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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS3321 Performance Platform

20 creditsClass Size: 10

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

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

For visiting international students, satisfactory performance by audition (this may be by recording), plus written confirmation of consistently good attendance at their home institution.

For Leeds students, normally a pass mark of at least 60 in MUSS2320 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 may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-requisites

MUSS2320Performance

This module is mutually exclusive with

MUSS3340Performance

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 20-25 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, plan their programme (with staff advice). Reliable organisation is essential.

Objectives

On completion of this module, a student should be able to demonstrate mature, consistent and reliable performance skills throughout a 20-25 minute recital. The performance should exhibit a high level 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 and the development of a high standard of musical skills including aural awareness, stagecraft, plus ensemble skills/sight-reading/improvisation/memorising skills as appropriate. The student will be able to work independently and plan his/her programme (with staff advice); reliable organisation is essential. The student should also be meaningfully reflective and articulate about his/her own performance and that of others.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students should:
• demonstrate a mature understanding of their instrument/voice's repertoire, and insight into other repertoires
• perform with a high level of musical expression and intellectual understanding of their chosen repertoire; display advanced skills in musical communication
• show advanced skills in instrumental/vocal technique
• have demonstrated independent motivation in their performance preparation, and be able to demonstrate organisational abilities with regard to other musicians if necessary
• be comfortably proficient with all aspects of stagecraft
• 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

Skills outcomes
1. Expression, style and interpretation, as relevant to the specific musical works and genres. This typically involves the following, as appropriate: shaping of phrases, appropriate tone quality, clear articulation, flexibility, projection, communication with audience, accompanist or ensemble, sense of performance, sense of style, musicianship, stage presence, choice of tempo, consistency.

2. Technique and accuracy (specific to instrument or voice). This category typically includes the following, as appropriate: concentration, security, consistency, intonation, tone quality, understanding and control of the instrument/voice, agility, articulation, dynamic range, in addition to specific qualities such as diction, breath control, pedalling, finger-work, bowing, pronunciation, language skills, flexibility, precision in rhythmic figures.

3. Other skills (as relevant). This category typically includes the following, as appropriate: aural perception, understanding of style (e.g. historical practice), sight-reading, speed and independence of learning, memorisation, initiative, creativity, leadership, preparation, professionalism, critical awareness and reliability.


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. Performance seminars may be interspersed by occasional masterclass/workshops.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Instrumental/Vocal Lesson81.008.00
Group learning112.0022.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

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.

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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


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

Other information about coursework (e.g. format of resit if different from above) To pass the module, the coursework component must be passed. *A re-sit of the coursework element would have to be in a different format, (probably a further performance element) as instrumental lessons and classes would not be provided during the re-sit period.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 25 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

Students from outside Leeds (international exchange students) may need to have their examinations scheduled outside normal exam times. This can be arranged if necessary.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:06

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