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Undergraduate Course: Performance and Keyboard 1 (MUSI08048)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10

The course has two components: Keyboard Skills and instrumental/vocal performance. It aims to provide an integrated course in general musicianship, and continues to develop keyboard skills, as well as fostering students' performance on their individual instruments or voice.
Course description The Performance component consists of a series of lectures/workshops and performance seminars. In the lectures/workshops, students will be introduced to a wide range of performance-related topics and repertoires according to the performance and research specialisms of music staff. Students will write an essay discussing performance-related issues raised in the lectures. Performance seminars will be run by the course organiser. In these seminars, students will receive guidance in creating a practise plan and preparing for performing musical pieces. They will receive feedback and advice from their course organiser, who will also give guidance on the preparation of the written component of the course. Moreover, students will receive feedback from their peers and the graduate studio accompanist. Students will also attend masterclasses.

The Keyboard Skills component is taught in tutorials run by keyboard tutors. In these tutorials, students will practice their keyboard skills, receive guidance on the required individual independent practice and verbal feedback on their progress.

Throughout the academic year, a considerable amount of contact teaching hours will consist of regular lessons with expert vocal/instrumental teachers, who will provide guidance to the students in private lessons. Teachers are asked to provide the course organiser with brief progress reports on each student's work.

Performance and Keyboard 1 students are reimbursed by the University to a maximum of £650 for tuition fees; costs of lessons in excess of this sum have to be paid by the student. Travelling costs to lessons and instrument maintenance costs may also be incurred.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Available to Year 1 BMus Music Students only.
Additional Costs The University helps to meet instrumental tuition fees for Year 1 BMus students by reimbursing a set sum. Costs of lessons in excess of this sum have to be paid by the student. Travelling costs to lessons and instrument maintenance costs may also be incurred.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an awareness of the issues to be considered when preparing and presenting a performance.
  2. demonstrate an aptitude at communicating with an audience.
  3. demonstrate an awareness of a range of musical repertoires and approaches to performance.
  4. demonstrate various skills of musicianship at the keyboard, including keyboard harmony and sight-reading.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Performance and Keyboard 1 will help the students to develop towards the following graduate attributes:

Skills and abilities in research and enquiry
- use information from a variety of sources, including books, music scores, periodicals, technical manuals and online resources;
- understand how creative practice can be informed by critical and research-led enquiry, and how research and enquiry can be informed by creative practice

Skills and abilities in personal and intellectual autonomy
- conceive an artistic project, in terms of its processes and outcomes;
- conceptualise and apply concepts to written and practical work;
- work in an autonomous, self-directed manner, developing the practices of reflection and life-long learning;
- respond positively and creatively to criticism and feedback, while maintaining confidence in their own abilities;

Skills and abilities in communication
- communicate effectively with other people, using audible and written means;
- select the appropriate means and style of communication, in order to put ideas across effectively to specialist communities;
- present creative work in a manner which is appropriate and engaging.

Skills and abilities in personal effectiveness
- understand the roles and responsibilities of individuals within a group project;
- manage time, and work effectively and realistically to schedules and deadlines;
- develop an awareness of personal strengths and areas for development;
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminars in Weeks 2,3,4,8,10 and additional tutorials in keyboard skills in Weeks 1,3,5,7,9,11.
Keywordsperformance keyboard skills recital music
Course organiserMr Tom Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 1000
Course secretaryMrs Carrie Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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