MUS-10035 - Instrumental Lessons
Coordinator: Karen Radcliffe
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 162
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Barred Combinations

Description for 2020/21

The purpose of this module is to hone performance skills and develop technique on an instrument or voice. Students are also given the chance to engage with new and more challenging repertoire. Students work one to one with their specialist instrumental or vocal teacher on a range of performance skills with the help of technical studies and essential scales and arpeggios. They will also work on appropriate repertoire pieces (normally drawn from the mainstream repertoire). The student should become familiar with the core repertoire of the instrument, and, in addition, should be introduced to examples drawn from more specialized areas (as appropriate).
This is a 15-credit module which runs throughout the year. The technical assessment, study + scales, will take place early in Semester 2 and the 12-15 minute recital performance at the end of Semester 2.
This module is a crucial, opening component in the performance pathway, which runs throughout the degree programme.

To hone performance skills and develop technique on an instrument or voice. To engage with new and more challenging repertoire. To work with a specialist instrumental or vocal teacher at a more advanced level.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate awareness and understanding of technique on their instrument or voice: 1,2
select and prepare a varied repertoire suitable to their instrument and ability: 1,2
show a critical engagement with the styles and interpretative practices of the repertoire they have chosen for their assessment: 1,2
illustrate stylistic sensitivity and understanding, including an awareness of historical performance styles: 1,2
develop knowledge of stagecraft, recital programme building and programme note creation through attendance and observation of professional performances: 1,2
demonstrate ability to produce a balanced programme in terms of styles which also reflects musical awareness, technical versatility and familiarity with the repertoire: 2

Study hours

12 hours of one-to-one specialist instrumental or vocal lessons.
118 hours of individual practice (minimum), including 20 hours of formative and summative rehearsal (with accompanist, where appropriate).
20 hours of listening and score reading (minimum)

School Rules

Grade 7 performance, or equivalent.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Performance weighted 20%
Technical Performance Assessment
5-minute performance of a 'study' plus scales/arpeggios (ABRSM Grade 7 or higher) or equivalent technical exercises for voice, rudiments for drum kit, half way through the module.

2: Performance weighted 80%
Summative performance
12-15 minute performance. This will feature a minimum of at least 2 stylistically contrasting works, 1 of which should be from the 20th century.