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Unit information: Performance in 2020/21

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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




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts


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

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, extending their knowledge of repertoire and associated technical/ musical requirements, including historically-informed performance styles (where relevant)

Teaching details

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

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

Attending concerts within the department's concert series.

NB: Contribution to composers' workshop for instrumentalists at the end of TB1 or to the final Choral Society rehearsals and concert for singers during TB2 are an integral part of the unit (and allow students to demonstrate the ILOs 3 and 4) and are a requirement to gain credit for the unit.

Assessment Details

A solo recital (20 mins) examined at the end of semester 2 (100%) (ILOs 1-2)

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)