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Unit information: Solo Performance in 2020/21

Unit name Solo Performance
Unit code MUSIM0049
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Scott
Open unit status Not open

High skill level in musical performance, evidenced in the student’s undergraduate studies.


NB this unit is not available to MA in Music (performance pathway) students

School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit is for suitably-qualified students who wish to offer solo performance as an element within their MA studies, although they are not on the MA in Music (performance pathway). Through a variety of teaching contexts, including individual instrumental or vocal lessons, it aims to develop technical and interpretive abilities to a high level, sufficient to carry off a public solo recital at MA level. Challenging repertoire will be examined alongside appropriate stylistic considerations for its presentation (including an awareness of historically-informed styles of performance).

Intended learning outcomes

On successfully completing this unit, a student will demonstrate their ability to:

1. Develop and display technical fluency and interpretative insight beyond the level attained at final year undergraduate level
2. prepare and present a 25 minute public recital with confidence and professionalism
3. Perform collaboratively with an accompanist or duet partner at a high level

Teaching details

Weekly departmental concerts, demonstrating good practice to the students.

Participation in departmentally-run choirs or ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, or Choral Society)

One-to-one lessons over the year (24 weeks) with an approved instrumental or vocal teacher

Assessment Details

Assessed 25 minute public recital, including an accompanist or (for a portion of the recital) a duet partner or (for jazz musicians) a band. ILOs 1-3; 100%

Reading and References

Cook, Nicholas, Beyond the Score: Music as Performance (Oxford: OUP, 2013)

Evans, R. W.: Key concepts in musical performance: practice, performance, interpretation (2000)

Kivy, Peter, Authenticities: philosophical reflections on musical performance (Ithaca, N.Y., and London: Cornell University Press, 1995)

Le Huray, P., Authenticity in Performance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Rink, John, ed., The Practice of Performance: Studies in Musical Interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Tovey, Donald, Essays in Musical Analysis (London; New York; Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1935-39)