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Unit information: Performance in 2021/22

Unit name Performance
Unit code MUSI20058
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Pickard
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit fosters the development of skills acquired at Level C. Students will give two recitals, one at the end of each teaching block, as detailed below. Teaching is delivered principally through one to one instrumental or vocal lessons, supplemented by performance seminars and workshops.


Through a variety of teaching contexts, including individual instrumental or vocal lessons, performance seminars and workshops, and masterclasses, this unit aims to deepen the student's appreciation of technique and its musical application in solo and ensemble performance. With respect to solo performance, repertoire will be broadened; stylistic awareness (including an awareness of historically-informed styles of performance) will be extended; programme planning and recital presentation will be refined. The skill of co-operation with other musicians in an ensemble context will be introduced in this unit. Occasional masterclasses and ensemble coaching sessions given by visiting professional performers will enhance the learning experience. The unit also aims to encourage critical self-reflection on personal development as a performer through the compilation of a detailed log book.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to:

  1. perform technically competent recitals on their principal instrument or voice, displaying, where appropriate, effective communication with the accompanist or ensemble 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

One-to-one lessons with an approved instrumental or vocal teacher.

Assessment Information

A solo recital (c. 20 mins) examined at the end of semester 2 (100%) (ILOs 1-5). (If there are public health restrictions in place that prevent a live recital, it has to be recorded and the recording uploaded.)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.