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MUSI2011 Ensemble Performance 1

Module Overview

In this module 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

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.


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.

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.

Independent Study138
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Naxos Music Library.



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

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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