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The University of Southampton

MUSI3140 Third Year Performance Tuition (for Music Minor and non-Music students)

Module Overview

This module allows you to expand your music performance skills to a high standard. A combination of individual tuition (8 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. It is normally expected that students should have achieved ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent and/or by agreement from a member of Faculty staff following audition.

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 instruments.
  • Individual practice techniques
  • Ensemble practice technique (with/as accompanists).
  • Stage presentation and audience communication.
  • Repertoire of chosen instruments.
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 instruments (including dynamic range, colour range, shape and structure, and phrasing).
  • Greater technical control of your instruments (facility, pitch range, flexibility, tone control, muscular coordination).
  • Greater understanding of performance in various contexts.
Cognitive 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, members of the department and Heads of Performance. You will be required to complete a practical performance examination 10-15 minutes in length.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be delivered in lessons with specialist teachers and workshop sessions. 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. Students 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.

Completion of assessment task45
Wider reading or practice20
Preparation for scheduled sessions77
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Information. Library contains many helpful resources for students on music modules. The students can access music manuscripts, historical anthologies, and recordings in the library. Recordings come both in the form of CDs and also online through the Naxos Music Library.


Assessment Strategy

You will be required to complete a practical performance examination 10-15 minutes in length.




MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (15 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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