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MUSI3012 Ensemble Performance II

Module Overview

Students prepare two programmes, lasting 20 to 25 minutes, of instrumental, vocal, or mixed-ensemble music of their own choice, which is coached regularly by members of staff. Entry to this course, which extends over a year, is subject to approval of the work(s) to be studied.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Prepare you to perform proficiently as an ensemble. ? Improve your technical and musical abilities as a group. ? Increase your awareness and skills of performing in various environments.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Technical problems and solutions on chosen instrument as they relate to the ensemble.
  • Individual practice techniques.
  • Ensemble practice technique.
  • Stage presentation and audience communication.
  • Repertoire of chosen ensemble.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to be self critical musically and technically.
  • Ability to be critical of your ensemble members in a productive way.
  • Ability to organise your rehearsal time efficiently.
  • Ability to work and perform independently.
  • Ability to work and perform with others.
  • Ability to listen more intently and critically while you are playing.
  • Ability to listen more effectively to what others in your group are saying.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Greater musical control of your instrument (including dynamic range, colour range, shape and structure, and phrasing).
  • Greater technical control of your instrument (facility, pitch range, flexibility, tone control, muscular coordination)
  • More experience being on stage.
  • Greater awareness of how your instrument fits in to the ensemble and the various roles it can play (accompaniment vs. soloist).
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to apply ensemble practice techniques to new repertoire.
  • Structure rehearsal sessions effectively.
  • Self-evaluate in practice and rehearsal to continue to improve.
  • Argue for or against a musical or stylistic approach to a piece in your repertoire in a professional manner.

Syllabus

This module is designed for musicians to further advance their technical, musical, and listening skills on their chosen instrument by applying it to a chamber music context. Your ensemble will meet with your instructor for coaching sessions and be required to learn repertoire appropriate to your level and year. You will develop your practice and rehearsal skills. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend and perform in lunchtime concerts and engage in relevant performance projects and workshops run by visiting musicians, faculty, and your Head of Study. You will be required to give two assessed ensemble performances, one at the end of each semester.

Special Features

This module allows students a good amount of small group tuition with an expert in their field whilst giving performance opportunities in closed and public settings (often with involvement from professional musicians). In addition, the lunchtime concert series and various projects involving professional musicians give exposure to a variety of viewpoints, genres, and ideas in addition to those of the regular faculty. The ensemble will have the opportunity to perform in a lunchtime concert and receive informal feedback from the faculty.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will meet with your ensemble at regularly in addition to regular coaching sessions with your instructor. You will be given the opportunity to perform in classes/workshops run by Heads of Studies, department performance projects (often resulting in public performance), as well as the opportunity to take part in workshops and masterclasses with visiting performers and the lunchtime concert series. You will also learn while listening and observing lunchtime concerts.

TypeHours
Independent Study138
Teaching12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Naxos Music Library.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

If you have not achieved the prerequisite mark to be accepted on this module, you must seek the approval of your Head of Studies. If you opt to take this module against the advice of the Head of Studies, a formal log documenting your decision will be recorded on your student file. Informally you will receive feedback from peers and faculty on your lunchtime concert performances, in-class performances, and in your coaching sessions. You will be assessed formally in your coaching sessions and in your two performance exams.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (25 minutes) 70%
Coaching 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
MUSI2011Ensemble Performance 1
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