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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS1320 Performance

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Matthew Pritchard

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

We expect students to have attained a minimum mark of 80% in ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, or Rockschool Grade 8 or equivalent, or to be of equivalent standard.

Students will not be able to enrol on this module directly. If you are a Single or Joint Honours Music student you must complete an online form to be considered for this module.

Students will not be able to enrol on this module directly. If you are a Single or Joint Honours Music student, please return the forms that you have been sent in August in order to select this module.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module addresses the progressive development of instrumental or vocal technique, and performance and related skills such as repertoire studies, technique, musicality, aural awareness, preparation, and skills in time-management and professional communication. Performance in Higher Education is contextualised as a practical and academic discipline through a series of interactive lectures, which are designed to broaden awareness of the range of issues that affect and impact on performance and performers. Students take individual lessons with a specialist instrumental or vocal teacher and also attend performance classes in which they begin to develop abilities in critiquing their own performances and those of others, leading to a final recital assessment. Students are expected to show a growing professionalism through a commitment to private practice and the development of positive working relationships with their instrumental or vocal teacher and other musicians.


The module aims to support the progressive development of instrumental or vocal technique and the development of performance and related skills and knowledge. This objective is met through repertoire studies, the development of associated skills such as musicality and aural awareness, and a broadening awareness of a range of issues that contextualise performance as a pracical and academic musical discipline.

Learning outcomes
1. Take responsibility for their own development as performers and show development of instrumental/vocal technique.
2. Display skills in musical communication and the development of musical expression.
3. Demonstrate emerging professionalism through effective communication with other musicians and management of their own time.
4. Reflect critically on their progress and achievements as performers, and those of their peers.

Skills outcomes
1. Expression, style and interpretation (specific to musical work and genre)

This category typically includes 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, agility, articulation, dynamic range, in addition to specific qualities such as, for instance: diction, breath control, pedalling, finger-work, bowing, pronunciation, language skills, consistency, flexibility, precision in complex rhythmic figures

3. Other skills (as relevant)

This category typically includes the following, as appropriate:

Aural perception, understanding of style (historical practice, for instance), sight-reading, speed and independence of learning, memorisation, initiative, creativity, leadership, preparation, professionalism, selection of repertoire, critical awareness and reliability


Students will take individual lessons with a specialist instrumental or vocal teacher, and will be responsible for the scheduling of these lessons across the academic session. These individual lessons work alongside an interactive lecture series that serves to contextualise performance at Higher Education level as a practical and academic discipline, and performance classes through which students have opportunities to gain feedback from staff and peers and to develop skills in self-reflection and critical evaluation of performance.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Instrumental/Vocal Lesson121.0012.00
Peer Observation22.004.00
Interactive Lecture51.005.00
Group learning102.0020.00
Private study hours159.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

• Practice for an average of 1 hour per day across each working week of each semester (5 hours per week for 22 weeks): 110 hours
• Identification of repertoire, listening to recordings and performances, and research into other aspects of performance including those informed by the interactive lectures: 15 hours
• Reflecting on the experience of observing performance classes at upper levels: 2 hours
• Critical self-reflection and consideration of staff and peer feedback based on own performances: 6 hours preparation for formative and summative assessments: 26 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

• Regular feedback from instrumental/vocal teachers in individual lessons across the year
• Oral feedback from staff and peers in performance classes across the year
• Feedback on the end-of-semester 1 formative performance

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins0.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Semester 1 Exam: Performance Semester 2 Exam: Performance and Supporting Coursework

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:43:20


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