Module code: MUS3065

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 94

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 16.5

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) REFLECTIVE ACCOUNT (1000 WORDS) 10

Alternative Assessment

*Each assessment replaced with written coursework of 1000 words.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite for instrumentalists/singers: none Pre-requisite for conductors: a mark averaging at least 60% in the conducting assessment of MUS2049 Performance 2A and MUS2050 Performance 2B and the permission of the Module Leader. Students taking this option would normally have done both of these re-requisite modules. 

Module overview

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop advanced independent learning skills in your individual instrumental/vocal discipline, and to expand further your performing skills and experience as a performer. You will also develop practical skills in co-ordination of performance/event management. The creative skills you learn will also contribute to your learning in other modules.

We are unable to take more than a very limited number of students for the conducting options within this module in order to be able to offer suitable opportunities for practical work with ensembles. Selection of students for these options will be on the basis of assessment marks for the conducting assessment at level 5; and a presentation made to the Director of Conducting and one other member of staff

Module aims

develop a range of advanced skills and techniques appropriate to your instrument/voice or conducting

practicing and performance strategies

self-confidence through thorough preparation

develop your skills and perceptions as both a solo and ensemble performer:

awareness while performing

communicating with your audience

coping with performance anxiety

further extend your aural skills

develop critical listening skills

increase your knowledge of repertoire

encourage reflective learning

develop good practice in event management to enable you to co-ordinate a small team effectively

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Employ an ever-increasing range of technical/musical skills appropriate to their repertoire and suitable as a foundation for further study C
Identify a large number of their own practice and rehearsal techniques, including in time management, and apply them appropriately and effectively CPT
Learn repertoire with even less input from a tutor, demonstrating a wide knowledge of repertoire for their own instrument/voice and more comprehensive understanding and musical judgement of the range and suitability of interpretative choices KCPT
Show comprehensive awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant P
Show self-assurance and confidence in front of a small audience PT
Effectively co-ordinate small teams of students in managing events T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

learning and preparing new repertoire
performing that repertoire in concerts and workshops
studio recordings if appropriate
developing a wide range of effective independent learning skills
learning new technical skills appropriate to you, and consolidating previously learned skills
gaining further skills in and experience of event management by co-ordinating teams of students in such duties
learning and performing repertoire for choir, chamber choir, orchestra or a substitute ensemble
reflecting on the experiences of your practical work

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

develop and consolidate your instrumental/vocal/conducting skills
develop your awareness of a full range of professional activities (e.g. making recordings, giving concerts)
develop your aural and listening skills
develop and consolidate your ensemble skills
develop and consolidate your independent learning skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

one-to-one lessons on your instrument/voice
conducting classes (for conductors only)
individual practice and coaching (as agreed with your instrumental/vocal tutor)
private study as required
observation of rehearsals and concerts given by peers
observation of rehearsals and concerts given by professional performers
rehearsing with choir, chamber choice, orchestra or a substitute ensemble
rehearsing and coaching of unconducted repertoire
performance seminars comprising:

masterclasses and taught sessions
practice concerts

private listening related to your studies
conducting concerts


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

a high level of technical and musical competence in performance (LO1-3, 5)
a core level of experience in a large ensemble including aural skills development (LO4)
an ability to function responsibly and professionally co-ordinating a small team in event management or in managing and ensemble (LO6)
an ability to think critically and to reflect on their practical work (LO3)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

a 12-15 minute public performance as a soloist or conductor (LO1-3, 5) with the option of submitting a 200 word commentary outlining what you consider to be the most important interpretative features of your programme OR
a 7-8 minute public performance as a soloist AND a further 7-8 minute public performance as a conductor (LO1-3, 5) with the option of submitting a 200 word commentary outlining what you consider to be the most important interpretative features of your programme/s
weekly contribution to a departmental or substitute ensemble (LO4-5) marked by submission of a 500 word statement describing your learning during the semester
event management duties (LO6) marked by submission of a 300 word statement evaluating your performance in this role

Formative assessment

you are required to give at least one performance as a soloist on your main study instrument in a concert or workshop before your assessment
rehearsals and discussion with staff and peers


instrumental/vocal tutors
staff (lunchtime concert feedback)
self-observation of recordings

Reading list

Reading list for PERFORMANCE 3A :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Music Technology Bmus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)/BMus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music BMus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.