MU6003 - Recital 2

What will I learn on this module?

This module is focused on your individual, one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition. You will develop your technique to an advanced level while developing professional skills in performing music which will enable you to communicate effectively with an audience in a recital open to the general public. Seminars will provide an opportunity to perform in front of your peers, and you will focus on how to structure a recital programme and how to write effective programme notes. You will continue to engage critically with musical performance through attendance at concerts, recitals and open rehearsals.

How will I learn on this module?

You will receive weekly one-to-one tuition from a specialist in your instrument or voice in which you will develop the technical, artistic, aesthetic and expressive skills needed for the communication of a coherent recital programme to an audience of the general public. This will be supported by weekly seminars which provide a forum in which you perform to your peers, and support them in turn through feedback on their performances. Building on your experience in Recital 1, you will engage in research and writing for non-specialist audiences. You will attend concerts, recitals and open rehearsals to experience a variety of music, with a particular focus on programming.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Module Tutor acts as Student Performance Coordinator for all performance modules, and will offer guidance and support in your performance studies throughout the degree.

Your instrumental/vocal tutor will provide expert advice on repertoire development and technique, and will encourage you to think about a stylistic approach to the interpretation of the music you will be performing, as well as helping you develop your recital programming. The teaching will be centred on your development as a performer.

Music staff contributing to the seminars will offer guidance on researching a programme, and how to communicate effectively in writing to a non-specialist audience. Music staff are accessible within publicised office hours and via email.

Your peers will provide you will a collaborative learning environment, providing support, encouragement and feedback on your playing or singing in the context of the seminars.

Your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the resources available on the eLearning Portal.

Formative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar activities.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will demonstrate knowledge of repertoire for your instrument/voice, an understanding of how to construct an effective recital programme, and how to communicate to differing audiences through the written word.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will develop advanced the artistic, technical, aesthetic and expressive skills necessary to communicate music convincingly to an audience of the general public at a high level of attainment, demonstrating an ability to explore creative links between scholarly research, analytical reflection, and processes of performing.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• You will demonstrate a professionalism that embraces the ethical issues surrounding performing such as contractual obligations and commitment, respecting others, and copyright.
• You will demonstrate the self-motivation to acquire new skills and consolidate existing ones through regular practice, and a willingness to monitor and assess progress in a spirit of self-critical awareness, responding positively to the feedback and criticism of others while maintaining confidence in your own ability.
• You will develop a capacity for leadership and an ability to work within teams in music, developing skills which are transferable to other contexts.

How will I be assessed?

1. FORMATIVE: there are regular in-class opportunities to perform and with formative feeback from both staff and fellow students.

2. In-course written work: 30%. This will comprise two parts: a) You will produce an in-depth study on an aspect of one of the pieces you will be performing intended for a specialist audience. This can be analytical, focus on performance practice, or take a more historical approach; b) You will write and typeset a programme intended for the general public at your recital. MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4. Feedback will be in the form of annotations to your work and a short report.

3. Public Recital: 70%. At the end of the module, there will be a performance examination where you will play or sing a programme of your choice lasting no longer than 25 minutes. MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Feedback will provided in an examiners’ report.


MU5004 Recital 1



Module abstract

You will devise a recital programme lasting 25 minutes, and work individually with your instrumental/vocal tutor in delivering it at the end of the year to a public audience. Seminars will give you practice in perofrming in fron to fyour peers, who will provide critical feedback in a mutually supportive environment. You will further develop skills in writing about your programme for both specialist and non-specialist audiences, as well as reflecting on the craft of performance based on observing concerts and recitals.

Course info

UCAS Code W320

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022 or September 2023

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