Core Module Information
Module title: Performance Studies; Interpretive Musicianship

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

Module code: MUS08154
Module leader: Bryden Stillie
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

HNC or equivalent level of learning/experience in music performance

Description of module content:

This module will explore your developing musicianship with a focus on a principal study instrument. This exploration will be covered in the context of ensembles and individual performance. In fortnightly tutorials, workshops and classes you will extend your awareness of musical stylistics and techniques in application within a variety of ensemble contexts. 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 provide you with an option to explore arranging and performing in specialist ensemble settings: Options will include, but will not be limited to, guitar/bass quartets, vocal acapella groups, electronic percussion groups, instrumental duos/trios, etc. The second block will explore arranging and performance of repertoire that merges classical and popular music disciplines. 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 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 tutorials for your principal study instrument 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 actively participate in classes and workshops, engaging with ensemble focused practice, musicianship, and interaction, and arranging musical repertoire (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:
Formative Assessment regularly occurs in tutorial and ensemble performance settings.

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 compilation of relevant materials and reflection contributing to your portfolio assessment to be submitted in week 12 of trimester 2.

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. 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 constructive criticism is always followed up with an offer of a solution, addition or amendment.

Summative Assessment:
There are three summative assessments for this module.

Recital 1 – Ensemble Performance. Your first summative assessment for this module will take place in week 15 of trimester 1. You will be asked to arrange and perform pieces as part of a specialist ensemble (e.g. guitar quartet, vocal quartet, piano duet). These exams are worth 30% of your overall mark for the module. The skills gained for these assessments contribute to your realisation of LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Portfolio. You will be asked to document your development on your principal study instrument through diary entries, audio and video recordings, and other media to be submitted as a digital portfolio. Entries will be completed and submitted at strategic points, as per tutor guidance, over the course of the module. You will be encouraged to reflect on your progress as a musician and performer and to demonstrate your ability to plan independently in order to achieve your goals. The focus will be primarily on the development of your technique and musicianship on your principal study instrument, including reflection on your personal practice, preparation for classes/tutorials and how you have followed up on feedback you receive. The completed portfolio will be submitted in week 12 of trimester 2. This assessment is worth 40% of your overall mark for the module. The skills gained for this assessment contribute to your realisation of L.O.s 1, 2 and 3

Recital 2 – Performance. Your third summative assessment for this module will take place in Week 15 of trimester 2. You will be asked to perform two pieces, from repertoire developed over the second trimester, in a context that best suits your musical focus in classical and/or popular music idioms. You will perform a third piece, as part of a larger ensemble, learnt from a lead sheet or score 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 12
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 30
Online Guided independent study 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 130
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 32 HOURS= 00.25
Portfolio 40 1, 2, 3 28 , WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

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