Module Details

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Code MUSI395
Coordinator Dr RK Minton
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 30


The module aims to give students a final-year "capstone" experience in performance, with formative assessments throughout the year, and a summative assessment at the end of first semester, leading to a major performance event at the end of the second. Students will craft their performance techniques to a higher level and should be working towards a professional standard. In this way, the module aims to support students wishing to go on to related postgraduate courses (performance/directing) or otherwise launch into a life involving music performance of whatever variety.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Ability to undertake a public performance in the medium of choice with confidence and credit

(LO2) Ability to apply research and technical development to performance.

(LO3) Professional orientation including production of promotional materials.

(LO4) Understanding of contexts and frameworks of performance and rehearsal as appropriate to the specialism

(S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations.

(S2) Positive attitude/self-confidence. A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen.

(S3) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (ie leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

(S4) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.



Module content will depend partly on the student's specialism and also on the combination of students in the group. One-to-one lessons will be with a specialist tutor in the relevant area. Large group sessions may cover topics such as ensemble communication, stagecraft, writing programme notes, reflective development, analysis for performance and rehearsal strategies and techniques, and may also involve peer-review of performance. Students will also develop promotional materials that form the basis of a press package or portfolio, as well as writing biography and programme notes to accompany their recital.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method: Large group learning/structured online activities
Description: Weekly sessions throughout the year
Attendance recorded: Yes
Notes: Workshop sessions give students an opportunity to try out what they have been practising. Student will share own performances with the rest of the year group for peer review and feedback.

The majority of teaching will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on-campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.

Teaching method: Practical
Description: One-to-one instrumental teaching with a relevant specialist tutor
Attendance recorded: No
Notes: Students arrange their lessons with mutual agreement from their allocated tutor.

Self-directed learning: Private practice, rehearsals with others, concert attendance/study of texts (recordings, documents, scores_ appropriate to instrument and programme, developing programme note-wri ting skills, preparation for assessments.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           15


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 237


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment ID: Assessment 1 assessed performance presentation. Assessment Description: Mid-year audit Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for late submission: Standard UoL penalty Anonymous as  10    20       
Assessment ID: Assessment 3 Assessment Description: Portfolio/press package (four items) including biography and programme notes. Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for late submission: Standa    30       
Assessment ID: Assessment 2 - Assessment Description: Final Performance with written programme notes Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for late submission: Standard UoL penalty Anonymous asse  30    50       

Recommended Texts

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