Skip to main content

Unit information: Accompaniment in Practice in 2015/16

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

Unit name Accompaniment in Practice
Unit code MUSIM0041
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Fairclough
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

In this module, MA keyboard players and guitarists will develop their skills as accompanists. As well as formal tuition, there will be many opportunities to practise accompanying other music students.

By the end of the module, students will:-

  • have developed their ability to sightread fluently under pressure
  • have developed their rehearsal technique
  • have attained a level of technical skill so that they can fluently accompany a formal recital, responding sensitively to another performer in real time.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. be able to sightread a moderately complex piece
  2. fluently accompany another player
  3. constructively lead a rehearsal with a soloist, so that the performance is significantly improved by the end of the rehearsal period
  4. successfully accompany a formal 10 minute recital (prepared)

Teaching Information

Group coaching in accompaniment skills (seminar based)

Assessment Information

Sightreading exercise, accompanying a soloist (25%) (outcomes 1 and 2); assessed 20-minute rehearsal (25%) (outcomes 2 and 3); assessed formal recital of 10 minutes (outcomes 2 and 4)

Reading and References

  • The technique of accompaniment by Philip Cranmer (1970)
  • Gerald Moore Am I Too Loud? memoirs of an accompanist (1962)
  • The Cambridge companion to the piano /edited by David Rowland. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998
  • K. Adler: The Art of Accompanying and Coaching (Minneapolis, 1965)
  • C.V. Bos and A. Pettis: The Well-Tempered Accompanist (Bryn Mawr, 1949)