Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Musical Performance

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: MUS10109
Module leader: Renée Stefanie
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performace

MUS09138- Instrument 6

Description of module content:

In trimester 1, weekly group classes focus on areas of artist promotion and artist identity. Each class looks at a specific topic such as promotional photos, writing press releases, website design, identity and image, Search Engine Optimisation, social network promotion, music/video hosting site and producing demos. A class on CV writing is provided by the Edinburgh Napier University Careers Service and Confident Futures facilitate a workshop on networking.

Individual Instrumental lessons cover the following topics:

For Voice:
The individual lessons and supporting group vocal labs will include:

Consolidation and advancement of applied theory, arranging, and lyric interpretation skills including composition.
Advanced stagecraft.
Contributing elements of professional presentation and packaging.
Consolidation of technical and theoretical knowledge through application, description, and presentation in regards to interpretive or stylistic intent

For Guitar:
Pentatonic scales in five patterns positions one to twelve.? Blues scales based upon Pentatonic patterns positions one to twelve.?? Arpeggio memorisation as applied to major, minor and dominant seventh?forms within one octave using cycle of fifths root movement.? Open position scales and arpeggios in nine?keys for major and minor, Seven position major scales with coverage of entire neck, positions one to twelve, extrapolating both harmonic, melodic and natural minor scales positions one to twelve from major pattern forms; Performance repertoire

For Bass Guitar:
Complementary scales (be-bop, oriental) Modes of the harmonic minor and respective scales and chords. Harmonic analysis of given/chosen tunes. Advanced stylistic considerations, and creative bass playing. Session simulation with given charts. Transcription of chosen material and further analysis. Advanced improvisational techniques. Performance repertoire.

For Drums:
Advanced soloing techniques, Big Band chart reading, groove development, player analysis, displacement, advanced multi coordination grooves, double bass drum techniques, performance repertoire

You will hone advanced stagecraft, musical, and interpretational skills as well as exploring the creative potential of your musical ideas and developing a personal musical identity. You will negotiate a suitably challenging repertoire for study and performance with your principal study tutor, embracing a wide range of musical concepts whilst honing a personal musical style. You will deploy and refine transferable skills such as independent study, motivation, time-management, project management, creative practice, and communication.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: Adapt techniques, tools, resources, or approach in the conceptualisation of an original or personalised musical outcome.
LO2: Demonstrate stylistic awareness, technical rigour, and versatility in the presentation of a programme of music.
LO3: Deploy appropriate production skills in presenting a professional public performance and media content aligned to the promotion of your musical career
LO4: Critically reflect and plan towards a personalised career as a performing musician, taking into account presentation, repertoire, and personal development.

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:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
IInstrumental teaching takes the form of weekly individual lessons and workshops where you will explore a mixture of technical exercises and repertoire. (LOs 1,2,3) Formative feedback is provided throughout these lessons to help you identify and develop areas of your technical performance skills. The work of the module requires a large amount of time in self-study and unsupervised group rehearsal, to ensure your development at the appropriate pace. In trimester 1, 12 group classes explore artist identity and promotion techniques (LOs 1,2,3,4). You will be required to research topics in preparation for each class in order to effectively engage in group discussion.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Throughout this module you will be expected to work independently for long periods and must be self-motivated. Successful completion of this module brings an enhancement of your employability skills. You will be required throughout the module to demonstrate all of the following: Deploying reflective and intellectual skills in analysis and evaluation of your performance, that of your peers, and professionals in the industry; Using terminology and concepts that are relevant to your specialist field when communicating and organising resources, rehearsals, and performance in collaboration with others; Demonstrating autonomy through self-motivation, time management, and prioritising and balancing regular practice routines whilst meeting regular deadlines. Utilsing problem solving skills when working within specified parameters and with available resources.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment of performance repertoire occurs by week 14 of TR1 at an external venue, although formative feedback on the development of repertoire and performance technique is provided in every 1-1 lesson. Formative feedback will be provided in workshops which will inform your preparation for the final performance exam in TR2.

Professional Calling Card

Formative assessment and feedback is provided in 1-1 tutorials by Week 3 of TR2. This will enable you to make informed choices on how to effectively target and develop areas of your promotional activity to ensure that your portfolio meets the expectations of industry.

Summative Assessment:
Component One contains two summative assessments:

Presentation: You will present a 20 minute lesson in Week 13 on a genre of your choosing focusing specifically on performance aspects that relate to your instrument and demonstrating awareness and application of technique and theoretical knowledge. Your lesson will be followed by a performance of one musical work within your chosen genre demonstrating the elements you have taught in your lesson. The skills gained for this assessment will contribute to the realisation of outcomes 1 and 2.

Performance: A performance that takes place in week 13 or 14 of trimester 2 and is worth 45% of the overall mark. You will perform a 35 minute programme (7 – 8 songs) as part of an ensemble in an off campus venue as organised by yourself in collaboration with your peers on the module. You will negotiate repertoire with your tutor ensuring that they are of the appropriate standard for the module. You will lead your ensemble in the performance of your repertoire, which will incorporate your own arrangements of the material. The skills gained for this assessment will contribute to the realisation of outcomes 1, 2 and 3.

Component Two contains one summative assessment.

Professional Calling Card: A portfolio of promotional materials and accompanying evaluation which will be submitted in week 7 of trimester 2 and is worth 30% of the overall mark for the module. The portfolio will consist of written and media content designed to promote skills and attributes relating to individual career goals within the music industries. An accompanying evaluation will incorporate discussion of personal goals, professional network, promotional strategies and the success of/improvement plans for collated promotional materials. The skills gained for this assessment will contribute to the realisation of outcomes 3 and 4.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 16
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 348
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 25 1,2 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 45 1,2,3 29 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 30 3,4 22 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

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