Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Music


Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap None.


  • None.


  • Recital (60 UCUs) or Recital (90 UCUs)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Issues in Performance Practice


  • This level 4 module provides advanced, auxiliary training in practical music-making for students who take the level 4 double- or triple-weight Recital module, including advanced instrument lessons, ensemble performance, performance event organisation and participation, as well as subjects such as programming, stylistic issues, current topics concerning performance practice and presentation.


  • This module develops useful skills to enrich students' overall musicianship to complement the studies undertaken as part of the Recital module, including advanced instrumental lessons; ensemble performance; performance event organisation and participation; as well as subjects such as programming, stylistic issues, current topics concerning performance practice and presentation.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will learn constituent elements involved in organising, administrating and production of performance events.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will acquire practical skills in order to deliver a successful performance event, including performance technique, aural skills, and management, administrative, organisational and production skills.
Key Skills:
  • Students will learn to develop the capability to realise successful performance events.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module is tutorial-based. This is supported by periodical performance workshops (seminars) and individual instrumental tuition (as appropriate). Students will receive verbal and/or written feedback from the tutor. In addition, peer-assessment is a significant mode of teaching, learning and assessment in this module.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Tutorials 11 fortnightly 1.5 hours 16.5
Seminars 11 fortnightly 1.5 hours 16.5
Student preparation time 267

Summative Assessment

Component: Practical exam Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
practical exam 20-30 mins 100% yes
Component: Written assignment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
written assignment 2000 words 100% yes

Formative Assessment:

Written and performance assignments on specific repertoires or issues in performance; the nature of performance-based studies involves a constant process of formative feedback through individual and group sessions.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University