Module code: MUSM039

Module Overview

You will be required to attend rehearsals and concerts as agreed with the Head of Performance, and will be expected to play a full part in the musical life of the Department. 

In addition to your assessed performance you will be required to perform a significant solo or small ensemble item in a major Department concert (eg Wednesday lunchtime concert) on an unassessed basis. 

The assessment will take place in a public concert.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MCGRATH John (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 17

Independent Learning Hours: 105

Tutorial Hours: 1

Practical/Performance Hours: 10

Captured Content: 17

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A high level of instrumental/vocal skill and experience in performance as demonstrated in audition.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Individual practice, participation in rehearsals and concerts (both as a solo and ensemble player)

  • Reflection on and study of issues relating to performance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment 15-MINUTE RECITAL 80

Alternative Assessment

15-minute recital replaced with written essay of 2500 words.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the development of technical, interpretative and performance skills towards a professional standard and to enable them to undertake informed reflection on aspects of performance.  

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A 15-minute solo recital on their main instrument given in public

  • A 1000 word account (reflective or critical in nature) on a topic arising from their performance activity during the semester

Formative assessment

  • Lunchtime concerts

  • Evening concerts with Departmental ensembles and student ensembles


  • From relevant performance staff after concerts

  • From instrumental tutors

  • Detailed written feedback is given after the formative assessment detailing strengths and areas for improvement.

Module aims

  • To enable you to develop you skills as a performer, technically and musically.
  • To develop your self-confidence and assurance in presenting musical performances in front of an audience.
  • To develop skills in the learning of unfamiliar repertoire, and you will be strongly encouraged to develop your repertoire interests beyond the conventional.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a full and secure range of technical and interpretational skills appropriate to the repertoire K
2 Develop new skills and techniques where necessary in the preparation of repertoire, demonstrating effective and analytical learning techniques C
3 Apply such new skills in repertoire not actually studied without guidance. P
4 Display a communicative and authoritative sense of performance with ease, fluency, control, musical awareness and accuracy K
5 Understand and make appropriate use of all research resources in the preparation of repertoire CT
6 Participate in informed discussion about a range of performance issues, with a wide knowledge and in-depth understanding of the range of repertoire available to you. C

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:

  • extend and refine your technical and interpretative skills LO1-3

  • introduce you to new repertoire LO3

  • broaden your knowledge of repertoire LO3

  • enrich your performance skills LO4

  • offer guidance in the preparation of repertoire LO5

  • inform and stimulate discussion and debate LO6

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Individual tuition

  • Individual practice

  • Concerts (both as audience and as participant)

  • Rehearsals (both with and without a conductor)

  • Coaching in small groups

  • Performance seminars

  • Performance practice

  • Private listening

  • 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 MMus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.