BA Music and Drama / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Solo Performance II

Unit code MUSC20600
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Music
Available as a free choice unit? No


Each student will learn a variety of works on their first instrument, up to 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.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Solo Performance 1 MUSC10600 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


To extend technical and interpretative skills in musical performance developed in MUSC 10600 Solo Performance I, within an increasingly self-directed environment, such that the student is equipped to proceed to MUSC 30600 Recital if appropriate and will have a secure foundation for further development.


Repertoire to be chosen in consultation with instrumental or vocal teacher. Recital programme (<20 mins) to be submitted to CUD by Friday week 7 of Spring Semester. Students may not perform repertoire on which they have been previously assessed (i.e. Musc 10600 May recital). Recitals take place in mid-May.

Teaching and learning methods

  •         Individual lessons with specialist tutor.
  •        Opportunities for attendance at performance masterclasses and workshops
  •      Concert attendance
  •       Lenagan Library listening resources, JRULM Naxos and Classics Online streaming.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased understanding of how music works and the contexts in which it is performed.
  • Display knowledge of a range of repertoire appropriate to their instrument or voice-type

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Show a developing ability to analyse and interpret musical materials, together with a critical awareness of the contexts of and problems associated with these processes.
  • Identify stylistic conventions in music across a range of genres, periods and geographies.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increasingly advanced technical skills on one instrument or voice;
  • Demonstrate growing maturity in interpretative and expressive skills, including sensitive artistry and musicianship, strong projection and imagination in musical performance;
  • Communicate confidently and effectively with an audience through musical performance;
  • Work constructively and co-operatively with other musicians in producing high standards of musical performance.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Produce high-quality 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

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Analytical Skills (surveying repertoire, analysing and showing understanding of the repertoire you are performing);
Initiative (inventing a creative concept and putting into motion, coming up with your own ideas, and not relying on your teacher to do the thinking for you);
Leadership skills (being responsible for overseeing a creative product from inception through to final performance).
Project management
Time 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);

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit


20 minutes



Feedback methods

  • Verbal feedback will be provided throughout the academic year by vocal/instrumental tutors; written feedback for the end-of-year recital will be provided at the end of Semester 2.

Recommended reading

Cook, Nicholas, ‘Music as Performance’, in The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction, ed. Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert and Richard Middleton (New York and London: Routledge, 2012), 204–14.

Davies, Stephen, Musical Works and Performances: a Philosophical Exploration (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Dunsby, Jonathan, Performing Music: Shared Concerns (Oxford: Clarendon, 1995).

Godlovitch, Stanley, Musical Performance: A Philosophical Study (London: Routledge, 1998).

Rink, John (ed.), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Rink, John (ed.), The Practice of Performance: Studies in Musical Interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 2
Project supervision 18
Independent study hours
Independent study 180

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alexander Gagatsis Unit coordinator

Additional notes

  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.

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