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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS2320 Performance

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Ariana Phillips-Hutton

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally a pass mark of at least 60 in MUSS1320 and a satisfactory level of professionalism in working with external instrumental or vocal teacher(s), however if space permits students who do not achieve a mark of 60 on MUSS1320 may be admitted on a case-by-case basis



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, you should be able to demonstrate proficient, consistent and reliable performance skills in an end-of year examination. The performance should reflect the development of technical fluency as well as communicative and expressive qualities. You should develop as a performing musician through the extension of repertoire studies, aural awareness, stagecraft, and (in most cases) ensemble skills, with sight-reading, improvising and memorising skills as appropriate. Typically, you would spend approximately 7 or more hours each week in a practice room. Regular performance classes, where you perform to your peers (with staff/repetiteur support), will enable you to be meaningfully articulate about your own performances and that of others. You will be expected to work independently; reliable organisation is essential.


The module aims to instil in students a progressive deepening of intellectual and emotional musicianship alongside the development of performance skills and instrumental/vocal technique, through the performance of a range of repertoire. Students will develop their abilities in aural awareness along with specific skills such as improvisation, sight-reading and memorising as appropriate to the instrument and genre pursued, as well as an understanding of stagecraft and communication skills. The module also aims to introduce students to critical skills, in self- and peer-assessment, techniques of recording and reviewing independent work, and organisational and planning skills for performance.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should:

• Show a mature understanding of their instrument/voice's repertoire, and a good working knowledge of other repertoires;
• Perform with a developed level of musical expression;
• Be independently motivated in their performance preparation;
• Be comfortably proficient with all aspects of stagecraft;
• Develop organisational abilities with regard to working with others
• Show continued development of instrumental/vocal technique;
• Display advanced skills in musical communication;
• 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 (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, critical awareness and reliability


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.

Students must contribute performances to these classes.

In addition, students must attend 4 1-hour lectures timetabled outside of regular performance class time.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Instrumental/Vocal Lesson141.0014.00
Group learning102.0020.00
Private study hours162.00
Total Contact hours38.00
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. They are also expected to practice all aspects of stagecraft for their performances.

Typically, a successful student on this module will spend approximately 7 hours each week in a practice room, as well as time at concerts (performing and listening), in libraries, listening to recordings, etc. (7 hours x 22 weeks = 154 hours)

Students will typically receive up to 4 hours of individual coaching with the repetiteur.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Ongoing feedback is provided via class discussion, staff critique, and participation in peer feedback both in-class and via online means as well as 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Self/Peer AssessmentOral feedback and discussion in class as well as participation in on-line discussions via the VLE.0.00
In-course AssessmentAppropriate professional conduct in dealing with instrumental/vocal teacher0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Full resit is not available because further instrumental lessons and classes will not be provided. Students will still be able to pass the module on resit by being assessed purely on the recital.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins0.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 20 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Time of any resit is by mutual arrangement between repetiteur, other examiners, venue and the student.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 21/12/2023


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