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Unit information: Practical studies: Performance in 2015/16

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Unit name Practical studies: Performance
Unit code MUSI10054
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Ellis
Open unit status Not open

Normally Grade VIII in Associated Board Examination



School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Students prepare a short solo performace of 10 minutes (given in the summer term) on their prinicpal instrument (or voice) and develop the disciplines of repertoire selection and development, effective self-presentation in a performance context and a professional attitude towards workshops and lessons with approved teachers.


This unit aims to develop existing practical skills leading towards an assessed 10-minute solo performance in preparation for which students will benefit from a programme of instrumental or vocal lessons. The process of negotiation required in producing the desired sound from the notated scores, and communicating the individual interpretation of that score in performance, is fundamental to solo performance and it is expected that this skill will develop throughout the year and will translate into an effective solo performance. The unit is intended to provide a secure foundation for further performance units involving solo performance at subsequent stages in the BA programme and is an essential pre-requisite for those units.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. perform a technically-competent short recital on their principal instrument (or voice), displaying, where appropriate, effective communication with the accompanist in performance
  2. apply recommended principles of repertoire selection and programme planning
  3. develop and display a confident attitude towards presentational aspects of their recital
  4. master the most fruitful techniques of individual practice
  5. respond thoughtfully to constructive criticism of their playing (in workshops and lessons).

Teaching Information

Twelve 1-hour one-to-one lessons over the year (24 weeks) with an approved instrumental or vocal teacher.

Participation in group workshops and masterclasses.

Assessment Information

One 10-minute recital (100%) in the May/June assessment period, of pieces prepared throughout the academic year, reflecting ILOs 1-5.

Reading and References

  • Brendel, A., Music Sounded Out (London, 1993)
  • Dunsby, J., Performing Music: Shared Concerns (Oxford, 1993)
  • J.Rink (ed.), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (Cambridge, 2003)