MUSA241-21S1 (A) Semester One 2021 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Performance Major 2A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Performance work involving weekly individual lessons, performance classes and ensemble training in an approved instrument or in 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 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 third course in a sequence that leads the student towards MUSA342, in which the student will be expected to demonstrate a high level of performance to an external audience.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 solo and ensemble repertoire for a specific instrument or voice;
  • A body of solo and ensemble 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:

      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.


MUSA142 with a C grade or higher, or
MUSA143 with an A grade or higher, and at least 15 points from MUSA100, MUSA101, MUSA120, MUSA121, MUSA125, and approval of the Head of School.


MUSI 241

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 12 hours attending lessons
• 36 hours attending Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm) / other performance classes and/or masterclasses
• 4 – 12 hours attending and/or performing at UC Friday lunchtime concerts
• 90 – 116 hours individual practice, rehearsals, and performances

Course Coordinator

Justin DeHart

Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student


Teacher’s grade for participation in the individual lessons, and any technical exams that has been scheduled during the semester 20%

Workshops: attendance at the Combined Performance Workshop as well as a Performance Class appropriate to the participant’s instrument or voice 10%

A minimum of two public performances throughout the semester, either on the Friday lunchtime concert series, at the combined performance workshops (Wednesdays at 5pm) or another venue, as arranged with the Head of Performance; a self-reflection needs to be submitted on LEARN within one week of each performance 40%

One end-of semester concert performance (scheduled between June 8–18th) 30%

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 student’s 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.

Participation in the Combined Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm), and any Performance Class specific to their instrument are important support systems to the learning environment provided by private lessons. All vocalists are encouraged to take part in a performance project connected with the Consortia singers & band; this will meet on Thursdays at 6:30-8:30pm in the Arts Centre Recital Room.

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 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 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 within one week of each performance.

The end-of-semester 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.

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

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.

For further information see Humanities .

All MUSA241 Occurrences

  • MUSA241-21S1 (A) Semester One 2021 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)
  • MUSA241-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021