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

MCGRATH John (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 6

Workshop Hours: 15

Independent Learning Hours: 119

Lecture Hours: 10

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)

  • accompanists

  • conductors 

  • peers

  • 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

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

  • tutorials

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
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
Mathematics with Music BSc (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 2019/0 academic year.