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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)

Module MUSI40390: Performance Recital

Department: Music

MUSI40390: Performance Recital

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 90 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap None.


  • None.


  • Issues in Performance Practice.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To increase the understanding of a chosen genre or repertoire by means of independent investigation.
  • To develop skills in analysis, assessing, interpreting and communicating the musical content and context.
  • To improve practical skills required to attain the above objectives in performance.


  • Practical training in workshops to increase the ability to assess one's own performance in public and to improve it within limited time and resources, progressively habituating the student to a professional-style working environment and accustoming him/her to professional good practice.
  • Performance Discussions: to ensure clearly articulated musical as well as verbal communication of ideas and develop the ability to link theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this programme, a typical student should be able to:
  • (a) Bring a variety of analytical skills to bear in formulating interpretations of musical works.
  • (b) Utilise his/her knowledge of theoretical methodologies to analyse broader interpretative issues arising in performance.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • (c) Convey, orally and in writing, a logical explanation of interpretative strategies required in the preparation for performance.
  • (d) Demonstrate a coherent knowledge of musicological scholarship pertinent to the interpretation and performance of musical works.
Key Skills:
  • (e) Refine his/her technique of executive and physical stamina.
  • (f) Develop a keener sense of stylistic awareness.
  • (g) Arrive at coherent and sensitive interpretation of musical works which are informed by current scholarship.
  • (h) Communicate these interpretations effectively to an audience in performance.
  • (i) Show initiative in learning to find sources of information.
  • (j) Display the abilities to assess her/his own performance and provide constructive criticism.
  • (k) Demonstrate the ability to deploy problem-solving skills in music-making.

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

  • The student will work in conjuction with his or her specialist teacher in developing a programme of study leading to the performance of two 40-minutes recitals in the public domain (see Learning Outcomes f-l). As in the music profession the majority of work will be as the result on independent study – instrument/voice practice. One-to-one tutorials with the module leader are held regularly to aid the assimilation of subject specific knowledge and skills in particular (a-e). Seminars are student-led (with peer feedback and group discussion) and there will be participation in practical performance workshops (masterclasses) led by visiting performers (a-c, e-k).

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Tutorials 20 8/8/4 1 hour 20
Seminars 10 Fortnightly 1 hour 10
Instrumental lessons 10 Distributed across the 3 terms 1 hour 10
Preparation and Reading 860

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 10%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay (commentary for the recital) 1,500 to 2,000.00 words 100%
Component: Public Recital Component Weighting: 90%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Public Recital (including programme notes and viva voce exam) 80 minutes of music to be prepared in totoal 100%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback on performance in supervisions, workshops. Formative tasks, including programme construction 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