Module code: MUS3066

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop advanced independent learning skills in your individual instrument or voice and to expand your performing skills and experience further. You will also develop practical skills in the co-ordination of event management. The creative skills you learn will also contribute to your learning in other modules. 

We are unable to take more than a very limited number of students for the conducting options within this module in order to be able to offer suitable opportunities for practical work with ensembles. Selection of students for these options will be on the basis of marks for the conducting assessments at Level 5 as well as a presentation made to the conducting tutor and one other member of staff.

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 6

JACs code: W310

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

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 8

Workshop Hours: 15

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite for instrumentalists/singers: none Pre-requisite for conductors: a mark averaging at least 60% in the conducting assessment of MUS2049 Performance 2A and MUS2050 Performance 2B and the permission of the Module Leader. Students taking this option would normally have done both of these re-requisite modules. Students wishing to take this module without taking MUS3065 Performance 3A and who intend taking the conducting options are strongly urged to attend conducting classes in semester 1 as non-participants.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • learning and preparing new repertoire

  • performing that repertoire in concerts and workshops

  • making studio recordings if appropriate

  • developing a wide range of effective independent learning skills

  • learning new technical skills appropriate to you and consolidating previously learned skills

  • gaining further skills in and experience of event management by co-ordinating 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

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) REFLECTIVE ACCOUNT (1000 WORDS) 10

Alternative Assessment

Conducting only replaced with written coursework of 2500 words Conducting assessment replaced with written coursework of 1500 words Event management duties - 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 high level of technical and musical competence in performance (LO1-3, 5)

  • a core level of experience in a large ensemble including aural skills development (LO4)

  • an ability to function responsibly and professionally co-ordinating a small team in event management or in managing and ensemble (LO6)

  • an ability to think critically and to reflect on their practical work (LO3)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • a 12-15 minute public performance as a soloist, accompanist, ensemble member or conductor (LO1-3, 5) with the option of submitting a 200 word commentary outlining what you consider to be the most important interpretative features of your programme OR

  • a 7-8 minute public performance as a soloist, accompanist or ensemble member AND a further 7-8 minute public performance as a conductor (LO1-3, 5) with the option of submitting a 200 word commentary outlining what you consider to be the most important interpretative features of your programme/s 

  • weekly contribution to a departmental or substitute ensemble (LO4-5) 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

NB If offering group performance as part of an ensemble each player will receive the same mark.

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 advanced skills and techniques appropriate to your instrument/voice or conducting: i) practising 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
  • Encourage reflective learning
  • Develop good practice in event management to enable you to co-ordinate 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 large number of their own practice and rehearsal techniques, including in time management, and apply them appropriately and effectively CPT
3 learn repertoire with even less input from a tutor, demonstrating a wide knowledge of repertoire for their own instrument/voice and more comprehensive understanding and musical judgement of the range and suitability of interpretative choices KCPT
4 Show comprehensive awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant P
5 Show self-assurance and confidence in front of a small audience PT
6 Effectively co-ordinate small teams of students in managing events T

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/conducting skills

  • develop your awareness of a full range of professional activities (eg making recording, giving concerts)

  • develop your aural and listening skills

  • develop and consolidate your ensemble skills

  • develop and consolidate your independent learning skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • one-to-one lessons on your instrument/voice

  • conducting classes (for conductors only)

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

  • private study as required

  • observation of rehearsals and concerts given by peers

  • observation of rehearsals and concerts given by professional performers

  • rehearsals with choir, chamber choir, orchestra or a substitute ensemble

  • rehearsals and coaching of unconducted repertoire

  • performance seminars comprising:

    • masterclasses and taught sessions

    • practice concerts

  • private listening related to your 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) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music BMus (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons) 2 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.