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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module MUSI3672 : Performance 3: Public Performance Project (double)

Department: Music

MUSI3672 : Performance 3: Public Performance Project (double)

Type Tied Level 3 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to QRV0
Tied to QRVA
Tied to LA02
Tied to LA02
Tied to W300


  • MUSI2711 Performance 2: Practice as Research, or in exceptional cases, MUSI1241 Performance 1: Listening and Performing and passing an audition in Easter term to the satisfaction of the module leader.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • MUSI3621 Performance 3 (single): Recorded Performance Project


  • To develop a multi-faceted approach towards the production of a public performance event, incorporating an appropriate variety of both musicological and practical skills, building upon the foundation gained in the Level 1 and 2 modules in performance.
  • To employ practical and intellectual skills appropriately and effectively in the preparation and delivery of performance. These skills include an ability to communicate music with technical competence, knowledge and understanding of the repertoire and history of the chosen instrument.


  • This module offers opportunities to develop a public performance project that showcases not only practical performance skills but also a wide range of knowledge and understanding borne out of a university education in Music. Each student will choose an individual project where s/he presents a performance on her/his chosen instrument. The content of the project will be decided in consultation with a tutor and must be approved by the module leader. The module is based on independent study using knowledge and skills taught at Level 2, and supported by regular individual/group tutorials. Individual instrumental tuition forms essential part of the learning. The public recital will be supplemented by written programme notes, and a 2000 word essay, contextualising the chosen programme providing an opportunity to engage with the project from an academic perspective, enabling students to gain a multidimensional understanding for the chosen subject matter.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will gain practical and critical understanding of how to prepare for and what is involved in a successful production of a public performance. Through work on recital performance with an accompanist students develop both presentation and team-working skills.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will enhance their ability to demonstrate competence in the practice of interpreting and executing musical ideas in a public arena
  • Students will gain an understanding of the chosen repertoire, an ability to organize appropriate ideas and present the results through performance in a coherent and communicable form.
  • Students will gain an advanced measure of personal expression and creativity in practical music-making.
  • Students will gain the ability to work with other musicians where required.
  • Students will gain presentation skills.
Key Skills:
  • The ability to communicate
  • The ability to think through sound and articulate ideas in performance
  • The ability to work as a team
  • The ability to work towards a single event and deliver it at the appropriate time

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

  • Tutorials 3/3/1 hours per Term 1/2/3
  • Performance seminars in Terms 1, 2 and 3
  • Individual lessons throughout the year

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Individual Tutorials 14 6/6/2 30 minutes 7
Seminars 13 5/5/3 1 hour 13
Mock Exam 1 1 hours 1
Individual lessons 20 divided over terms 1, 2 and 3 1 hour 20
Preparation and Reading 359

Summative Assessment

Component: Public Performance Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Public Performance of an approved programme of 30-40 minutes duration, with written programme notes, and a 2000-word essay, contextualising the chosen programme from a performance-based angle 40 minutes 100% No

Formative Assessment:

• Project planning exercises in Term 1. This includes guided preparation for the essay assignment. • Peer and tutor performance assessment in Terms 1 and 2

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