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Unit information: Minor Performance in 2015/16

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Unit name Minor Performance
Unit code MUSI29012
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Hornby
Open unit status Not open

Level C Practical Studies



School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit fosters the development of performance skills acquired at Level C. There are two elements: (i) solo recital (prepared through individual lessons and supplemented by seminars and masterclasses arranged by the Department); and (iii) the compilation of a log book detailing the student’s critical self-reflection on the development of his/her performance skills as the unit progresses.

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 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. 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 the student to (1) develop and display technical fluency and interpretative insight beyond the level attained in Level C Practical Studies (2) identify and develop strategies for improvement of technical weaknesses (3) extend knowledge of repertoire and associated technical/ musical requirements (4) perform effectively in a solo context (5) react to constructive criticism (6) address personal development self-critically

Teaching details

Performance seminars and workshops (including occasional coaching sessions and masterclasses given by visiting professionals); up to 6 individual lessons within a single TB.

Assessment Details

A solo recital (c. 15 mins) examined at the end of the semester (80%). This will demonstrate (1) and (2) through (4). A log book detailing performance activities through the semester (20%). This will demonstrate (3) and (5) through (6), as well as being a means for a further demonstration of (2) and the ‘interpretative insight’ aspect of (1).

Reading and References

Brendel, A., Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts (London, 1980) Dunsby, J., Performing Music: Shared Concerns (London, 1993) Le Huray, P., Authenticity in Performance (Cambridge, 1990) Rink, J. (ed.), The Practice of Performance: Studies in Musical Interpretation (Cambridge, 1995) Stowell, R. (ed.), Performing Beethoven (Cambridge, 1994) Rink, J. (ed.), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (Cambridge, 2003)