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Module WXP-3298:
Solo Performance Project

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Performance

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. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to engage with performance practices pertinent in the repertoire: consistent attention to articulation, dynamic range and expressive markings.

  2. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to conceive a recital that illustrates a concept or musicological theme in a consistent way.

  3. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to justify musical choices of repertoire, performance practice and problem solving via presentation and/or programme notes.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Written assignment, including essay programme note

Requirements: 1000 words in total. While there are no maximum requirements, going beyond 2000 words is not recommended. In addition, singers are requested to submit song text translations in either Welsh or English. Please submit these documents electronically via Blackboard to enable us to forward them onto the translation services. Staff must be alerted to translation requests on the Monday of Week 9 in Semester 2. If you are unable to submit electronically, please format onto 2 pages of A4, font size 14 (these will be photocopied and reduced to fit onto 2 pages of A5).

Guidelines: Background research - use Grove Music Online as a starting point, or general history books and online resources to locate other (more detailed) reference sources. Be wary of uncritical use of Wikipedia and other websites. Always cross-check the dates and facts.

Suggested structure: while there are no definitive guidelines to follow and you are quite free in this respect, one possibility to consider is a paragraph for the composer / historical background / context (this may be redundant if the composer is very well known), and one paragraph per piece to describe its place in the composer’s output and/or general music history including influences and subsequent impact.

EXAM Public Recital

Participants of the module will prepare and perform a public recital of 40 minutes’ duration, featuring stylistically-diverse solo repertoire from different periods.


Oral presentation of 15 minutes in length on the repertoire chosen for the performance, normally delivered 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

DEMONSTRATION/PRACTICE Participation Semester 2

Performances and participation in workshops (10%). 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

Subject specific skills

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • Re-creative skills – interpretation, innovation, versatility, and other skills relating to performance
  • Creative skills – conception, elaboration, adaptation, presentation, collaboration, preservation
  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Technological skills – digital capture, digital expression, digital innovation
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.
  • Enhanced powers of imagination and creativity (4.17)


Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: