MUSIC504-23X (HAM)

Professional Performance Practice

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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.

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How this paper will be taught

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This course has four major components:

  1. Regular individual lessons with Performance lecturers or tutors. These lessons are 80 minutes in duration and are held on average once a week during teaching time over the academic year. Students must attend all lessons required by the lecturer, and give adequate notice of absence.
  2. Friday Performance Hour is held every Friday from 1–2.30pm. All Performance students must attend these sessions and participate at regular intervals. Each student is pre-booked to perform once per semester. The time and date for this can be viewed on the google calendar ‘Music Student Information Calendar.’ The additional performance bookings are to be done through the Friday Performance Class Booking Calendar. For access to these calendars email a university or gmail email address to an administrator and ask to be subscribed.
  3. Workshops and Classes: Instrumental group classes (eg. piano class, voice class, etc.), masterclasses and workshops are organised to broaden and deepen performance skills. Attendance at appropriate classes, as directed, is compulsory.
  4. 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 will be provided.
  5. Public Student Solo/Chamber Music Concert Opportunities: BMus Honours students are also 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 takes place twice per semester. The Retirement Village performances take place fortnightly. Students may book a performance time in the Museum series or Retirement Village concerts by emailing the Director of Performance. 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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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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Listening: Extensive and intelligent listening is one of the primary tools for developing an understanding and appreciation of the variety and extent of techniques possible on your chosen instrument. Critical listening is required at the Performance Hour sessions, instrumental classes and at the Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series as well as other public concerts offered locally and further afield. Students should attend all NZSO, Opus Orchestra and NZ Chamber Music concerts. You should also attend all performances available to you given by your teachers as this is how you will come to understand the communication skills they are working to help you develop. Please make an effort to utilise all listening resources available to you, including the CD and video collections in the University Library and Hamilton Public Libraries.

Concerts and Concert attendance:

Students studying music are reminded of the importance of attending concerts. In particular, all music students are expected to attend:

  • Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series in the Concert Chamber
  • Hamilton Chamber Music Society programme
  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • All other Conservatorium of Music events, seminars, masterclasses and concerts

Radio NZ Concert provides a wide repertoire of recorded Western music as well as many interesting talks on musical matters (91.4MHz)

Most Conservatorium of Music concerts are free to all music students. Details of the concert schedule can be found in the Concert Programme leaflet, or on teh Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts website - The google calendar ‘Music Student Information Calendar’ also contains all concert information. Email a university or gmail address to the Music Administrator to have this calendar added to your account if you do not already have access. Students are expected to study this, diary the events and attend all concerts offered. The Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series begins on the first Wednesday of A Trimester in the Gallagher Concert Chamber of the Academy of Performing Arts and runs all year.

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All communication and the delivery of your internal assessments will be by Moodle
You will be expected to practise a minimum of 4 hours per day to successfully complete course requirements.

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Concert Duties Roster: By a roster system, students take turns at stage managing and ushering for the Performance Hour and Lunchtime concerts. The students who are on ushering or stage managing duties in the Wednesday Lunchtime concert of any given week, are required to do the stage managing for the Friday Performance Hour in the same week. The roster, along with a description of these assignments, is held by the Music Administrator and can also be viewed on the google ‘Music Student Information Calendar’. This component will constitute 10% of your grade. There will be training given in ushering and stage management during the first Performance Hour session.

Public Student Concert Opportunities: There are many performing opportunities for students both in Hamilton and regionally. 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.

Concert Dress is required for all public performances whether lunch-hour or evening.

Vocal Stream: The following are specific dress requirements for this course involvement:

A Programme note must always be provided to the Music Administrator one week before the concert you are to play in. Include the name of your work, composer, composer's birth and death dates (years), the names of the performers correctly spelled, including the name of your accompanist, and several well-chosen, brief sentences about the work and the composer which will engage your audiences ear and interest. Programme notes for public concerts and exams should be written in your own words and all sources clearly acknowledged.

Questions about public performance opportunities should be directed to the Music administrator.

External performances: Any performance opportunity that arises outside of the Conservatorium of Music should be cleared first with your lecturer prior to agreeing to give said performance. Your performance studies are expected to take priority over any outside engagement.

External performance lessons: Please note that your Conservatorium of Music vocal/instrumental lecturer will be your sole teacher during your University studies. No other teaching arrangements should be made privately. Opportunities for outside input will be made via Masterclasses at the discretion of your performance music lecturer.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demosntrate Performance Excellence. Students who complete this course should be able to perform in concert situations to a prefessional level.
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  • Wheter 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.
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How you will be assessed

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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 (70 minutes for vocal recitals) 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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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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