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This course builds on MUSA 141 to provide students with further technical skills, musical knowledge and understanding through performance on an instrument or with voice. Students will gain further knowledge of the repertoire for their particular instrument and undertake a concert performance at the end of the semester. This course is only available to students in the Mus.B.
The course aims to develop technical skills, musical knowledge and understanding in an instrument or voice, through regular lessons, practice and rehearsals that lead to three (or more) public performances through the semester, one of which is an end-of-semester assessment concert. The course also develops knowledge of repertoire for the specific instrument or voice, as well as a working knowledge of chamber and ensemble music that includes it. To support the public performance skills expected of the student, attendance is required at a weekly Combined Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5–6:30pm); also required is attendance at a Performance Class related specifically to their instrument/voice; and the students are also expected to be available for at least four of the Friday lunchtime (1:10-2pm) concerts held in the Arts Centre Recital Room to perform and/or support (by listening to) their community of fellow students, performance staff and selected guests. This is the first course in a sequence that leads the student towards MUSA342, by which time the student will be expected to demonstrate a superior professional level of performance.
Students who pass this course will have developed:Technical performance skills in an instrument or voice;Music understanding through performance in an instrument or voice;A knowledge of repertoire for a specific instrument or voice;A body of repertoire for a specific instrument or voice;Public performing skills, including public speaking and engagement with one’s community.Transferable skills: Setting and achieving goals; time management; performance under pressure; persistence; self-motivation; connection to community.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Student workload (150 hours) reflects the intensity of this course, and is allocated:• 12 hours attending lessons• 18 – 36 hours attending Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30) / other performance classes and/or masterclasses• 4 – 12 hours attending and/or performing at UC Friday lunchtime concerts• 90 – 116 hours individual practice, rehearsals, final performanceAll workshops, lessons and other course-related activities are subject to what is advisable under COVID conditions.
Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student
The teacher’s grade will consider such things as: an assessment of punctuality and reliability in attending lessons, consistency of practice and learning through the semester, growth of the students’ technical mastery, and breadth of engagement with the repertoire. The teacher’s grade could also include assessments from one or more technical exams set during the semester; these would not be public performances.Participation in the Combined Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30), and any Performance Class specific to their instrument (if in addition) are an important support system to the learning environment provided by the teacher.The two (or more) performances through the semester ask the student to aspire to an artistic performance of solo – or small ensemble repertoire that features the student’s instrument or voice – with stage presence, interpretative insight, as well as the successful integration of a developing “technical” mastery. The end-of-semester performance will be of approximately 15-25 minutes duration, and will include at least two short recital pieces; these can include repeat performances of repertoire presented during the semester, and can include small ensemble repertoire as appropriate – the assessment will, like the other performances, take into account performance demeanor and presentation, interpretative insight, as well as the successful integration of developing “technical” mastery.If COVID conditions make public performances impossible, submission of a video performance will be possible: should it be necessary this will be facilitated through the School of Music
Domestic fee $892.00
International fee $4,313.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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