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MUSI1016 First Year Performance Tuition (single module)

Module Overview

This module allows you to develop your music performance skills to a new level. A combination of individual tuition (10 x 1hr lessons) and a variety workshop and public performance opportunities provide you with the chance to study new repertoire, improve your technical skills and add to your performance experience. Attending concerts and events also gives you the opportunity to see professional musicians in performance.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

ï‚· Prepare you to perform proficiently as a soloist or accompanist. ï‚· Improve your technical and musical abilities on your chosen instrument. ï‚· 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.
  • Individual practice techniques.
  • Ensemble practice technique (with accompanists/other performers).
  • Stage presentation and audience communication.
  • Repertoire of chosen instrument.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to be self-critical (musically and technically).
  • Ability to organise your time efficiently.
  • Ability to work and perform independently.
  • Ability to listen more intently and critically.
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).
  • Greater understanding of performance in various contexts.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to apply practice techniques to new repertoire.
  • Structure practice 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.


You will meet with your instructor individually and will be required to learn repertoire appropriate to your level and year, as well as technical materials provided by performance staff. You will attend lunchtime concerts and engage in relevant performance projects and workshops run by visiting musicians and faculty. At the end of the year you will be assessed in a performance exam.

Special Features

This module provides you with a significant amount of one-to-one tuition with an expert in their field whilst giving various 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. In addition to formal assessment feedback, informally you will receive feedback from peers and faculty on optional lunchtime concert performances, in-class performances, and in your lessons.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be delivered in lessons with specialist teachers and workshop sessions run by faculty members. You will be given the opportunity to perform in classes/workshops, department performance projects (often resulting in public performance), as well as the opportunity to take part in workshops and masterclasses with visiting performers. You will also learn while listening and observing lunchtime concerts and while rehearsing with accompanists (if appropriate for your programme). There will be a series of classes dealing with professional practice in performance, such as: practice habits, programming, programme notes and promotion/marketing.

Practical classes and workshops22
Wider reading or practice104
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Naxos Music Library.


Assessment Strategy

Students receive verbal feedback during each lesson and receive marks and commentary concerning technical progress and musical accomplishment. Feedback on the performance exam is given in writing by the examiners on an exam sheet providing a mark, detailed commentary on the performance itself, and points for improvement as appropriate.


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (10 minutes) 50%
Lesson 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 50%
Lesson 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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