MUSIC121-23D (HAM)

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Introduction and development of basic skills required for a successful vocal and instrumental chamber music performance.

This paper focuses on the development of comprehensive chamber music and ensemble skills, and the improvement of musicianship in relation to this.

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How this paper will be taught

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Students will primarily be taught in the Performing Arts Academy with performances and dress rehearsals held in the Gallagher Concert Chamber. These teaching sessions will normally require all students to be present.

Voice students will also look at the fundamental elements of performance practice and protocols, with a focus on acting and stagecraft, dialogue learning, and collaboration skills in vocal and dramatic performance.

Students will be taught as a member of a chamber ensemble, with each group receiving a minimum of 9 coaching or combined class sessions per trimester.

Instrumental and Vocal students will be assessed for their chamber performances across the year. For Vocal students, these may include the Oratorio concert, Opera/Opera Showcase and the Music Theatre Showcase, and other concerts including external concerts. Progress assessments will be graded on attendance to rehearsals, which can fall outside of lecture times, and on commitment to each chamber rehearsal and class, regardless of whether a lecturer is present or not.

All students are required to be present at all rehearsals, coaching sessions and performances.

Vocal students, and Instrumental groups are required to perform a minimum of twice per trimester in the general Performance Hour 1:00 - 3:00pm Fridays.

Voice students will receive coaching Fridays 9 - 12.

Coaching sessions for instrumental chamber groups will be held on alternate times depending on the tutors schedule. Students will be notified of individual times by the tutors. Last minute cancellation of coaching sessions, due to illness or absence by the students, will not necessarily be made up at another time.

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Other Resources

Extensive and intelligent listening to recordings and concerts is one of the primary tools for developing musicianship. Daily listening to RadioNZ Concert should be undertaken. Students should use the online resource Naxos Music Library and the library CD collection as well as attend Wednesday lunchtime concerts, NZSO concerts (Founders Theatre), and all Chamber Music New Zealand concerts. Students are encouraged to make an effort to attend NZ Opera performances (held in Auckland).

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Online communication with regard to this paper will take place through moodle, and the google calendar 'Music Student Information Calendar'. Please see the music administrator for access to this calendar.

On a weekly basis, students should expect to attend regular coaching sessions, Friday Performance Hour 1- 2.30. Instrumental students should have a minimum of two two-hour group rehearsals per week, and an additional hour of individual practice. Singers should expect to spend two hours per week on individual study, with group rehearsals also arranged, and attended.

Self directed study is expected to undertake this paper, and organised classes and coaching will also take place, but will not be the only arrangement for studying this paper.

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Entry is subject to a successful audition and is at the discretion of the Chamber Music Co-ordinator.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a range of chamber music skills. Ensemble skills such as listening/reacting to the other group members with regard to ensemble, style, articulation, dynamic, intonation.
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  • Stylistic understanding of the chamber works studied, and the ability to portray this to an appropriate high level in performance. Basic understanding of group intonation.
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  • Individual technical skills appropriate to the work performed. The ability to give a competent performance of a chamber work.
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  • For voice students, extra skills will also include an understanding of stagecraft and movement in relation to other performers in your ensemble.
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Assessments are made on the basis of student performance. This is either to judge progress from the previous session, or performance standard.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Chamber Performance Assessment 1
2 Jun 2023
No set time
  • Other: Concert Performance
2. Chamber Performance Assessment 2
3 Nov 2023
No set time
  • Other: Concert performance.
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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