MU3002 - Performance

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is focused on your individual, one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition. Working with a specialist on your instrument/voice, you will consolidate your technique while developing skills in performing music which will enable you to communicate effectively with an audience. The course will cover areas such as effective practising, dealing with performance anxiety, the importance of good posture both to music making and your health. You will expand your repertoire, and 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 your technical capability, expand your repertoire develop as a performer. This will be supported by fortnightly seminars covering topics such as effective practising and managing performance anxiety. More importantly, seminars will provide a forum in which you will perform to your peers, and support them in turn through feedback on their performances. You will attend concerts, recitals and open rehearsals to experience a variety of music.

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 identifying the most suitable Instrumental or Vocal tutor for you, and for supporting you in your performance studies throughout your studies.

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.

Music staff contributing to the seminars will offer guidance on practising and performing. 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, and via a Tutor Report.

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:
1. You will widen your knowledge of repertoire for your instrument/voice.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will demonstrate a capacity for independent, self-motivated learning and time management through regular practice.
3. You will develop your technical skills as a performer, and exhibit the artistic and aesthetic skills to communicate with an audience of examiners

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will demonstrate a professionalism that embraces the ethical issues surrounding performing such as contractual obligations and commitment, respecting others, and copyright.

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 reflective work (diary, blog): 40%. You will reflect on your experience of practice; what you learn through attendance at concerts and open rehearsals and your experience of performing. You will also engage with a report on your progress to Christmas written by your instrumental/vocal tutor MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4
3. Performance Examination (closed, in front of two examiners): 60%. At the end of the module, there will be a performance examination where you will play or sing a short programme of your choice lasting no longer than ten minutes. As with all examinations, it need not involve everything that you have studied, and you will be expected to supply a list of additional repertoire that you have not included. MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4


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Module abstract

This module focuses on one-to-one performance tuition with a specialist on your instrument/voice during which you will consolidate your technique whilst expanding your repertoire and developing skills which will enable you to communicate effectively with your audience. This work is supported by fortnightly seminars covering topics such as effective practising and managing performance anxiety. You will gain experience in performing to your peers, and will reflect on performance through attendance at concerts, recitals and open rehearsals.

Course info

UCAS Code W310

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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