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MUSI6039 Performance Practice and Reflection

Module Overview

This module introduces the student to practical as well as reflective aspects of performance teaching. One-to-one instrumental teaching and workshops are tailored specifically to enhance the students' understanding of techniques, repertory and styles of their chosen musical instrument with a view of transferring this knowledge to others in a professional context.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Understand techniques, styles and methods of one-to-one performance teaching.
  • Expand your knowledge of your chosen instrument with a view to transferring that knowledge to others
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop your teaching styles, techniques and methods through research and observation
  • reflect on teaching styles, techniques and methods
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • refine your observation skills and be able to comment constructively on others' work
  • present your findings and experience to an audience in a formal situation
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Practice your observation and teaching techniques
  • Refine your performance technique on your chosen instrument


One-to-one tutorials on Music teaching techniques, styles and methods discussion of literature associated with Music education Observation of workshops by professional musicians and teachers on a variety of teaching methods in a range of genres and styles to help you develop your teaching style, techniques and methods

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Tutorials Workshops Individual study Instrumental teaching

Practical classes and workshops12
Independent Study276
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Gordon Cox, Robin Stevens eds. (2010). The Origins and Foundations of Music Education: Cross-Cultural Historical Studies of Music in Compulsory Schooling. 

Fautley, Martin (2010). Assessment in Music Education. 

John Finney, ‎Felicity Laurence (2013). MasterClass in Music Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning. 

Swanwick, Keith (1988). Music, Mind and Education. 


Assessment Strategy

You will deliver a 20min lecture presentation focusing on performance techniques and demonstrating how you refined your technique. You will also submit a portfolio of your observations.


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 40%
Presentation  (20 minutes) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (20 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 40%
Presentation  (20 minutes) 60%

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:

Paying for a Music accompanist

Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students are responsible for covering the costs incurred for printing and photocopying materials. The current cost for student printing can be found by following this link


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.

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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