Core Module Information
Module title: Principal Study 4

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

Module code: MUS10131
Module leader: Ken Dempster
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

MUS09131 Principal Study 3.1 or MUS09128 Principal Study 3.2

Description of module content:

This module is the seventh in a series of graded series that extend, refine and widen your skills as a performing musician. You will further implement the secure technique which you have already acquired to your further musical development of a portfolio of works that you will either perform or compose. You will continue to be assigned a tutor specializing in your principal study, who will work closely with you on further consolidating your technique and portfolio for assessment at the end of the module. Through structured practice, performing or composing, you will increase your familiarity with an increasingly wide range of musical styles, and you will continue to develop finesse, confidence and assurance in presentation.

You will showcase this portfolio through presentations to your tutor, to the group classes (performance classes, specialist group classes coaching/rehearsals), which will be enhanced by your attendance at and participation in workshops, master-classes and public concerts. You will come into contact with, and receive feedback and advice from, world-class musicians and composers. Throughout the trimester of study you will be encouraged to critically reflect upon your own and your peers' playing, to evaluate how issues arising from performing music can be resolved and applied, and to compare the presentation of professional musicians with relation to your own in order to enhance the presentation of your own portfolio.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: perform or compose works appropriate to your elected principal study that elucidate an individual response to character, mood and style;
LO2: assemble and evaluate technical skills relevant to your elected principal study;
LO3: evaluate presentational, rehearsal, and performance issues;
LO4: analyse and reconstruct a flexible, organised practice/composing schedule.

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: Nicholas Ashton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Weekly individual lessons with a specialist tutor will adopt an issue-based approach to learning focused on an in-depth study of style, interpretation and musical insight appropriate to the elected principal study (instrument/voice/composition) (LO2). Through these lessons, students and tutor will develop an appropriate portfolio consisting of repertoire to perform, or compositions (LO1, 2). Regular monitoring of technical issues will continue to take place in the lessons, however this, and the structured approach to an organised schedule of practice/composition will largely be the priority of the student (LO2,4).
Group classes will present a broader approach to performance or composition, and will usually include the presentation of work to the whole class, active analysis of performance or scores, debate and feedback (from the class leader, visiting artists (where appropriate) and from peers) (LO1,3,4). These student-centred formative activities will be guided by the lecturer with an emphasis on students' directed research, self-reflection, the development of a sophisticated to discuss performances/compositions, and personal development (LO3,4).
Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Students will develop a range of skills that include preparation of reasoned argument; 'on the spot' thinking/reasoning; presentation and communication skills; independent learning and reflection; experience of working in a team environment as well as individual project management skills; entrepreneurship and arts administration experience. Your choice of technical studies, repertoire for study, and instrumental groupings will be guided by your tutor, and by the lecturing staff, to complement your existing portfolio, and to facilitate your development along your chosen career path. The mechanism of Professional Development Plans will also enable students to receive regular advice and encouragement in the manag

Formative Assessment:
Weekly performance classes will cover the preparation and trialling of items of repertoire from the summative assessment within the context of informal performance conditions.

Summative Assessment:
A 30 minute performance assessment, in examination conditions, which comprises repertoire of an appropriate level and stylistic variety for the voice or instrument type and which has been selected by the specialist tutor and student. The performance will demonstrate technical skills, stylistic musical awareness and a communicative expressive approach

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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