Module code: MUS2049

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop more advanced independent learning skills in your individual instrumental/vocal discipline, and to continue to expand your performing skills as both a solo and an ensemble performer.  You will also develop practical skills in learning event management activities and basic skills in conducting.  The creative skills you learn will also contribute to your learning in other modules.

You are required to take tuition in a single instrument/voice only, and you may not change that discipline without re-auditioning. Such re-auditions will only take place between academic years, and if you wish to re-audition you must inform the Module Leader by the end of the preceding July. The assumption is that you will continue with the same instrument, style and tutor as you were having at the preceding level.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG Thomas (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W310

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite:  none

Module content

Indicative content includes: 

learning and preparing new repertoire
performing that repertoire in concerts and workshops
making studio recordings if appropriate
learning new technical skills appropriate to you and consolidating previously learned skills
learning a comprehensive range of skills in event management and leading small teams of students in such duties
learning and performing repertoire for choir, chamber choir, orchestra or a substitute ensemble
reflecting on the experiences of your practical work
basic conducting techniques and skills 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework SOLO PERFORMANCE OR GROUP PERFORMANCE (accompanist/member of an ensemble of three or more players) 70

Alternative Assessment

Each assessment replaced with written coursework of 1000 words

Assessment Strategy

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

a core level of technical and musical competence in performance (LO1T3, 5)
a core level of experience in a large ensemble including aural skills development (LO4) 
a basic level of skill in conducting (LO7)
an ability to function responsibly and professionally leading a small team in event management (LO6)
an ability to think critically and to reflect on their practical work (LO3)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

a performance in public playing repertoire as a soloist or an accompanist or an ensemble member for 10T12 minutes (LO1T3, 5) with the option of submitting a 200 word commentary outlining what you consider to be the most important interpretative features of your programme. NB If offering group performance as an ensemble each player will receive the same mark.
conducting a small ensemble in a set exercise (LO7) 
weekly contribution to a departmental or substitute ensemble (LO4T5) marked by submission of a 500 word statement describing your learning during the semester
event management duties (LO6) marked by submission of a 300 word statement evaluating your performance in this role

Formative assessment 

you are required to give at least one performance on your main study instrument in a concert or workshop before your assessment
rehearsals and discussion with staff and peers


instrumental/vocal tutors
staff (lunchtime concert feedback)
self-observation of recordings 

Module aims

  • develop a range of intermediate skills and techniques appropriate to working on your instrument/voice: i) practice and performance strategies; ii) self-confidence through thorough preparation
  • develop your skills and perceptions as a solo and/or ensemble performer: i) awareness while performing; ii) communicating with your audience, iii) coping with performance anxiety
  • further extend your aural skills
  • develop critical listening skills
  • increase your knowledge of repertoire
  • develop basic skills in conducting
  • encourage reflective learning
  • develop good practice in event management to enable you to lead a small team effectively

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Employ an ever-increasing range of technical/musical skills appropriate to their repertoire and suitable as a foundation for further study C
2 Identify a significant number of their own practice and rehearsal techniques, including in time management, and apply them appropriately and effectively CPT
3 Learn repertoire with less input from a tutor, demonstrating a wide knowledge of repertoire for their own instrument/voice and more comprehensive understanding of the range and suitability of interpretative choices KCPT
4 Show greater awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant P
5 Show growing self-assurance and confidence in front of a small audience PT
6 Effectively lead small teams of students in managing events T
7 Conduct small ensembles in simple repertoire

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 129

Tutorial Hours: 13

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

develop and consolidate your instrumental/vocal skills
develop your awareness of a full range of professional activities (e.g. making recordings, giving concerts)
develop your aural and listening skills
develop and consolidate your ensemble skills
develop and consolidate your independent learning skills
introduce basic conducting skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

one-to-one lessons on your instrument/voice
individual practice and coaching (as agreed with our instrumental/vocal tutor)
private study as required
observation of rehearsals and concerts given by peers
observation of rehearsals and concerts given by professional performers
rehearsing with choir, chamber choice, orchestra or a substitute ensemble
rehearsing and coaching of unconducted repertoire
performance seminars comprising:

masterclasses and taught sessions
practice concerts

private listening related to your instrumental studies
conducting concerts

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for PERFORMANCE 2A :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music BMus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2018/9 academic year.