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Unit information: Accompaniment in Practice in 2021/22

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 Dr. Scott
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)


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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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