Core Module Information
Module title: Performance Studies: Exploring Musicianship for Principal Study Instruments

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS08146
Module leader: Bryden Stillie
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

HNC Music Performance or similar. Equivalent performance experience in live ensemble/band settings.

Description of module content:

This module will explore your developing musicianship with a focus on a principal study instrument; drums, bass, voice, guitar and/or keyboard. This exploration will be covered in the context of specialist ensembles, bands, and individual performance. In fortnightly tutorials, workshops and classes you will extend your awareness of musical stylistics and techniques in application as they pertain to your principal study instrument. In 1-1 lessons you will work towards attaining skills and achieving instrument specific goals as negotiated with your tutor at the beginning of the module. Negotiation will take in to consideration your intentions for continuing with performance at level 9 of study, accounting for a level of playing ability required to specialise as a performer in levels 9 and 10.
Ensemble work will be explored in two blocks. The first block will explore arranging and performing in one of three possible settings: guitar/bass quartets, vocal acapella groups, or pitched and non-pitched percussion ensembles. The second block will explore band performances with a focus on specialisms in a band setting. Ensemble workshops and specialist master classes will be interspersed with fortnightly performances in which you will perform set repertoire and original arrangements and compositions as part of an ensemble, exploring application of musical concepts and principal study technique as tools for actualising interpretations of musical repertoire. Over the course of the module, you will further develop your knowledge and explore the application of music theory, concepts, and principal study technique in interpretation of repertoire, instrumental and/or vocal technique, harmony and rhythm, stylistics, and collaboration and communication when working on arrangements and performance in various ensemble settings, responses to which will form the basis for formative and summative assessments.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify and express musical stylistics and techniques associated with popular music for a principal study instrument.
LO2: Consider and explore the application of technique for a principal study instrument when interpreting and arranging musical repertoire.
LO3: Explore and adapt musical principles (e.g. phrasing, tone, dynamic, voicing) in application for a principal study instrument.
LO4: Extend and exemplify use of musical principles for a principal study instrument when working in a collaborative music ensemble setting

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Renée Stefanie
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning takes the following forms:
You will actively participate in tutor-led tutorials (1-1 lessons) and principal study master classes in which theories and concepts will be discussed, analysed and put into practice in group and/or individual activities, performances or presentations (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4).
You will work on repertoire (some set pieces, and some of your own choosing) independently and perform as part of an ensemble during performance workshops. The learning and performing of this repertoire will put musical stylistics, technique and concepts in to practical application (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4).
You will actively engage with Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) presentations and tasks provided on Moodle as an introduction to core concepts of music theory, stylistics, instrument care and technique (LOs 1 and 3).
You will actively engage in personal and ensemble practice. Individually and collaboratively you will practice repertoire and exercises, experimenting with techniques and musical stylistics. You will identify areas for improvement individually and as an ensemble and devise strategies to contribute to your individual and collective development (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Formative Assessment:
Personalised formative feedback is at the core of the learning experience within principal study tutorials. In every tutorial you will receive feedback and guidance that will enable you to identify and target areas where development and focused practice is required. This formative feedback will enable you to fully prepare for your final technical assessment in Week 25.
You will be allocated to an ensemble and develop repertoire independently. This repertoire is then performed for peers and tutors during allocated performance workshop times. These pieces will be chosen with consideration of musical idioms explored as part of your studies on the programme. Following your performance you will receive verbal feedback as an ensemble from peers and tutors. Feedback will follow principles of ‘plussing’, in which critique is given dispassionately and criticism is always followed up with an offer of a solution, addition or amendment.

Summative Assessment:
Recital 1 – Ensemble Performance. Your first summative assessment for this module will take place in Week 15. You will be asked to arrange and perform three pieces, as part of a specialist ensemble, from the repertoire you have arranged and performed over the first trimester, including for formative assessment.. These exams are worth 30% each of your overall mark for the module. The skills gained for these assessments contribute to your realisation of LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4
Practical Skills Assessment– Technical Proficiency. Your second summative assessment for this module will take place in Week 28. You will be asked to perform set exercises, selected for your principal study instrument and evaluated against attainment goals negotiated with your 1-1 tutor at the beginning of the module. Exercises will demonstrate technical proficiency and adaptability when applying musical concepts for your principal study instrument. This exam is worth 40% of your overall mark for the module. The skills gained for this assessment contribute to your realisation of LOs 1, 2 and 3)
Recital 2 – Ensemble Performance. Your third summative assessment for this module will take place in Week 34. You will be asked to arrange and perform three pieces, as part of a band, from the repertoire you developed over the second trimester, including for formative assessment. You will perform a fourth piece learnt from a lead sheet provided one week prior to this exam. These exams are worth 30% each of your overall mark for the module. The skills gained for these assessments contribute to your realisation of LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 21
Online Guided independent study 8
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 30
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 16
Independent Learning Guided independent study 117
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Recital 30 1, 2, 3, 4 14/15 HOURS= 00.25
Recital 30 1, 2, 3, 4 34 HOURS= 00.25
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1, 2, 3 28 HOURS= 00.25
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

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