Module WXP-3244:
Advanced Ensemble Performance2

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

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

threshold

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.

good

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.

excellent

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
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO individual log

∞ Ensembles: completion of a regularly-updated individual log documenting rehearsals, assessing Learning Outcome 4 (10% of the total mark for the module), minimum 100 words per session entry, maximum 300 words, with a minimum of 10 entries. The logs should cover the content of each rehearsal session, including not only the repertoire, but specific passages of pieces as well as the challenges or issues that were dealt with, goals set and what was learned. The logs are to be submitted to Blackboard, week 13 of the appropriate Semester.

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DEMONSTRATION/PRACTICE individual performance

∞ All ensembles: one assessed performance per semester, duration typically around 12 minutes (Level 5) or 15 minutes (Level 6), in the assessment period, and assessing Learning Outcomes 1-4 (Small Ensembles: 90% of the total mark for the module, of which 70% is given for individual contribution to the ensemble, and 30% for the ensemble collectively. Please note: Small Ensembles taking Level 6, and are encouraged to collaborate on new pieces written especially for them by student composers. Pianists choosing to specialise in collaborative piano may get credit by working with a vocalist or an instrumentalist towards a Solo Performance assessment.

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DEMONSTRATION/PRACTICE ensemble performance

∞ All ensembles: one assessed performance per semester, duration typically around 12 minutes (Level 5) or 15 minutes (Level 6), in the assessment period, and assessing Learning Outcomes 1-4 (Small Ensembles: 90% of the total mark for the module, of which 70% is given for individual contribution to the ensemble, and 30% for the ensemble collectively. Please note: Small Ensembles taking Level 6, and are encouraged to collaborate on new pieces written especially for them by student composers. Pianists choosing to specialise in collaborative piano may get credit by working with a vocalist or an instrumentalist towards a Solo Performance assessment.

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Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Practical classes and workshops

Eleven weekly rehearsal sessions oftwo 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.

24
Seminar

Coaching from an instrumental instructor

3
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.

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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
  • 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

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: