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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5337M Applied Performance Studies

30 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Prof Mike Allis

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students not on the MMus Performance programme who wish to be considered for this module should be experienced performers; they will be asked to provide a DVD recording or to audition to make sure that they are of a suitable performing standard

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to enrol on this module directly. Please contact the module leader with information about your previous performance experience

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

On this module you will identify a solo or ensemble performance project related to your repertoire interests or career goals, for which you will get tutorial support. Assessment will be via a performance event supported by a self-assessment of the project (75%), and coursework documenting the process of preparing for the performance (25%). Students not on the MMus Performance programme who wish to be considered for this module should be experienced performers; they will be asked to provide a DVD recording or to audition to make sure that they are of a suitable performing standard.


On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the development of their identified performance skills in concerted groups (large-scale and chamber) and/or the study of practical performance or conducting skills (rehearsal and presentation) and/or instrumental pedagogy and/or critical evaluation of independent experiential or work-based learning (choice of subject/s as appropriate to the individual student, negotiated with staff members). Students will be encouraged to place their performance interests within a wider musicological, historical, psychological, technological and cultural context.

Learning outcomes
An awareness of the relevant contexts surrounding their performance project: whether historical, cultural, or in terms of specific performance traditions.

Skills outcomes
This module allows students to develop an awareness of performance as a process and the importance of documenting that process, organisational skills, and a range of musical skills (both in terms of musical technique and interpretation) relevant to their particular project.


This varies depending on specific instrumental/vocal/conducting skills and opportunities and areas of interest. The School regularly schedules project work in orchestral and choral music, as well as contemporary and popular/world music. Students may attend scheduled ensemble activity and/or other rehearsals and lessons appropriate to their individual area and project. Where appropriate, students may negotiate a programme of independent, experiential or work based learning.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Instrumental/Vocal Lesson51.005.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours280.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study and independent learning can involve a range of activities: may involve ensemble activity or seminars as appropriate to individuals. It may also involve the study of practical performance skills (rehearsal and presentation), instrument pedagogy, critical evaluation of independent experiential or work-based learning, and detailed research as part of the project (supported by primary and secondary source materials, as appropriate): 240 hours
Preparation of written work (statement of intent, initial and final learning contracts, Personal review of Learning): 40 hours
Online learning (c. 10 hours) will involve reading and studying the VLE pages for the module which include the range of documentation associated with it.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutorials with module coordinator, project supervisor and specialist mentor.
Initial Statement of Intent and learning contracts.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Personal StatementStatement of Intent and Learning Contracts25.00
Projectsupported by a personal review of learning75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The outcome normally includes rehearsals/ preparation/ lessons leading to a performance, and will include a Personal Review of Learning and other supporting evidence. An indicative word length would be 2000-3000 words, where the Personal Review supports an agreed outcome such as a performance or a written submission. Where the Personal Review is the only outcome of the Project, in the case of work-based or experiential learning, the guide length is 5000-6000 words, excluding supporting material.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/09/2017


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