MUSIC504-19C (HAM)

Professional Performance Practice

120 Points

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This course aims to offer a bridging year of study between year 3 and 4, 4 and 5, or after year 5 of performance studies, for the student to further develop and refine the performance skills gained during graduate and/or undergraduate study, deepen interpretative insights and extend the ability to perform music from a variety of historical periods. This paper may be taken where a student, with the counsel of their teacher, feels they need more time to develop certain aspects of their performance ability before going on to do Masters, Honours, or a Doctorate.

Students at this level are encouraged to take initiative with their learning and programming and become proactive in arranging and taking advantage of all possible performing opportunities. In addition students will be expected to develop a serious attitude of study towards the background of the works they are preparing, knowledge of the composers and their contemporaries and the place of these works in the development of the history of music.

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Paper Structure

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This course has three major components:

1. Regular individual lessons with Performance tutors: These lessons are of one and a half hours duration each and are held on average once a week during teaching time in the academic year. Students must attend all lessons required by the lecturer, and give adequate notice of absence.

2. Performance Classes (Instrumental/Voice Class, and Performance Hour

    Performance Hour: This is held every Friday from 1–2.30pm. All Performance students must attend these sessions and participate at regular intervals. All students are rostered to give a short performance at least once per semester, and information on when you are required to do so is in the Google Calendar “Music Student Information Calendar”. Students can sign themselves up for further performances by using the ‘Friday Performance Class Booking calendar’. To have these calendars added to your account, please email either your university or a gmail email address to an administrator. Performance Hour guidelines will be handed out to you at Music’s Orientation meeting. Note that students should normally have performed the work in their instrumental class before they can perform it in the Performance Hour.

    Workshops and Classes: Instrumental group classes (eg. piano class), masterclasses and workshops are organised to broaden and deepen performance skills. Attendance at appropriate classes, as directed, is compulsory.

3. Participation in Music Programme activities: Graduate Performance students are expected to be available to take part in appropriate activities in the Music Programme as directed, including participation in concerts as arranged, as well as rehearsing and performing in the University Orchestra, singing in the University Chamber Choir or accompanying other Performance students. They are also expected to perform student compositions when requested in agreement with their performance lecturer, on the understanding that sufficient notice and g clear parts will be provided.

    Public Student Concert Opportunities: PGDipMus students are expected to perform solo in some of the many performing opportunities for students that the University of Waikato provides for students off-campus both in Hamilton and regionally. The Museum Series is the most frequent, taking place every fortnight. Students may book a performance time in the Museum series, by emailing full work title, duration, and date of performance to an administrator. Museum concert bookings can be viewed on the ‘Music Student Information’ google calendar. Any Retirement Village/Rest home performances organised by the university can be booked by students, by making an entry in the ‘Friday Performance Hour/Rest home booking’ google calendar. Please check the bookings for the date that you wish to perform to ensure that the concert isn’t already full. There are also opportunities in the university lunchtime series as well as out of town concerts for the students to perform. Students must perform their concert piece at least once in the Friday Performance Hour before any public concert. It is advisable to perform several times before any public performance.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Performance Practise
    Students who complete this course should be able to perform in concert situations to a professional level. Either in solo or chamber music situations, the performances should be technically secure with a musicians understanding of how to deliver a completely passionate, moving and uplifting performance.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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For solo instrumentalists, this course is assessed on two components:

  1. A public recital given at the end of the academic year. The recital should be up to 90 minutes long including a 10 minute interval. It may include all solo works, or solo, chamber and/or concerto works.
  2. Performance of one or two chamber works and/or a major concerto, around 30 minutes in total. There might be a very intensive mock orchestral audition in exchange or in addition to the chamber or concerto segments.
  3. For singers the course may vary in relation to the number of public performances, length of recital and other involvement.

Percentages of the final course mark:

Recital - 70%

Concerto/Chamber Music/Vocal ensemble - 30%

These weightings and performances may vary for singers, as agreed with your lecturer.

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Assessment Components

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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. Recital
2. Concerto/Chamber Music/Vocal ensemble
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Each individual performance tutor will give reading material as appropriate to the circumstances of each student.
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Online Support

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All communications for this course will be delivered via Moodle
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It is expected that each student practices up to 5 hours per day, and does any additional research on repertoire background, audition options and/or international competition preparation for up to 3 hours per week.
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