Module WXP-3298:
Solo Performance Project

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mr Richard Craig

Overall aims and purpose

  1. Build on and enhance the skills acquired in Year 2 Solo Performance module
  2. Advance and refine the student's instrumental or vocal technique
  3. Enable the student to engage with issues of historical style, context and historically informed performance relating to his/her instrument or voice

Course content

Participants of the module will prepare and perform a public recital of 40 minutes’ duration, featuring stylistically-diverse solo repertoire from different periods. Individual instrumental or vocal tuition will be accompanied by workshops in which the students will work on advanced questions of repertoire, rehearsal strategies, performance practice, programme notes, and historically-informed performance. Workshops are scheduled in advance and will specialise in particular topics such as programme notes and presentation skills.

Assessment Criteria


The performance displays basic musicality and technique; there is limited attention to relevant notational and stylistical demands and restricted attention to interpretive values. The text-based work displays restricted knowledge of the subject, with simple ability at conceptual thought, and a limited awareness of issues, but has some evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with fair expression.


The performance should be persuasive, displaying good levels of interpretive ability, musicality and technique, together with overall attention to relevant notational and stylistical demands. The text-based work should display a sound grasp of the subject, a good level of conceptual thought, awareness of the main issues, with evidence of intellectual acumen and good expression.


The performance should be compelling and convincing, displaying exceptional levels of interpretive ability, musicality and technique, together with evidence of careful attention to relevant notational and stylistical demands. The text-based work displays a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study, deeper thought, originality of approach and excellent written skills.

Learning outcomes

  1. Developed instrumental or vocal technique to an advanced level.

  2. Significantly enhanced skills in dealing with issues of style and historically informed performance.

  3. Significantly enhanced knowledge of relevant musical repertoire

  4. Enhanced skills in the search for and use of primary and secondary scholarly material as relating to performance issues

  5. Refined skills in writing and oral presentation

  6. Gained a secure basis of experience of performing in public

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK programme note

Programme notes on the repertoire chosen for the public recital (5 %) (learning outcomes 3-5), submitted on the Monday of Week 9 in Semester 2. Programme notes will be assessed according to the marking criteria for Musicology (see below for further details).


• Public recital performance of 40 minutes in length (including walking on and off the stage, tuning, etc.), held in the assessment period of Semester 2 (normally Week 12) (75%) (testing learning outcomes 1-2, 6).

The student is responsible for ensuring that the timings of the works performed are correct; recitals significantly under or over the specified time limit will result in a deduction of the mark.

The final recital can have mixed repertoire around a theme, but should not be entirely focused around music from one genre. For example not exclusively opera or contemporary music. For further guidance, contact the Head of Performance


Oral presentation of 15 minutes in length on the repertoire chosen for the performance, given in the assessment period of Semester 1 (10%) (learning outcomes 3-5). The presentation should encompass both musicological criteria and reflect upon performance practice that pertains to the recital repertoire (see below for further details).

A copy of the script, slides and handout (as applicable) must be submitted to Blackboard no later than noon on the day following the presentation (failure to do so will count as a non-electronic submission and carries penalties, as outlined in the School of Music handbook, on my.bangor). In line with the School’s policy, presentations will normally be audio recorded.

INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Participation Semester 2

Performances and participation in workshops (10%) (testing learning outcomes 1-4, 6). This will be in the form of a presentation of a work in a performance workshop, which will be assessed as per the Performance Criteria. This will take place in Semester 2, and a schedule will be available on BlackBoard.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


• Individual lessons, total duration of 24 hours. • Where necessary and appropriate, 2 hours of rehearsal time with a professional accompanying pianist.

Practical classes and workshops

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.

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.


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

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: