MUSIC301-23D (HAM)

Secondary Performance Studies Class

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What this paper is about

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This course teaches fundamental technical and musical training to facilitate greater proficiency and understanding of your voice, or of your chosen musical instrument and repertoire.
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Students will have the opportunity to work in an intensive and stimulating learning environment, that will either comprise of solo lessons or specialised group classes. These will be arranged with your individual teacher in the first week of semester. Students are also required to attend the studio classes of the instrument they are learning, and the weekly performance hour every Friday.

Attendance and absence: You are expected to be warmed-up and ready for your lessons and classes at the allocated time. As this course involves a lecturer/student ratio of 1:1, you must give as much notice as possible to your tutor/lecturer of any unavoidable absence. The tutor/lecturer is under no obligation to allocate an alternative time.

Preparation: You are expected to arrive at your lessons and classes having fully prepared the material set by your tutor/lecturer. This requires self-discipline and thorough practice. You are welcome to utilise the practice facilities available in the Music Programme, but you should also expect to practise at home. Practice rooms may be booked by MUSIC301 students. Please be considerate to each other in your use of the rooms. Booking charts can be found on the door of each room.

Instrumental/Voice Class

As mentioned above MUSIC301 students should also attend the group classes that all BMus performance majors attend. Voice, Piano, Violin, Cello and Wind class run at varying times over the week at the Academy of Performing Arts. Times will be arranged at the beginning of each semester. Please inquire with your instrumental/vocal lecturer if you are unsure of times and locations. If there are clashes with your timetable for your Major studies, please discuss this with your teacher, or your discipline Convenor.

Performance Hour

Friday, 1-2.30pm Concert Chamber, Academy of Performing Arts

You are required to attend these sessions, contribute to the discussions, and perform as directed by your performance teacher. Should your teacher ask you to perform in Performance Hour, you should book by using the google ‘Friday Performance Hour and Resthome’ booking calendar, or ask an administrator to do this. Note that MUSIC301 students are not included in the Concert Duties roster, this involves BMus performance students only.

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Required Readings

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There will be no required readings unless specifically given by your instrumental/vocal tutor.
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Other Resources

Concerts: Most Conservatorium of Music concerts are free to all music students. Details of the concert schedule can be found in the biannual Concert Programmes and also on the google calendar ‘Music Student Information Calendar’. For viewing rights to this calendar email either a university or gmail email address to the music administrator Malle Whitcombe. It is recommended that students study this, diary the events and attend all concerts offered. The Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series begins the first week of the trimester, on Wednesdays, from 1–2pm in the Concert Chamber of the Academy of Performing Arts and runs throughout the year.

Listening: Extensive and intelligent listening is one of the primary tools for developing an understanding and appreciation of the variety and extent of techniques available on your chosen instrument. Critical listening is required at the Performance Hour sessions and instrumental classes and is recommended at the Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series as well as other public concerts offered locally and further afield. Students should make an effort to attend all NZSO, Opus Orchestra and NZ Chamber Music concerts. Students are recommended to incorporate listening of recordings into their study. CD and video collections are available in the University Library and Hamilton Public Libraries for this. Students are encouraged to subscribe to the google “Music Student Information Calendar’ as this is a centralised source of information regarding performances relevant to music students. Please email an administrator with your university or google email address and a request for viewing rights to this calendar.

Choir and Orchestra: Participation in the University Orchestra and Choir is also recommended in order to enhance progress.

Choir: Rachael Griffiths-Hughes / Orchestra : Luca Manghi
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All communication of assessment results and performance opportunities will be delivered through the use of Moodle.
This 3rd year paper will offer you a 30 minute lesson each week, and to successfully complete this course to the highest level, it is expected that you practise your individual instrument/voice for no less the 6 hours per week.
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Prerequisite papers: MUSIC201 or MUSI201


Restricted papers: MUSI301

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Instrumental and Vocal Proficency
    Students who successfully complete this paper will be more proficient technically and more able to present an on stage performance that is convincing and expresses their feelings for the music more freely
    Linked to the following assessments:
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How you will be assessed

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Progress Assessments (40%)

These assessments will take into consideration the following:

- Ability to take onboard ideas given to you during one-on-one lessons, and groups classes

- Class preparation

- Management of self directed learning

- Proactive approach to learning music given to you

- Level of development across assessment periods

- Participation in group classes

- Abilty to work with those around you

- Technical achievement

FInal Performance Assessment (60%)

You must give a technical presentation (e.g. scales, arpeggios, studies, sight-reading etc.) and present a programme of works displaying the variety and extent of your techniques. Your test should last a total of up to 20 minutes, including technical presentation and programme, and may be divided between two assessments, Trimester A and Trimester B, or can be taken as one examination at a time that is set by your teacher.

You will be graded on technical achievement and also musical understanding. The following qualities will be examined in order to ascertain technical achievement; posture, breath control, tone quality, rhythmic understanding, intonation, understanding and execution of technique as appropriate to the works being performed (ie appropriate bowing technique, shifting).

Final performance assessment content: Programme and length must be presented exactly as instructed and can only be changed by agreement with your tutor/lecturer.

Final performance assessment dates: Students will be given individual final performance assessment times based on the University calendar.

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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. 1st progress assessment
15 May 2023
No set time
  • Other: In class
2. 2nd progress assessment
24 Jul 2023
No set time
  • Other: In class
3. 3rd progress assessment
17 Sep 2023
No set time
  • Other: In class
4. Final Performance
3 Nov 2023
No set time
  • Presentation: In Class
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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