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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUS5241M Short Recital

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Prof Michael Allis

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

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students not on the MMus Performance programme who wish to be considered for this module should be highly experienced performers able to deliver a performance of an extended work at Masters level; they will be asked to provide a DVD/online recording or to audition to make sure that they are of a suitable performing standard.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

On this module you will have 10 one-to-one lessons, and you will participate in weekly performance classes. Assessment will be via a 25-30-minute recital, with repertoire chosen by the student (90%), supported by programme notes of c.750-1000 words (10%). Students on this module should be experienced performers at Masters level; as part of the application process for the MMus Performance programme, they will be asked to provide a DVD or online 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, and memorising skills as appropriate; professional development of academic writing skills for performers. On completion of the module you will have developed a substantial body of repertoire that you have had at, or can bring quickly to, performance standard. You will have explored interpretative matters and issues of style and have an intellectually informed approach to performance. In the recital examination you should demonstrate fluency and technical reliability as an executant performer, a strong sense for communication of ideas and convincing presentation as a performer. You should have well informed and insightful powers of self- and peer-review, and be able to frame comments on performances in a constructive manner. You will have acquired an enhanced degree of independence as a performer, providing the equipment to develop further in the future. You will have experience of using recordings as an aid to the study of performance. You will be able to place your performances in a wider context through the writing of coherent and informative programme notes.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

On completion of this module students should:

1. Plan prepare and deliver a recital, demonstrating an advanced level of interpretative skill and technical ability;

2. Apply intelligent and efficient self-review to enhance personal development;

3. Demonstrate an awareness of presentational issues and contextual materials relevant to a performing context;

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

4. Find solutions to a range of technical and interpretative challenges in performance

5. Display developed skills in musical communication


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
Private study hours267.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentProgramme note of 750-1000 words10.00
PracticalRecital 25-30 min90.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/01/2024


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