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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
Pre-requisites

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

Co-requisites

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

School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

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)

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