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Module WXP-1016:
Solo Performance Year 1

Module Facts

Run by School of Music, Drama and Performance

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mr Richard Craig

Overall aims and purpose

This module combines a programme of individual instrumental or vocal tuition with an introduction to a range of important issues which concern performers, including preparing and delivering a recital programme, effective practice techniques, working with other musicians, and different approaches to interpretation.

Course content

• A total of 12 hours of individual tuition from a designated teacher across the year. The exact frequency and duration of lessons are to be agreed between teacher and student, but they will normally take place between Week 2 and Week 12 of each semester.

• Regular performance workshops (2 hours each) in Semesters 1 and 2. Participation in the workshops is scheduled, and every musician can expect to perform at least twice in public. The schedule can be found on BlackBoard.

• Workshops are devoted to topics such as practice techniques, musicianship and injury prevention will also be scheduled, and this information can be found on BlackBoard.

For singers, and players of orchestral instruments, the School will arrange for a professional accompanist to be available, if required. (30 minutes rehearsal time will be allocated.) Friends and family of candidates are welcome to attend the final performance.

Students are also required to inform the Head of Performance at least three weeks in advance of the recital if any technical playback equipment is required. If the student has not observed this instruction and the appropriate equipment is not available at the allocated time of the recital, the student will be expected to perform without it (which will be reflected in the grade, as appropriate) or the recital will have to be re-scheduled and it will count as a late submission (i.e. be capped at 40% or at 0%).

The repertoire you wish to perform in the performance assessment should be submitted as a text document (outlining the title, composer and durations) on BlackBoard, and also as two copies of a full score (for examiner and accompanist) to be submitted to the Music Office in week 9 of Semester 2.


PRE-REQUISITES: minimum of ABRSM 7 or equivalent.

Assessment Criteria


Performance that demonstrates only a limited level of preparation and grasp of technique and interpreted decisions.


Performance that demonstrates a solid technical preparation and some original interpretative ideas.


Performance that demonstrates an excellent technique, clear evidence of independent thought and compelling interpretation.

Learning outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform secure a consistent sound on the chosen instrument or voice.

  2. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform throughout the range of the instrument, in the major, harmonic and melodic minor modes.

  3. Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a work without pauses or breaks.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Interim performance test

Interim performance and the testing of technical requirements for the performance module.
 Held in the Assessment Period of Semester 1, followed by written feedback
 Instrumentalists: Interim performance testing of technical requirements equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8, duration 4-5 minutes. Vocalists: there are specific criteria for the Interim performance, outlined by your teacher.

EXAM Final performance

Final performance, duration 8-10 minutes, held in the Assessment Period of Semester 2. This consists of repertoire of your choice to the standard of Grade 8 or above of ABRSM (or equivalent).


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Private practice.

Practical classes and workshops

Weekly performance workshops (1 hour each) in Semesters 1 and 2.

Practical classes and workshops

A total of 12 hours of individual tuition from designated teacher(s) across the year. The exact frequency and duration of lessons are to be agreed between teacher(s), student, and the Head of Performance. They will normally take place between Week 2 and Week 12 of each semester.


Regular performing opportunities


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
  • 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

Subject specific skills

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • Re-creative skills – interpretation, innovation, versatility, and other skills relating to performance
  • 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:

Optional in courses: