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Unit information: Extended Study: Performance in 2022/23

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Unit name Extended Study: Performance
Unit code MUSI30061
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Scott
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This unit is aimed at suitably-qualified students who wish to offer performance as a major element (40CP) of their Level H programme of study. Through a variety of teaching contexts, including individual instrumental or vocal lessons, performance seminars and workshops, this unit aims to develop technical and interpretive abilities to a high level, sufficient to carry off a half-hour public solo recital. With respect to solo performance, challenging repertoire will be examined alongside appropriate stylistic considerations for its presentation (including an awareness of historically-informed styles of performance); careful attention will be given to programme building (in individual lessons, primarily, but supplemented by detailed discussion in performance seminars within the department).

In the performance seminars, there will be frequent opportunities for informal performance showcases before the rest of the group in which constructive feedback from the tutor and other students will be received. The seminars offer an important opportunity for defending interpretive approaches, offering and reacting to criticism, experimenting with alternative solutions and self-reflection. Occasional masterclasses given by visiting professional performers will enhance the learning experience.

Your learning on this unit

Successful completion of this unit will enable the student to:

  1. Demonstrate technical fluency and interpretive insight appropriate to H level studies;
  2. Perform a 30 minute solo public recital with confidence;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of repertoire and associated technical/musical requirements, including historically-informed styles (where relevant).

How you will learn

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

Participation in department research seminar

Attending concerts within the department's concert series.

Participation in group workshops and masterclasses within the Music Futures programme.

Participation in departmentally-run choirs or ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, or Choral Society).

NB: Contribution to composers' workshop for instrumentalists at the end of TB1 or to the final Choral Society rehearsals and concert for singers during TB2 are an integral part of the unit (and allow students to demonstrate the ILOs 3 and 4) and are a requirement to gain credit for the unit.

How you will be assessed

A solo recital (30 mins) examined at the end of semester 2 (100%) (ILOs 1-3)


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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.