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 2

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkSolo Performance70
CourseworkChoir Or Orchestra Or Chamber Choir10
CourseworkEvent Management Duties10
CourseworkConducting Skills10

Alternative Assessment

*Each assessment replaced with writtern 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 leading of performance/event management and more advanced 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 MUS1035 (Practical Musicianship A) or MUS1036 (Practical Musicianship B), or an average across both modules; and the permission of the Module Leader.

Students wishing to take this module without taking MUS2049 Performance 2A and who intend taking conducting options in level 6 Performance modules are strongly urged to attend conducting classes in semester 1 as non-participants.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • develop a range of intermediate skills and techniques appropriate to working on your instrument/voice
    • practising and performance strategies
    • self-confidence through thorough preparation
  • develop your skills and perceptions as both solo and ensemble performer
    • awareness while performing
    • communication with your audience
    • coping with performance anxiety
  • further extend your aural skills
  • develop critical listening skills
  • increase your knowledge of repertoire
  • further develop basic skills in and awareness of conducting
  • develop reflective learning
  • demonstrate good practice in event management
  • develop good practice in event management to enable you to lead effectively as part of a small team.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

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, including 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 (eg recording, and concerts)
  • develop your aural and listening skills
  • develop and consolidate your ensemble skills
  • develop and build upon independent learning skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • one-to-one lessons on your instrument/voice (6 hours for the module)
  • individual practice and coaching (as agreed with your instrumental/vocal tutor)
  • private study (as required)
  • observation of rehearsals and concerts given by peers (1 hour each week, sometimes more)
  • observation of rehearsals and concerts given by professional performers (varies)
  • rehearsals with choir/orchestra/chamber choir (normally 3 hours each week)
  • rehearsals and coaching of unconducted repertoire (by individual arrangement)
  • performance seminars (1.5 hours per week)
    • masterclasses/taught sessions as appropriate
    • practice concerts
  • private listening related to your instrumental studies
  • conducting classes (6 hours)
  • tutorials (as required).

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 (LO1-3, 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 10-12 minutes (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
  • conducting a small ensemble in a set exercise (LO7)
  • 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)
  • accompanists
  • conductors
  • peers
  • self-observation of recordings

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:16.5

Practical Hours:91.5

Reading List


Last Updated

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