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BA Music and Drama / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:

Unit code MUSC30600
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Music
Available as a free choice unit? No


Practical component: students follow an individually tailored programme of study designed to enhance their technical and musical skills as solo performers.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Solo Performance II MUSC20600 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


- To extend to a high standard the technical and interpretative skills in musical performance developed in MUSC 20600 Solo Performance II, within an increasingly self-directed environment, such that the student will have a secure foundation for further development, if appropriate.

Learning outcomes

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


Repertoire to be chosen in consultation with instrumental or vocal teacher. Recital programme (<30 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 or Musc 20600 recital). Recitals take place in late-May / early June.

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

Demonstrate through performance a highly developed understanding of how music works and the contexts in which it is performed.

Intellectual skills

Show a well-developed ability to analyse and interpret musical materials, together with a critical awareness of the contexts of and problems associated with these processes.

Practical skills

Demonstrate increasingly advanced technical skills on one instrument or voice, with sensitive artistry and musicianship, strong projection and personal expression.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • 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
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.

Assessment methods

Performance 100% 30 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

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

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

Godlovitch, Stanley, Musical Performance: A Philosophical Study (London and New York, 2003)

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

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

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 40
Independent study hours
Independent study 360

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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