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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS3340 Performance

40 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Prof Michael Allis
Email: M.Allis@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally a pass mark of at least 60 in MUSS2320 or MUSS2340 and a satisfactory level of professionalism in working with external instrumental or vocal teacher(s). However, if space permits, students who do not achieve 60 in MUSS2320 or MUSS2340 may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.

This module is mutually exclusive with

MUSS3321Performance Platform

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module consists of individual instrumental/vocal lessons, performance classes, and individual practice and preparation. On completion of this module, a student should be able to demonstrate mature, consistent and reliable performance skills throughout a 30-40-minute recital. The performance should exhibit a high level of technical fluency as well as of communicative and expressive qualities. The student should have developed as a performing musician through the extension of repertoire studies, the development of a high standard of aural awareness, and in most cases ensemble skills, (with sight-reading, improvising and memorising skills as appropriate). Regular performance classes, where students perform to their peers (with staff/repetiteur support), will enable them to be meaningfully articulate about their own performances and that of others. Students will be expected to work independently, and plan their programme (with staff advice). Reliable organisation is essential.

Objectives

On completion of this module, a student should be able to demonstrate consistent and reliable performance skills throughout a 30-40 minute recital. The performance should exhibit technical fluency as well as communicative and expressive qualities.

The student should have developed as a performing musician through the extension of repertoire studies, the development of a high standard of aural awareness and ensemble skills (with sight-reading and memorising skills as appropriate). The student should also be meaningfully articulate about her/his own performance and that of others.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should:
• Show a mature understanding of their instrument/voice's repertoire, and a good working knowledge of other repertoires;
• Perform with a developed level of musical expression;
• Be independently motivated in their performance preparation;
• Be comfortably proficient with all aspects of stagecraft;
• Develop organisational abilities with regard to other musicians, promoters etc.;
• Show continued development of instrumental/vocal technique;
• Display advanced skills in musical communication;
• be capable of continued development through application of intelligent and efficient self-review;
• be able to contribute constructive review and criticism of a wide range of performances;


Syllabus

Students take a course of individual instrumental or vocal lessons with a specialist teacher. In addition, all students attend a course of performance classes, with opportunities for solo and ensemble work (usually giving c.6 performances during the year). Students must contribute performances to these classes. Performance seminars may be interspersed by occasional masterclass/workshops.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Instrumental/Vocal Lesson161.0016.00
Group learning222.0044.00
Private study hours340.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Students are expected to spend time researching, choosing, and learning repertoire for their instrument or voice.

Typically, a successful student on this module will spend approximately 18 or more hours per week (including non-teaching weeks) practising, as well as time at concerts (performing and listening), in libraries, listening to recordings, etc.


Students will typically have up to 8 hours of individual coaching with the repetiteur.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This is done primarily through the assessment of the quality of performances given in class, the nature of the repertoire covered, and a student’s developing professionalism, but also through reports from specialist instrumental or vocal teacher.

In most cases it is also informally monitored in rehearsals with a Repetiteur/coach, providing additional opportunities for feedback in both directions.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentTeacher’s report, class contribution and professional conduct.25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

To pass the module, the coursework component must be passed; a resit of the coursework element would have to be in a different format (probably in the form of an alternative performance). . A resit of the recital will be offered where appropriate.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 40 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

* Time of any resit is by mutual arrangement between repetiteur, other examiners, venue and the student.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/09/2018

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