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Unit information: Performance in 2020/21

Unit name Performance
Unit code MUSI20058
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Scott
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit fosters the development of skills acquired at Level C. Students will give two recitals, one at the end of each teaching block, as detailed below. Teaching is delivered principally through one to one instrumental or vocal lessons, supplemented by performance seminars and workshops.


Through a variety of teaching contexts, including individual instrumental or vocal lessons, performance seminars and workshops, and masterclasses, this unit aims to deepen the student's appreciation of technique and its musical application in solo and ensemble performance. With respect to solo performance, repertoire will be broadened; stylistic awareness (including an awareness of historically-informed styles of performance) will be extended; programme planning and recital presentation will be refined. The skill of co-operation with other musicians in an ensemble context will be introduced in this unit. Occasional masterclasses and ensemble coaching sessions given by visiting professional performers will enhance the learning experience. The unit also aims to encourage critical self-reflection on personal development as a performer through the compilation of a detailed log book.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to:

  1. perform technically competent recitals on their principal instrument or voice, displaying, where appropriate, effective communication with the accompanist or ensemble in performance
  2. apply recommended principles of repertoire selection and programme planning
  3. develop and display a confident attitude towards presentational aspects of their recital
  4. master the most fruitful techniques of individual practice
  5. respond thoughtfully to constructive criticism of their playing (in workshops and lessons)

Teaching details

One-to-one lessons with an approved instrumental or vocal teacher.

Assessment Details

A solo recital (c. 20 mins) examined at the end of semester 2 (100%) (ILOs 1-5) which may be given live or recoredd and uploaded online

Reading and References

  • Brendel, A., Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts (London, 1980)
  • Dunsby, J., Performing Music: Shared Concerns (London, 1993)
  • Le Huray, P., Authenticity in Performance (Cambridge, 1990)
  • Rink, J. (ed.), The Practice of Performance: Studies in Musical Interpretation (Cambridge, 1995)
  • Stowell, R. (ed.), Performing Beethoven (Cambridge, 1994)
  • Rink, J. (ed.), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (Cambridge, 2003)