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2013/14 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSI5330M Instrumental or Vocal Recital

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Michael Allis

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

Year running 2013/14

Pre-requisite qualifications

Executant skill as an instrumentalist or singer at an appropriate level (normally postgraduate), usually demonstrated in audition.

This modules is mutually exclusive with MUSI5360M except if taught on a different instrument.

This module is mutually exclusive with

MUSI5360MInstrumental or Vocal Recital

This module is not approved as an Elective


The progressive development of instrumental or vocal technique 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 should:

- Have developed a substantial body of repertoire that they have had at, or can bring quickly to, performance standard;
- have explored interpretative matters and issues of style and have an intellectually informed approach to performance;
- be able to demonstrate fluency and technical reliability as an executant performer, a strong sense for communication of musical ideas and convincing presentation as a performer;
- have well informed and insightful powers of self- and peer-review, and be able to frame comments on performances in a constructive manner;
- have acquired an enhanced degree of independence as a performer, providing the equipment to develop further / in new areas in the future;
- have experience of using recordings as an aid to the study of performance;
- 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 class / seminars held weekly. Repertoire to be studied is negotiated between the student, the instrumental teacher and the tutor, 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. At least one seminar will be devoted to the development of academic writing skills for performers, particularly programme note writing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Instrumental/Vocal Lesson101.0010.00
Private study hours273.50
Total Contact hours26.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

private practice/preparation for classes and exams - 248 hours
preparation of programme notes – 25.5 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly performance classes; instrumental/vocal lessons; coaching sessions with accompanist; seminar(s) on academic writing skills for performers.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Workprogramme notes, 750-1000 words10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)10.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 30 mins90.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)90.00

The recital should be c. 30 minutes. The recital programme should be determined in consultation with a module tutor.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 23/05/2014


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