MUSIC120-23A (HAM)

Performance 1

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Your instrumental tutor/lecturer formulates a special course of study designed according to your specific proficiencies and requirements. The course is taught through individual lessons, group studio classes including individual instrumental/voice classes and Performance Hour, choir and orchestra participation, experience in public performing, and the opportunity to attend concerts of professional musicians. Your progress and level of preparation are monitored at lessons, instrumental classes, Performance Hour sessions, end-of-trimester test and public performances. Experience in stage management and ushering is also part of the course.

A successful pass in this course enables entry into MUSIC218 for the following year, in the area that has been studied.

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Lessons: 50min weekly lesson times will be arranged with your individual tutor/lecture. Students will receive a maximum of 12 lessons per semester. In some cases teachers will give some of your lesson time in shared classes. You must attend these classes as well as your lessons. Note that some individual instrumental lessons may take place off campus.

Instrumental/Voice Class: Students must attend and perform regularly at the weekly group classes. Voice, Piano, Violin, Cello and Wind class run at varying times over the week at the Academy of Performing Arts. Times will be arranged at the beginning of each semester. Please inquire with your instrumental/vocal lecturer if you are unsure of times and locations.

Compulsory requirement: All students enrolled in the BMus performance programme must join the University Chamber Choir or the University Orchestra. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances by the orchestra or choir as appropriate is compulsory. Failure to fulfil this requirement will constitute a failure to complete the requirements of this course. Attendance rolls will be kept by the choir and orchestra directors. Failure to attend this course will also prohibit enrolment for credit in Choir or Orchestra (MUSIC227) in the 2nd year of study.

Performance Hour: You are required to attend these sessions, contribute to the discussions, and perform regularly (1-2 times per trimester) as directed by your performance teacher. All students are rostered to give a short performance at least once per semester, and information on when you are required to do so is in the Google Calendar “Music Student Information Calendar”. To sign up for further performances at performance hour and selected other university performances, use the ‘Friday Performance Class and Resthome booking’ calendar. If you have been signed up by staff members to perform in other concerts, this can be viewed in the ‘Music Student Information Calendar. To have these calendars added to your account, please email either your university or a gmail email address to an administrator. Note any work presented in Performance hour must have been already performed in an instrumental class. Experience in stage management and ushering is also part of the course, students will be rostered to usher or stage manage Conservatorium events at the Academy of Performing Arts.


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)

NB For off-shore students affected by the COVID-19 situation the following arrangements are in place:

Lessons will be commenced when students arrive to Waikato, and a study plan will be set in place in order to help the student catch up on any work missed. Students should be in contact with their teacher, and Convenor of the course to discuss how they may commence studies whilst away from the Waikato campus.

Note that as each individual student enrolled in MUSIC220 receives a 50 minute one-on-one performance music lesson with their performance lecturer, a lecture schedule is not applicable for this paper.

Over the course of the paper/trimester students will attend one one-on-one performance lesson per week, along with their group instrumental or vocal class once a week, and attend performance hour once a week.

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Required Readings

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Required readings for this course will include works that the lecturer, or instrument teacher provides to the student, either individually or as a group.

This will include music that is studied for the various examinations, and any research materials suggested by the lecturer or instrumental teacher that pertains directly to the works studied.

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Concerts: Most Conservatorium of Music concerts are free to all music students. Details of the concert schedule can be found in the biannual Concert Programmes and also on the google calendar ‘Music Student Information Calendar’. For viewing rights to this calendar email either a university or gmail email address to the music administrator Malle Whitcombe. It is recommended that students study this, diary the events and attend all concerts offered. The Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series begins the first week of the trimester, on Wednesdays, from 1–2pm in the Concert Chamber of the Academy of Performing Arts and runs throughout the year.

Listening: Extensive and intelligent listening is one of the primary tools for developing an understanding and appreciation of the variety and extent of techniques available on your chosen instrument. Critical listening is required at the Performance Hour sessions and instrumental classes and is recommended at the Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series as well as other public concerts offered locally and further afield. Students should make an effort to attend all NZSO, Opus Orchestra and NZ Chamber Music concerts. Students are recommended to incorporate listening of recordings into their study. CD and video collections are available in the University Library and Hamilton Public Libraries for this. Students are encouraged to subscribe to the google “Music Student Information Calendar’ as this is a centralised source of information regarding performances relevant to music students. Please email an administrator with your university or google email address and a request for viewing rights to this calendar.

Choir and Orchestra: Participation in the University Orchestra and Choir is also recommended in order to enhance progress.

Choir: Rachael Griffiths-Hughes / Orchestra : Luca Manghi
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Moodle will be used to communicate internal assessments and performance opportunities in performance hour.

Workload - Each student will have a 50 minute weekly lesson, and group intensive classes, and to progress at a level to successfully pass this course it is expected that the student practises no less than 6 hours per week.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Sound, Technique, and Expression. This paper presents a performance based focus to your studies, building on the more technical focus developed in the first semester.
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  • These technical elements will be developed in the context of performance, and the student should be able to demonstrate these issues to a satisfactory level at the final exam.
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  • There may be opportunities for the performance tutor to talk about and work on musical ideas, styles, and expression, and some works may be expected in a complete performance presentation during the exam.
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  • Organisation, Music Learning, and Time Management. This paper will help the student to develop skills further in these fields, with an expectation that self guided study will begin to be established to a satisfactory level of the course level.
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  • The use of diaries, notebooks for note taking in classes, and rehearsal schedules are expected elements for a successful course completion.
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Progress Assessments (40%)

Assessments cover achievement in the following areas:

Class and lesson involvement and engagement

Preparation, memorisation of set work

Writing of programme notes when required

Engagement in, and preparation for Masterclasses

Learning of works, and preparation for one-on-one lessons

Organisational skills and time management in regards to coursework

Technical achievement

Punctuality, and attendance during class times

Ability to work well with others

Final Assessment (60%)

You must present a programme of works displaying the variety and extent of your techniques, and performance capabilities. The programme for the recital will be set by your instrumental/vocal tutor. It is compulsory to include a New Zealand work in your repertoire. This piece can be performed as part of the programme for assessment in either the MUSIC118 or MUSIC120 exam. Your recital should last a total of up to 30 minutes (Instrumental) and 25 minutes (Vocal). You are also required to present programme notes, and copies of your music to the adjudicators for your recital.

You will be graded on technical achievement, musical understanding, and presentation. The following qualities will be examined in order to ascertain technical achievement; posture, breath control, tone quality, rhythmic understanding, intonation, understanding and execution of technique as appropriate to the works being performed (ie appropriate bowing technique, shifting).

Final performance assessment content: Programme and length must be presented exactly as instructed and can only be changed by agreement with your tutor/lecturer.

Final performance assessment dates: Students will be given individual final performance assessment times in accordance with the University calendar.

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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. Progress Assessment One
7 Apr 2023
No set time
  • In Class: In Workshop
2. Progress Assessment Two
26 May 2023
No set time
  • In Class: In Workshop
3. Final Recital
16 Jun 2023
No set time
  • Presentation: In Class
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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