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Undergraduate Course: Performance 2 (MUSI08074)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course, which follows on from Performance 1, students will continue to develop their practical music performance skills hand in hand with the abilities to approach, evaluate and discuss performance critically. Students will explore a range of repertoires and styles and performance practices from previous centuries to the present in theory and practice. Through activities such as listening to recordings, reconstructing historical performance practices, creating arrangements and dealing critically with music scores and other sources, students will develop their musical expertise and gain confidence in delivering a considered interpretation in performance.
Course description Following on from Performance 1, this course provides the students with further skills, knowledge and practical opportunities to enable them to develop research-led, critically informed performances. The course is taught in a series of seminars, which explore a range of repertoires and styles and examine the contexts of music performance and performance practices from different periods in music history. Students deepen their knowledge of their own performance specialisms by investigating the history and performance practices of their instruments or voice types both in theory and practice. Modes of engagement with different styles and repertoires include listening to recordings, historical reconstruction, engagement with the historical instruments collection, creative arrangement and critical evaluation of primary sources and music editions. The exploration of different repertoires and approaches to realising them in performance will help students gain an increased awareness of their individual strengths and the confidence to make interpretative and communicative choices. Engagement with the University's Lunchtime Recitals, and/or other live/recorded performances, will offer the students the opportunity to observe different approaches to performance practice in operation and analyse and evaluate professional musicians' choices. Throughout the academic year, students develop their individual vocal and/or instrumental skills under the guidance of external specialist teachers in private lessons.

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 progress reports on each student's work. Expenses for travelling to lessons and instrument maintenance costs may also be incurred by the students; these are not reimbursed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Performance 1 (MUSI08073)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Performance 2 is only available to single honours Music students on the BMus and BSc Acoustics and Music Technology degrees in year 2.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Fieldwork Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, 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. Programme Notes or Press Release, submitted in semester 2, c. week 5: 10%
2. Essay (1,900-2,100 words), submitted in semester 1, c. week 9: 30%
3. Performance Exam (10-12 minutes), end of semester 2: 60%

In addition to the above components, students must submit their programme (i.e. a list of the pieces that will form the basis of the Programme Notes or Press Release) by semester 1, week 11. This is not marked but failure to submit it will result in a 5% penalty on the Programme Notes or Press Release mark.
Feedback The students will receive a combination of verbal and written feedback 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 the knowledge and skills required to prepare a critically informed musical performance
  2. Demonstrate increased confidence in communicating their musical ideas verbally and through performance.
  3. Demonstrate a higher level of their technical achievement and knowledge about their first-study instrument or as a singer.
  4. Critically evaluate their own and other musicians' performances.
Learning Resources
Philip Auslander, 'Performance Analysis and Popular Music: A Manifesto,' in Contemporary Theatre Review Vol. 14/1 (2004), 1-13.
Jonathan Bellman, A Short Guide to Writing About Music (Pearson Longman, 2006).
Jane Davidson, 'Visual Perception of Performance Manner in the Movements of Solo Musicians,' in Psychology of Music Vol. 21/2 (1993): 103-113.
Barthold Kuijken, The notation is not the music: reflections on early music practice and performance (Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2013).
Andreas C. Lehmann, Psychology for musicians: understanding and acquiring the skills (New York and Oxford: OUP, 2007)
David Ostwald, Acting for Singers: creating believable singing characters (Oxford: OUP, 2005).
Stewart Gordon, Mastering the art of performance: a primer for musicians (Oxford, OUP, 2006)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their specialist performance skills in theory and practice while developing an overview of wider contexts. They will learn methods for carrying out research on performance practices and develop their skills in critical evaluation and analysis. Student will gain increased confidence in making interpretative choices and communicating them in writing and to live audiences while developing their ability to collaborate as well as work independently.
Keywordsmusic performance,performance practice,performance studies,musical instruments
Course organiserDr Richard Craig
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
Course secretaryDr Ellen Jeffrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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