Module code: MUS3076

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 136

Lecture Hours: 14

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment CONDUCTING (12 MINUTES) 90
Practical based assessment SOLO PERFORMANCE (15 MINUTES) 100
Practical based assessment ADVANCED PERFORMANCE 100

Alternative Assessment

*Ensemble management duties will be replaced by extended written coursework (1000 words).

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite for instrumentalists/singers: a mark of at least 60% in MUS2049 Performance 2a or MUS2050 Performance 2b, or an average across both modules; MUS3065 Performance 3a; and the permission of the module convenor. Pre-requisite for conductors: a mark averaging at least 60% in the conducting assessment of MUS2049 Performance 2a and MUS2050 Performance 2b modules; MUS3065 Performance 3a (with conducting); and the permission of the module convenor. Students taking this option would normally have done all of these pre-requisite modules.     Co-requisite for instrumentalists/singers only: MUS3066 Performance 3b

Module overview

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop professional performance skills and independent learning skills in your individual discipline.

    Assessments will be held in public concerts.

Module aims

Develop a high level and comprehensive range of skills and techniques appropriate to working in your discipline: i) practising and performance strategies; ii) self-confidence through thorough preparation

Develop your skills and perceptions: i) awareness while performing; ii) communication with your audience; iii) coping with performance anxiety

Increase your knowledge of and exposure to repertoire for your discipline

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Employ a comprehensive range of technical/musical skills appropriate to your repertoire and suitable as a foundation for further study C
2 Identify a wide range of your own practice and rehearsal techniques, apply them appropriately and effectively (including in time management) and show authority in rehearsal CPT
3 Learn repertoire with even less input from a tutor, demonstrating a thoughtful and wide-ranging knowledge of repertoire for your own instrument/voice and a more comprehensive understanding and musical judgement of the range and suitability of interpretative choices KCPT
4 Show alert and comprehensive awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant P
5 Show greater self-assurance, confidence and authority in front of a large audience PT
6 Apply your knowledge of concert protocol at all times P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

•    learning and preparing new repertoire

•    performing that repertoire in concerts and workshops

•    if appropriate, making studio recordings

•    consolidating previously-learned technical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

•    help you prepare and perform at the highest level in a limited-length programme

•    communicate with your audience with conviction

•    have confidence in your musical decision-making and in your instinctive choices

•    for conductors only, to gain further experience in managing ensembles

The learning and teaching methods include:

•    one-to-one lessons in your discipline (8 hours for the module)

•    individual practice and coaching (as agreed with your instrumental/vocal/conducting tutor)

•    for conductors, some attendance at classroom sessions

•    tutorials (as required).

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

•    a very high level of technical and musical competence (LO1-5)

•    for conductors, competence in managing an ensemble (LO2)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•    for instrumentalists/singers, a performance usually in week 13 or 14 in a public concert playing repertoire as a soloist (with accompaniment if required) for 15 minutes (LO1-3, 5-6)

•    for conductors, a performance in a public concert for 12 minutes; AND

•    ensemble management duties (LO1-6)


Formative assessment

•    Performances in a range of informal and formal concerts on campus, including:

o    seminars

o    lunchtime concerts

o    rush-hour concerts

o    Live at the Ivy (LO1-6)

•    If appropriate, performances in formal concerts off campus, including:

o    Guildford URC

o    Holy Trinity

o    Guildford Institute

o    Woking URC

o    Elmbridge Music Society (LO1-6)

•    Rehearsals and discussions with staff and peers



•    instrumental/vocal tutors

•    staff (including formal concert feedback)

•    accompanists

•    conductors

•    peers

•    self-observation of recordings

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.