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MU1051: PERFORMANCE 1 (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

MU1051 is structured to develop, in tandem, students' individual instrumental/vocal and ensemble skills.

Entry to the course for non BMus students is by audition.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Pauline Black

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

  • ()

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MU1031 Performance Studies 1.1 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The Music Department boasts a high quality visiting tutor staff who will provide‚Äč access to 10 free, 1 hour, one-to-one lessons on their principal study. Students can also elect to split their studies between two instruments and/or voice. Students select the pieces they work on in negotiation with their instrumental/voice tutor. Alongside instrumental and vocal lessons students are required to join one of the department's many ensembles working in weekly rehearsals towards high quality public performances. As part of this course students are required to attend concerts from the Music Department Concert Series. The course is assessed through an end of course tutor report and a performance essay.

Further Information & Notes

All students on the BMus Ed or BMus MusCom programmes must undertake additional study in Piano Keyboard Skills. These additional study sessions will focus on the development of relevant vocational skills. First study pianists will also be required to take these additional study sessions.

Where students are studying more than one instrument/voice, they can elect in advance to have them equally weighted, or weighted in the proportion 70% (main instrument) and 30% (second instrument) for assessment purposes.

Entrance to this course for non BMus students is by audition only. 

Students must be of ABRSM Grade 8 (or equivalent) standard or above before they can be considered for audition. Students must also be fully proficient in reading music and have a reasonable standard of music theory knowledge.

For non BMus students, auditions are arranged by the student contacting the Music Department during Induction Week. Prospective students will be asked to prepare one 5 minute piece for the audition which demonstrates their best abilities, and they will be asked to perform some sight reading.

Timetables will be arranged on an individual basis with instrumental / vocal tutors on commencement of the course.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Tutor report and essay of 2,000 words on an aspect of performance. Exemption may be granted for the essay for students with exemplary attendance at the nominated ensemble.

Resit: Students resit the failed assessment(s). Recital (for those failing tutor report); resit failed elements of the same essay (for those failing essay).

Formative Assessment

Students are being constantly assessed by their tutors in this one-to-one learning context.


Feedback to students is on a continual basis in this one-to-one learning context. Tutors will arrange for a session to go over their comments with the student following the submission of the report.

Course Learning Outcomes


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