MUSA143-21W (A) Whole Year 2021 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Performance (Non-Major) 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


This course enables students to develop technical skills in an instrument or voice, music knowledge and understanding through performance on an instrument or with voice, and develop knowledge of the repertoire for that specific instrument or voice. It is designed for students from a non-Performance major (or a non-music degree), or for Performance Major students who wish to study a relevant second instrument (or possibly voice).

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 year, one of which is an end-of-year 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Technical performance skills in an instrument or voice;
  • Musicianship demonstrated 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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.


Subject to approval of the Head of School following an audition.



Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) is allocated:
• 12 hours attending lessons
• 36 hours attending Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30) / other performance classes and/or masterclasses
• 8 – 24 hours attending and/or performing at UC Friday lunchtime concerts
• 78 – 106 hours individual practice, rehearsals, final performances

Course Coordinators

Justin DeHart and Mark Menzies

Semester 1 Course Coordinator - Justin deHart
Semester 2 Course Coordinator - Mark Menzies

Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation 20% Teacher's grade for participation in the individual lessons and any technical exams.
Workshops 10% Attendance at the Combined Performance Workshop as well as a Performance Class appropriate to the participant’s instrument or voice
Public Performances 40% Two public performances throughout the year, either on the Friday lunchtime concert series, at the combined performance workshops (Wednesdays at 5pm) or another venue
End of Year Performance 30% Scheduled between 25 October-5 November)

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 year.

Participation in the Combined Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm), and any Performance Class specific to their instrument (if in addition) are an important support system to the learning environment provided by private lessons. For this year, all vocalists will take part in a performance project connected with the Consortia singers & band; this will meet on Thursdays at 6:30-8:30pm.

Performance Classes are scheduled as:
“Contemporary” music – voice, guitar, drums et al - Tuesday 5-6:30pm - Recital Room
Voice (“classical”) - Wednesday 12:30-2pm - Recital Room

(Note: Voice students, both “classical” and “contemporary”, are welcome at both workshops – with the distinction provided to facilitate the particular focus of the student)

Winds - Wednesday 3pm - Camerata Room
Strings – “Beethoven ±” - Wednesday 3pm - Recital Room
Piano - Wednesday 7pm - Recital Room
Percussion (ensemble) - Thursday 4-6pm - 35 Creyke Road

The two (or more) performances through the year 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. Feedback is provided immediately following the performance(s) – in the case of the Friday lunchtime concerts, in the half-hour following the concert; following that, the student is asked to submit a self-reflection on the performance taking into account this feedback as well as the process leading to the performance.

The end-of-year performance will be of approximately 15-25 minutes duration, and will include at a minimum 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 demeanour and presentation, interpretative insight, as well as the successful integration of developing “technical” mastery. The student is asked to submit a self-reflection on the performance taking into account this feed-back as well as the process leading to the performance within one week of each performance.

Please note that music performance courses are not eligible for aegrotat consideration.

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* 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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