module co-ordinator at the beginning of the semester. There will be a reading week during the semester


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
  • 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

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: