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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module MUSI53830: Issues in Performance Practice

Department: Music

MUSI53830: Issues in Performance Practice

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • Recital (module), for MA pathway in Performance


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To increase awareness of the relevance between theory and practice, and to develop individual approaches towards more creative performance.


  • Historical performance practice : To investigate historically-informed performance practices with particular reference to music of 17th and 18th centuries (3 lectures).
  • Editing: Study of source material in music, to introduce editing skills (2 lectures)
  • Cultural theories: To introduce theories relevant to all performing and other arts in different periods (2 lectures).
  • Music analysis: Overview of different applications of music analysis: to increase understanding of a musical work, with an emphasis on the understanding and use of a range of analytical techniques in the context of creative interpretation (3 lectures).

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

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

        • Discussion of chosen topics, through seminars and tutorials.

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Lectures 10 Fortnightly 1 hour 10
        Tutorials 14 6/6/2 1 hour 14
        Seminars 10 Fortnightly 1 hour 10
        Preparation and Reading 266
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 3000 words 50%
        Essay 3000 words 50%

        Formative Assessment:

        Weekly exercises

        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