Module code: AMT1006

Module Overview

Instrumental Study

Ensemble study will bring the cohort together to work through a number of ensemble pieces developing your instrumental skills, and your skills as an ensemble performer.  

Harmony & Analysis

Using repertoire selected from a wide range of musical styles, students will develop a knowledge of harmony and the application of musical analysis.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W310

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Instrumental Study

Self-led practice on your first and further instruments

Ensemble music classes exploring a range of styles

Harmony and Analysis

Developing an understanding of tonal harmony.

Developing skills in applying analytical methods to a range of musical styles.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment INSTRUMENT STUDY 50
Practical based assessment HARMONY AND ANALYSIS 50

Alternative Assessment

UNIT 1 - Instrumental Study (Practical) 50% Re-Submission of task. UNIT 2- Harmony & Analysis (Practical & Written) 50% Re-submission of task.

Assessment Strategy

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate. Practical evidence of developing approach to contextual and critical analysis.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Unit 1: Instrumental Study (Summative) 50%

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Evidence of practical understanding                                                                                                                                               1,2,3,4

Evidence of developing technique                                                                                                                                                  1,2,3,4

Evidence of technical ability                                                                                                                                                              1,2,3,4

Evidence of engagement with process                                                                                                                                          1,2,3,4


Unit 2: Harmony & Analysis (Summative)


Student Activity                                                                     Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Evidence of practical understanding                                                                                                                                                 1,2,3,4

Evidence of developing technique                                                                                                                                                    1,2,3,4

Evidence of technical/ analytical ability                                                                                                                                             1,2,3,4

Evidence of engagement with process                                                                                                                                            1,2,3,4


Formative assessment and feedback:

As practically taught classes these units offer the opportunity for formative feedback and on a 1-1 basis as the course progresses. Students can at any time request to meet with module co-ordinators or lecturers in the programme to check and receive extra feedback on their practical and academic progress.


Module aims

  • To develop an understanding of tonal harmony in a range of musical styles
  • To develop skills in applying analytical methods to a range of musical styles
  • To develop technical skills as both a solo and ensemble performer
  • To explore areas of repertoire

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Harmonise melodies in a range of musical styles. KCPT
002 Analyse harmonic progressions in a range of musical styles KCPT
003 Demonstrate an emergent ability to apply musical skill as an actor/musician KCPT
004 Identify an increasing number of your own practice and rehearsal techniques, and apply them appropriately KCPT
005 Demonstrate increased awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 80

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Developing an awareness and skill base, leading to an understanding of the core technique that is required for extended and best practice in the profession and higher-level study.

Enable students to acquire versatility in their musicianship and integrate their knowledge across all theatre and music theatre disciplines leading to a firm foundation moving toward extension of technique in Semester 2 of study.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester including, class, lecture and self-directed study.

Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback.

In depth.

  • The approach of the module is vocational in content and delivery and encourages students to participate in reflection on their own practice, independent study and research and embeds the concepts of peer to peer feedback within the rehearsal room. Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SURREY LEARN and also receive individual tutorials from staff to help in forming their learning experience.

  • Students receive regular verbal feedback both individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week.

  • Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure and as part of the ethos of training as an actor.

  • Lesson plans are structured to take account of and deliver for students with a specifc bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling

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 MUSICIANSHIP 1 :

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 2020/1 academic year.