BA Music and Drama / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Solo Performance 1
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Description: Each student will undertake advanced study on their first instrument, up to public performance standard, with regular instruction from a specialist teacher and an individually tailored programme of study. Each student will attend rehearsals with an approved university ensemble or choir, thereby gaining insights into how works are prepared for public performance of a high standard. Practical studies are complemented by a block of lectures in the first half of the semester, designed to allow students to enhance their understanding of the benefits of an informed approach to performance.
This course unit is also available to incoming study abroad students as a semester one option (MUSC10601) and as a semester two option (MUSC10602). If you would like to take this option please contact the Music Administrator.
' To consolidate secure technical foundation within a developing self-directed environment, such that the student is prepared to proceed to MUSC 20600 Solo Performance II if appropriate;
- To develop interpretative and critical skills in core repertoire at an appropriate level;
- To reinforce performance skills through contextual study, which increases understanding of how music works in performance and the environments in which it is performed, thus highlighting the inherent interconnections between practice and theory of performance.
Repertoire to be chosen in consultation with instrumental or vocal teacher. Students prepare a mock recital in January, and an assessed recital in early May, each of which is 10 minutes.
Teaching and learning methods
Individual lessons with specialist tutor.
Opportunities for attendance at performance masterclasses and workshops
Lenagan Library listening resources, JRULM Naxos and Classics Online streaming.
Performance-theory component: lectures and tutorial.
Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate through performance a developing understanding of how music works and the contexts for which it is written.
Show an emerging ability to assess and discuss the relationship between practice and theory of performance.
Show through performance that they have begun to develop skills in analysing and interpreting musical materials related to performance, together with an emerging critical awareness of the contexts of and problems associated with these processes.
Demonstrate developing advanced technical skills on one instrument or voice, with evidence of increasingly sensitive artistry and musicianship, strong projection and developing personal expression
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Produce increasingly advanced performances with a disciplined approach to time management, self-motivation and critical self-awareness.
Demonstrate the confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively in small groups, showing skills relating to teamwork, negotiation, decision-making and leadership
- Analytical skills
- Surveying repertoire, analysing and showing understanding of the repertoire you are performing;
- Inventing a creative concept and putting it into motion, coming up with your own ideas, and not relying on your teacher to do the thinking for you;
- Being responsible for overseeing a creative product from inception through to final performance.
- Project management
- Developing effective and efficient practicing habits, setting and achieving goals, effective collaboration with other musicians as appropriate
- Self-awareness (knowing your strengths and skills and having the confidence to put these across through performance); Willingness to learn (being inquisitive about such issues as repertoire and performance practice, enthusiastic and open to new ideas, making decisions, assessing progress and making changes if necessary);
|Practical skills assessment||90%|
Written feedback will be provided within the SALC 15-day marking period for the performance-theory block of the course. Verbal feedback will be provided for practical component of the course throughout the academic year; written feedback for the performance will be provided at the end of Semester 1.
Bowen, José A., 'Finding the Music in Musicology: Performance History and Musical Works', in: Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist (eds.), Rethinking Music, Oxford, 1999
Butt, John, Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical Performance (Musical Performance and Reception), Cambridge, 2002
Grier, James, The Critical Editing of Music: History, Method, and Practice, Cambridge, 1996
Lawson, Colin and Robin Stowell, The Historical Performance of Music: An Introduction (Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music), Cambridge, 1999
Rink, John (ed.), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding, Cambridge, 2002
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|Alexander Gagatsis||Unit coordinator|
Numerous additional performance opportunities exist within MUMS concerts and ensembles.
The course is enhanced by the existence of numerous professional concerts within the dept (incl. Quatuor Danel concerts and Thursday lunchtime concerts) and performance workshops.