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MUSI3011 Ensemble Performance I

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

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to:  - 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

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Transfer techniques learnt to a variety of different musical situations
  • Prepare a flexible rehearsal scheme which can be adapted to different groups
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work with singing groups of high or low standards efficiently and effectively
  • Form a group of singers and put on a concert with a band of 4 musicians
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Present a clear idea of the kind of Community Music activity that you can offer
  • Discuss how to harness the resources available in a variety of locations


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.

Independent Study138
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Naxos Music Library.


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.


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

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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