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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5360M Instrumental or Vocal Recital

60 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Prof Mike Allis

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Oct, 1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Executant skill as an instrumentalist or singer at an appropriate level, usually demonstrated in audition or via a recording.

This module is mutually exclusive with

MUSI5330MInstrumental or Vocal Recital

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

On this module you will have 20 one-to-one lessons, and you will participate in weekly performance classes. Assessment will be via a 40-50-minute recital, with repertoire chosen by the student (90%), supported by programme notes of c.2000 words (10%). Students on this module should be experienced performers at postgraduate level; applicants for the MMus Performance and PG Diploma in Performance programmes will be asked to provide a DVD recording or to audition to make sure that they are of a suitable performing standard.


The progressive development of instrumental or vocal techniques and performance skills through repertoire studies; the continued development of aural awareness, sight-reading and memorising skills as appropriate; professional development of academic writing skills for performers. On completion of the module students will have developed a substantial body of repertoire that they have had at, or can bring quickly to, performance standard. They will have explored interpretative matters and issues of style and have an intellectually informed approach to performance. In the recital examination they should demonstrate fluency and technical reliability as an executant performer, a strong sense for communication of ideas and convincing presentation as a performer. They should have well informed and insightful powers of self- and peer-review, and be able to frame comments on performances in a constructive manner. They will have acquired an enhanced degree of independence as a performer, providing the equipment to develop further in the future. They will have experience of using recordings as an aid to the study of performance. They will be able to place their performances in a wider context through the writing of coherent and informative programme notes.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should:
•Show a mature understanding of their instrument/voice’s repertoire, along with a better working knowledge of other repertoires
•Perform with a developed level of interpretative skill and technical ability
• Display developed skills in musical communication
• Be independently motivated in their performance preparation
• Be able to contribute constructive review and criticism of a wide range of performances, including those of their peers
• Be capable of continued personal development through the application of intelligent and efficient self-review
• Have an awareness of a range of performing strategies appropriate to M level study


Students take a course of instrumental or vocal lessons with a specialist teacher. Students are expected to perform regularly during the course of study, in particular in the performance classes held weekly. Repertoire to be studied is negotiated between the student, the instrumental/vocal teacher and the module leader, but at this level it is expected that the student will have clear ideas about repertoire and where teaching should be focused. Relevant contribution to class discussion is also expected. Tutorials will be devoted to programme note writing, with a diagnostic test to help the development of academic writing skills for performers.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Instrumental/Vocal Lesson201.0020.00
Private study hours550.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

private practice/preparation for classes and exams - 520 hours
preparation of programme notes - 30 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly performance classes, in addition to individual instrumental/vocal lessons, allow student progress to be monitored.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Workprogramme notes, 1,000-2,000 words10.00
Written Work250 words0.00
PracticalThe recital should be c. 40-50 minutes. The recital programme should be determined in consultation with the instrumental/vocal teacher and the module tutor.90.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

As the recitals are normally in August/September, resists will be timetabled at the first available opportunity.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:07


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