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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MCS3003 Module Title: PERFORMANCE 3
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU3.PERF(D)
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: WILLIAMSON C Mr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Throughout the year.

Assessment Pattern



Coursework:   (35% of total assessment)


·        Contribution to conducted ensemble playing              10% 


·        Contribution to unconducted ensemble playing               15% 


·        A reflective diary. Up to 1,500 words                           10%



Examination:  (65% of total assessment)


·        Presentation of a short public recital during the


      final part of the 2nd Semester.


      15 to 20 minutes playing required.                                   65%

Criteria of Assessment for Performance



Final Year Performance equates to an ability to sustain a semi-professional performing career. At this level, the following qualities should be exhibited:


Solo performance


  • Fluency and control of expression;
  • Communication of your awareness of the music’s structure and idiom;
  • Appropriate consideration of historical performance issues;
  • Technical control;
  • Accuracy;
  • Sound quality and tone projection;
  • Commitment to both the music performed and to the act and manner of performance;
  • Establishing a rapport with the audience.


Ensemble performance – in addition to the above criteria, the following also apply:


  • Effectiveness of your role within chamber and orchestral contexts;
  • Punctuality, reliability and affability in all rehearsal situations.


A mark above 70% (first class pass) will normally be awarded for a performance which displays a professional level of competence in all the qualities listed. Marks in excess of 80% are awarded only to performances which display excellence in all the qualities listed.


A mark in the range 60-69% (upper second class) will normally be awarded for a performance which meets all the qualities listed, with a high standard in most of these.


A mark of 50-59% (lower second class) will normally be awarded for a performance which meets four or more of the qualities listed to a high standard and the others to a lower standard.


A mark of 40-49% (third class pass) will normally be awarded for a performance which displays all the qualities listed, but at a low level.


A mark of 35-39% will normally be awarded for a performance which significantly fails to display some of the qualities listed.


A mark below 35% will normally be awarded for a performance which fails to display most of the qualities listed.



Module Overview
Attainment of a mark of at least 60% in Level HE2 Performance.  
Permission of the Programme Director.
Module Aims

To further your development as a solo performer, and to present a short public recital at a standard that aspires to the professional.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • demonstrate enhanced instrumental/vocal ability in a short recital
  • perform in public, with authority and communication, and at an appropriate level
  • demonstrate technical, musical, presentational skills and stylistic awareness
  • demonstrate an awareness of some of the background issues relevant to performance
Module Content

Individual tuition, and experience in performance as soloist (and/or accompanist, as appropriate)

Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • Attendance at Performance Seminars and concerts as required.
  • Regular instrumental/vocal lessons.
  • Attendance at tutorials as required.
Selected Texts/Journals

Williamom, Aaron, 2004: Musical Excellence: Strategies and techniques to enhance performance ( Oxford : Oxford University Press)





Lawson, Colin, and Stowell, Robin, 1999: The Historical Performance of Music: An Introduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)





Gordon, Stewart, 2006: Mastering the Art of Performance: A Primer for Musicians (Oxford: Oxford University Press)



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