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Module WXP-2253:
Fusion Ensemble 1

Module Facts

Run by School of Music, Drama and Performance

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Jochen Eisentraut

Overall aims and purpose

This module provides the opportunity to develop ensemble performance skills and concepts beyond traditional Western art music. It will incorporate popular music, jazz, traditional music, music from various (world) music cultures and experimental/contemporary ideas. Improvisation, learning by ear and playing from memory will be emphasised, as will experimentation and combining different approaches.

The module is open to players of all instruments and singers. It will incorporate opportunities to work with the School of Music’s collection of world instruments. The module will be co-taught with other ensemble modules providing scope for collaborating with overseas students and ‘classical’ ensemble players.

Course content

  1. Structured and led performance workshops: students are divided into small groups and provided with suggestions for structuring a piece and improvising. The resulting music is performed, discussed and verbal feedback is given.
  2. Classes introducing performance concepts leading to practical experimentation: various approaches to improvisation and group performance are explained and demonstrated. Students then have the opportunity to practice these in performance.
  3. Supervised rehearsals: students are given time to work on pieces for examination. The tutor will monitor progress and help with feedback, suggestions and encouragement.

Assessment Criteria


A- - A**: Performances which are compelling and convincing, display high levels of improvisatory ability, musicality and technique, and which demonstrate very strong contribution to and interaction with other members of the ensemble, perhaps demonstrating potential leadership qualities. Written work that is focused and highly original.


C- - B+: Performances which are persuasive, displaying good levels of improvisatory ability, musicality and technique, and with effective contribution to and interaction with other members of the ensemble. Written work that is engaging and insightful.


D- - D+: Performances which demonstrate adequate musicality and technique, and satisfactory contribution to and interaction with other members of the ensemble. Written work that is intelligible.

Learning outcomes

  1. Developed skills in ensemble performance and improvisation

  2. Developed skills of collaborative musical arrangement, of teamwork and communication

  3. Widened their practical experience of music cultures and instruments

  4. Developed skills in communicating about performance through writing

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Fusion Ensemble Performance

Ensemble performance of 8 minutes, to be given during the assessment period of S1.

REPORT Reflective Write-up

Reflective write-up on working with the Fusion Ensemble.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

  1. Structured and led performance workshops

  2. Classes introducing performance concepts leading to practical experimentation

  3. Supervised rehearsals

Private study

Private Study – reading time, preparing and taking assessments


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
  • 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.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • 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
  • 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)


Courses including this module

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