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MUSI1027 Performance in Practice B

Module Overview

This module allows you to develop your music performance skills to a new level. A combination of individual tuition in your chosen performance specialism* (12 hours of lessons) and a variety of workshop and public performance opportunities provide you with the chance to study new repertoire, improve your technical skills and add to your performance experience. Interacting with concerts and events also gives you the opportunity to see professional musicians in performance. *You elect the performance specialism you wish to be assessed; alongside instruments and singing, you can be assessed in electronic performance too. If you wish, you may wish to take two performance specialisms– e.g. flute and vocals – your individual tuition will be split equally across each specialism.

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 of your chosen instrument (or voice).
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Display an informed musical understanding of your chosen repertoire
  • Structure practice sessions effectively.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be self-critical musically and technically.
  • Organise your time efficiently.
  • Work and perform independently
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Exert greater technical control over your instrument or voice
  • Perform from notation or by ear, at short notice


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, members of the department and Heads of Performance. You will be required to complete three assessments: - a practical performance examination 10 minutes in length - a practical sight-reading or playing by ear performance examination (which includes a preparation period)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

We are aiming to deliver a significant amount of your teaching face to face, blended with online learning, unless circumstances dictate otherwise. In which case the delivery could comprise an increased element of online learning, or move to entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable Teaching will be delivered in lessons with specialist teachers and workshop sessions. Where possible, you will be given the opportunity to participate in classes/workshops and department performance projects (often resulting in public performance), as well as the opportunity to take part in workshops and masterclasses with visiting performers. Where possible, you will also learn while listening and observing lunchtime concerts and while rehearsing with accompanists (if appropriate for your programme).

Completion of assessment task38
Preparation for scheduled sessions80
Wider reading or practice20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Naxos Music Library .


Assessment Strategy

You will receive verbal feedback during each lesson. 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.


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (8 minutes) 85%
Pre-released exam (released 24 hours in adavance) 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 85%
Pre-released exam (released 24 hours in adavance) 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 85%
Pre-released exam (released 24 hours in adavance) 15%
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