2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MUSS1324 Ensemble Performance
20 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Dr Mic Spencer
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsNormally grade 8 ABRSM/Trinity Guildhall/Rockschool or equivalent. Students will be placed in ensembles according to availability.
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThrough this module you will participate in a group performance project run by the School of Music. This may involve participating in a concert and preceding rehearsal period with an orchestra, choir, small band or world music ensemble, though the precise ensembles run will vary from year to year. The School is regularly looking for students with the following specialisms: male singers, French horn, trombone, tuba, any strings (particularly violas and double basses) and occasionally bassoons. You will typically be involved in two rehearsals per week across most of the semester leading to a concert, which may take place in the evening or at a weekend. There may also be rehearsals on a concert weekend. Assessment is based on practical work in rehearsal and performance, with an extremely strong emphasis being placed on attendance.
ObjectivesThis module gives students experience in practical music-making through participation in small or large ensembles. They will begin to develop stylistic awareness and ensemble-playing skills. Imagination will be stimulated by interactive learning in collaboration with both staff and fellow students. Students' self-and peer- assessment skills will be fostered, and they should demonstrate reliability and emerging professionalism in their conduct as performing musicians. They will begin to develop skills in meaningful and critical reflection on ensemble performance experiences and presenting this in an articulate manner.
1. Demonstrate an awareness of the range of fundamental skills required for collaborative performance
2. Engage practically in music-making and work
3. Work effectively in a group
4. Engage in self-directed learning
5. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on their own progress and achievement
6. Demonstrate an ability to cooperate with both staff and student ensemble directors
Students will gain the opportunity to hone their instrumental skills and musicianship within the context of the given musical ensemble in which they participate. Through engaged contributions to rehearsals, they will also develop their group working and professional skills in contexts reflective of those undertaken by professional musicians.
This varies from student to student and dependent on the projects available in the School each semester. Activities have typically included orchestral projects, choral projects, popular and world music ensembles, chamber ensembles, and a new music ensemble. These have been directed and mentored by staff, and often some sessions are student-led. Projects are designed to reflect the competencies and orientations of the current cohort of students and will often respond to the School’s academic teaching and research.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||132.00|
|Total Contact hours||24.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||156.00|
Private study20 hours monitoring and documenting their activities and producing reflective report
100 hours in individual practice
12 hours doing relevant listening and exploring the context of the repertoire
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOngoing feedback from tutors and peers in rehearsals, and in-course formative assessment exercises appropriate to the ensembles that students are participating in (e.g. mini-choir or sectional performances in rehearsals).
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Engagement with Project||0.00|
|Report||Ensemble Activity Report (800–1000 words)||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Poor engagement with the project will result in a penalty in the final module mark; persistant lack of engagement will result in failure. Owing to the group nature of Ensemble Performance, and the requirements of the module learning outcomes (notably 2, 3 and 6) it is not possible to undertake a resit of the practical component for this module.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 13/09/2021
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