Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
BARHAM JM Dr (Music & Med)
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkSolo Performance70
CourseworkDepartmental Ensemble10
CourseworkEvent Management Duties10
CourseworkConducting Skills10

Alternative Assessment

*Each assessment replaced with written coursework of 1000 words

Qualifying condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop more advanced independent learning skills in your individual instrumental/vocal discipline, and to continue to expand your performing skills as both a solo and an ensemble performer.  You will also develop practical skills in learning event management activities and basic skills in conducting.  The creative skills you learn will also contribute to your learning in other modules.


Pre-requisite:  a mark of at least 60% in MUS1030 (Pathways in Musicianship A) or MUS1024 (Pathways in Musicianship B), or an average across both modules, and the permission of the module convernor.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • develop a range of intermediate skills and techniques appropriate to working on your instrument/voice:
    • practice 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
  • develop basic skills in conducting
  • encourage reflective learning
  • develop good practice in event management to enable you to lead a small team effectively

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • employ an ever-increasing range of technical/musical skills appropriate to their repertoire and suitable as a foundation for further study (C)
  • identify a significant number of their own practice and rehearsal techniques, including in time management, and apply them appropriately and effectively (C/P/T)
  • learn repertoire with less input from a tutor, demonstrating a wide knowledge of repertoire for their own instrument/voice and more comprehensive understanding of the range and suitability of interpretative choices (T/P/K/C)
  • show greater awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant (P)
  • show growing self-assurance and confidence in front of a small audience (P/T)
  • effectively lead small teams of students in managing events (T)
  • conduct small ensembles in simple repertoire

Key: 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
  • making studio recordings if appropriate
  • learning new technical skills appropriate to you and consolidating previously learned skills
  • learning a comprehensive range of skills in event management and leading small 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
  • basic conducting techniques and skills 

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • develop and consolidate your instrumental/vocal 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
  • introduce basic conducting skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • one-to-one lessons on your instrument/voice
  • individual practice and coaching (as agreed with our 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 instrumental studies
  • conducting concerts
  • tutorials

Assessment Strategy

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

  • a core level of technical and musical competence in performance (LO1T3, 5)
  • a core level of experience in a large ensemble including aural skills development (LO4) 
  • a basic level of skill in conducting (LO7)
  • an ability to function responsibly and professionally leading a small team in event management (LO6)
  • an ability to think critically and to reflect on their practical work (LO3)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • a performance in private playing repertoire as a soloist for 10T12 minutes (LO1T3, 5) with the option of submitting a 200 word commentary outlining what you consider to be the most important interpretative features of your programme
  • conducting a small ensemble in a set exercise (LO7) 
  • weekly contribution to a departmental or substitute ensemble (LO4T5) 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)
  • accompanists
  • conductors 
  • peers
  • self-observation of recordings 

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:22

Seminar Hours:16.5

Practical Hours:75

Reading List


Last Updated

03 October 2016 by GODFREY L Miss (Qual. Enh. & S)