Module code: MUS2050

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. Writing skills enabling you to produce persuasive reviews will be developed. The creative skills you learn will also contribute to your learning in other modules and the reviewing skills will broaden your knowledge of repertoire.

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

Independent Learning Hours: 127

Lecture Hours: 2

Seminar Hours: 15

Practical/Performance Hours: 6

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: none Co-requisite: none Students wishing to take this module without taking MUS2049 Performance 2A and who intend taking conducting options in level 6 Performance modules 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

  • 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

  • reviewing musical events put on by the Department

  • basic conducting techniques and skills 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment CONDUCTING ASSIGNMENT 10

Alternative Assessment

Conducting Skills assessment replaced with written coursework of 1000 words; individual components of the Online Folio replaced with written coursework up to 2000 words in total (for the whole folio)

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 (LO8)

  • 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, 7)

  • an ability to use musical technical and descriptive language in the process of making persuasive judgements (LO7)

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 10-12 minutes (LO1T3, 5) with the option of submitting a 300 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 (LO8) 

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

  • event management duties (LO6)

  • an online portfolio of reviews, management and ensemble reports 2000 words in total (LO4, 6-7)

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 

  • formative assessment point for online folio midway through semester

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) communication 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
  • review musical events attended using appropriate technical and descriptive language

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Employ an ever-increasing range of technical/musical skills appropriate to their repertoire and suitable as a foundation for further study C
002 Identify a significant number of their own practice and rehearsal techniques, including in time management and apply them appropriately and effectively CPT
003 Learn repertoire with even less input from a tutor, demonstrating a wider knowledge of repertoire for your own instrument/voice and a more comprehensive understanding of the range and suitability of interpretative choices KCPT
004 Show greater awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant P
005 Show growing self-assurance and confidence in front of a small audience PT
006 Effectively leading small teams of students in managing events T
008 Conduct small ensembles in small repertoire P
007 Effectively combine technical and descriptive language to persuasively review musical events attended KPT

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

  • develop and consolidate your ability to write technically and descriptively about music performance

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

  • private listening related to your instrumental studies

  • conducting concerts

  • class session on writing reviews (criticism)

  • 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
Music BMus (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
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Creative Music Technology 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 2022/3 academic year.