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Undergraduate Course: Performance 1 (MUSI08073)

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
SummaryIn this course, students develop their practical music performance skills hand in hand with the abilities to approach, evaluate and discuss performance critically. Students will learn fundamental techniques for strategically preparing performances, deepen their knowledge and improve their skills on their first-study instrument (or voice), analyse and evaluate their own, their peers' and professional musicians' performances and gain confidence as performers.
Course description This course begins to guide students towards a research-led approach to music performance. Workshops and seminars explore fundamental aspects of performance such as strategic preparation of a performance, presentation, dealing with performance anxiety, critical use of performance materials and interpretation. Through readings and practical tasks, students also learn methods for finding suitable repertoire, conduct performance research and deepen their subject knowledge of their own instrument or voice type. Throughout the academic year, students develop their individual vocal and/or instrumental skills under the guidance of external specialist teachers in private lessons. These activities, skills and knowledge will inform students' written as well as practical work as they work towards an assessed solo or ensemble performance.

The University offers course participants a bursary for vocal/instrumental tuition; students are reimbursed up to a specified amount; costs of lessons in excess of this sum have to be paid by the student. Vocal and instrumental teachers are asked to provide the course organiser with brief progress reports on each student's work. Expenses for travelling to lessons and
instrument maintenance may also be incurred by the students; these are not reimbursed.

Performance 1 students will be allocated to instrumental/vocal tutors by the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Performance 1 is only available to single honours Music students on the BMus and BSc Acoustics and Music Technology degrees in year 1.
ABRSM Grade VIII (or equivalent) on students' first-study instrument or voice. Students who do not hold certification at this level will be required to audition during Welcome Week.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Fieldwork Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Annotated Bibliography (20%), submitted in semester 1, c. Week 9
2. Essay (1,900-2,100 words, 30%), submitted in semester 2, c. Week 5
3. Performance Exam (8-10 min, 50%), end of semester 2

In addition, students are required to submit a programme (list of pieces to be performed in the performance exam) in semester 2 whose contents must be approved by their vocal or instrumental teacher. This submission is not marked, but failure to submit it by the due date will result in a penalty of 5% on the Performance Exam.
Feedback The students will receive a combination of verbal and written feedback relating to different summative assessments from the course teaching staff and peers throughout the course. They will also receive feedback on their individual progress in their performance specialism from their individual vocal/instrumental tutor on an ongoing basis.

All feedback on summative assessments will be given as per the University's guidelines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate awareness of the fundamental skills and knowledge required to prepare a critically informed performance.
  2. Start communicating their musical ideas verbally and through performance.
  3. Demonstrate increased performance skills and knowledge in their chosen performance specialism.
Learning Resources
Murray Campbell, The musician's guide to acoustics (Oxford: OUP, 1987)
James Grier, 'Editing' in Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online, 2001)
Bruce Haynes, The End of Early Music: A Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century (New York: OUP, 2007)
Mark Katz, Capturing Sound: how technology has changed music (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2010)
Gerald Klickstein, The musician's way: a guide to practice, performance, and wellness (New York: OUP, 2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The students will acquire an understanding of general principles relating to music performance, learn fundamental performance-related skills and develop their knowledge and skills within their performance specialism. They will apply these skills and knowledge both in practice, independently and collaboratively, and in written form, thereby practicing their artistic and verbal presentation and communication skills. Drawing on a range of sources, they will develop facility in critical analysis and evaluation. Working independently and with academic and artistic staff, external specialists and peers, the students will learn to adapt to different roles, take on different responsibilities and begin to develop some artistic autonomy.
Keywordsmusic performance,performance studies,critical thinking
Course organiserDr Richard Craig
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
Course secretaryDr Ellen Jeffrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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