MUSIC504-22X (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.

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 teaching means to give a comprehensive performance education:

1. Regular individual lessons with Performance tutors: These lessons are of one or 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 Fridays during the A and B trimesters from 1–2.30pm. All Performance students are expected to attend these sessions and participate at regular intervals, once per semester minimum. Sign up for Performance Hour using the ‘Friday Performance Class' google booking calendar. To have music calendars added to your account, please email your email address to the music administrator. 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, wind 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 clear parts are 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 with each student scheduled to perform once per semester. Museum concert bookings can be viewed on the ‘Music Student Information’ google calendar. Students may book additional performances in the Museum series, by emailing full work title, duration, and date of performance to an administrator. Please check the bookings for the date that you wish to perform to ensure that the concert isn’t already full. 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. There are also opportunities in the university Wednesday 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 paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate Performance Excellence

    Students who complete this course should be able to perform in concert situations to a professional level. Whether solo or chamber music, performances should be technically secure with a musician's understanding of how to deliver a comprehensively passionate, moving and uplifting performance.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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This course has two components:

Component 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. The course may vary in relation to the number of public performances, length of recital and other involvement for singers.

Component 2

Normally a performance of one or two chamber works and/or a major concerto, around 30 minutes in total. Mock orchestral audition exams may be included in this section if approved by performance staff.

Under special circumstances students may be permitted to undertake an academic project/research paper for component 2. Component 1 in this case should comprise of a 70 minute recital (including interval) in addition to chamber music exams of around 30 minutes of music.

Percentages of the final course mark:

Component 1) Recital (or Recital and Chamber Music) 70%

Component 2) Concerto/Chamber Music/Vocal Ensemble (or Academic Component) - 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 (or Recital and Chamber Music)
2. Chamber Music/Vocal Ensemble (or Academic Project)
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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Students are expected to read appropriate material to gain a broad historical understanding of their repertoire.
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Online Support

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Key information will be available through moodle or the google calendar 'Music Student Information Calendar'. Please contact the music administratorto be added to this calendar.

Extra support provided includes the following:

IPA Source

Grove Online

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Video Library

Please make use of the aforementioned Google calendars for:

  1. Information pertaining to the scheduling of all concerts and events
  2. Rostering oneself for Rest home concerts and Performance hours
  3. Arranging accompaniment time with the University Acccompanist
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It is expected that each student practises 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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