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 Performance And/Or Conducting70
CourseworkChoir Or Orchestra Or Chamber Choir10
CourseworkEvent Management Duties10
Project (Group/Individual)/DissertationReflective Account (1000 Words)10

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 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


Pre-requisite for instrumentalists/singers: a mark of at least 60% in MUS2049 (Performance 2A) or MUS2050 (Performance 2B), or an average across both modules; and the permission of the Module Leader.

Pre-requisite for conductors: a mark averaging at least 60% in the conducting assessment of MUS2049 (Performance 2A) and MUS2050 (Performance 2B) modules; and the permission of the Module Leader. Students taking this option would normally have done both of these pre-requisite modules.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • develop a range of advanced skills and techniques appropriate to working on your discipline
    • 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
  • encourage reflective learning
  • demonstrate good practice in event/ensemble management to enable you to coordinate a team effectively.

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 large 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 comprehensive knowledge of repertoire for your own instrument/voice and a more comprehensive understanding and musical judgement of the range and suitability of interpretative choices (T/P/K/C)
  4. show comprehensive awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant (P)
  5. show self-assurance and confidence in front of a small audience (P/T)
  6. effectively co-ordinating small teams of students in managing events (T)

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
  • 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 and diverse range of professional activities (eg recording, and concerts)
  • develop your aural and listening skills
  • develop and consolidate your ensemble skills
  • develop and help you to apply independent learning skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • one-to-one lessons on your instrument/voice (8 hours for the module)
  • individual practice and coaching (as agreed with your instrumental/vocal/conducting tutor)
  • 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 (3 hours each week, more in concert weeks)
  • rehearsals and coaching of unconducted repertoire (by individual arrangement)
  • performance seminars (1.5 hours per week)
    • masterclasses/taught sessions as appropriate
    • practice concerts
  • (for conductors only) conducting classes
  • private listening related to your studies
  • tutorials (as required).

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)
  • accompanists
  • conductors
  • peers
  • self-observation of recordings

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:22

Seminar Hours:38.5

Personal Tutorial Hours:75

Reading List


Last Updated

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