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MUSI1023 First Year Ensemble Performance (for Music Minor and non-Music students)

Module Overview

Ensemble performance is a crucial skill in any musician's portfolio, in addition to being one of the most rewarding aspects of musical life. In this module you will prepare a 15-20 minute programme of instrumental, vocal or mixed ensemble music of your own choice, which is coached regularly by specialist members of staff.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • stage presentation and audience communication.
  • effective programming of the repertoire for your chosen ensemble.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be self critical musically and technically.
  • be critical of your ensemble members in a productive way.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • organise your time efficiently.
  • work and perform independently.
  • work and perform with others.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate awareness of how your instrument or voice fits in to an ensemble.
  • demonstrate musical control of your instrument within an ensemble.
  • demonstrate technical control of your instrument within an ensemble.


This module is designed for musicians to develop their technical, musical, and listening skills on their chosen instrument by applying it to ensemble performance. Your ensemble will meet with your instructor for coaching sessions and be required to learn repertoire appropriate to your level and year.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will have the opportunity to attend and perform in lunchtime concerts and engage in relevant performance projects and workshops run by visiting musicians, members of the department and Heads of Performance. You will be required to give one assessed ensemble performance at the end of the semester.

Independent Study138
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Naxos Music Library.



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (20 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (20 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (20 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Very few Music lecturers insist that students purchase specific set texts. Copies of set texts are made available in Hartley Library, if necessary in the reference-only "course collection" or on short-term loan. Students may wish to own copies of recommended books but are free to choose which to buy and which to borrow. Some lecturers prepare course handbooks for the modules they are teaching. These are generally made available free of charge to students taking the modules.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Where possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. Current printing and copying costs can be found here. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Printing for Students The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.


You will be expected to provide your own day-today stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.)


Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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