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Unit information: Performance in 2018/19

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Unit name Performance
Unit code MUSI30066
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Scott
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

MUSI20058

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit is for suitably-qualified students who wish to offer performance as an element within their final-year study. Through a variety of teaching contexts, including individual instrumental or vocal lessons, performance seminars, workshops, and masterclasses, it aims to develop technical and interpretive abilities to a high level, sufficient to carry off a public solo recital. With respect to solo performance, challenging repertoire will be examined alongside appropriate stylistic considerations for its presentation (including an awareness of historically-informed styles of performance).

Aims:

This unit is aimed at suitably-qualified students who wish to offer performance as a minor element (20CP) of their Level H programme of study. Through a variety of teaching contexts, including individual instrumental or vocal lessons, performance seminars and workshops, and masterclasses, this unit aims to develop technical and interpretive abilities to a high level, sufficient to carry off a half-hour public solo recital. With respect to solo performance, challenging repertoire will be examined alongside appropriate stylistic considerations for its presentation (including an awareness of historically-informed styles of performance); careful attention will be given to programme building (in individual lessons, primarily, but supplemented by detailed discussion in performance seminars within the department). In the performance seminars, there will be frequent opportunities for informal performance before the rest of the group in which constructive feedback from the tutor and other students will be received. The seminars offer an important opportunity for defending interpretive approaches, offering and reacting to criticism, experimenting with alternative solutions and self-reflection. Occasional masterclasses given by visiting professional performers will enhance the learning experience.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable the student to:

  1. develop and display technical fluency and interpretive insight beyond the level attained in Level I Practical Studies
  2. prepare and present a 20-minute solo public recital with confidence
  3. identify and develop strategies for improvement of technical weaknesses
  4. extend knowledge of repertoire and associated technical/ musical requirements
  5. refine interpretive insight and its application to a high level
  6. discuss, and where necessary apply, historically-informed performance styles
  7. perform effectively in an ensemble context (in the composition workshops)
  8. Discuss notational and performance issues with composers (in the composition workshops)
  9. react to constructive criticism
  10. address personal development self-critically

Teaching details

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

44 hours of participation in departmentally-run choirs or ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, or Choral Society).

22 hours of attending concerts within the department's concert series

Assessment Details

A workshop performance of student ensemble compositions examined at the end of semester 1 (for credit only)

A solo recital (20 mins) examined at the end of semester 2 (100%)

Learning outcomes 1 to 6 will be demonstrated through the solo recital. Outcomes 7 to 10 are demonstrated in composers workshop.

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)
  • J.Rink (ed.), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (Cambridge, 2003)

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