MUSIC220-20B (HAM)

Performance 2

15 Points

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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, as is preparation of programme notes, email correspondence, and other tasks involved with performance preparation.

A successful pass in this course enables entry into MUSIC318 for the following year, in the area that has been studied.

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NB - Classes will be taking place in person in the first week of B trimester, on campus in workshop style.

50min weekly lesson times will be arranged with your individual tutor/lecture. Students will receive a maximum of 12 lessons per trimester. 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: Times will be arranged at the beginning of the trimester. Attendance is compulsory.

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. Students can enrol in MUSIC227 Performance Ensemble 1 to gain credit if they choose, but participation is required with or without the enrolment in MUSIC227.

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.


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)

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Sound, Technique and Expression

    The learning outcomes for this course should see the student achieve a level of technical fluency and ease that allows for a clear demonstration of technical expertise as well as the ability to perform musically with flair and personal expressiveness.

    This second semester paper presents a performance based focus to your studies, building on the more technical focus developed in the first semester. 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. There may be opportunities for the performance tutors to talk about and work on musical ideas, styles and expressions, with works being presented in a complete performance exam.

    Linked to the following assessments:
  • Organisation, Music Learning and Time Management

    This semester 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,

    The use of diaries, notebooks for note taking in classes, and rehearsal schedules are expected elements for a successful course completion.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Progress Assessments (50%)

Assessments cover achievement in the following areas:

Class and lesson involvement and engagement

Preparation, memorisation of set work

Achievement in language classes (Classical Vocal Stream)

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

Final Assessment (50%)

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 for the year. This piece can be performed as part of the programme for assessment in either the MUSIC218 or MUSIC220 exam. Your recital should last a total of up to 40 minutes (Instrumental) and 30-35 minutes (Vocal). You are also required to present programme notes, and copies of your music to the adjudicators for your recital, presented well in a bound folio.

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). The Vocal Stream will also be assessed on diction of works, in English, and any other languages performed.

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 scheduled between 26 October - 7 November 2020.

Vocal Stream exams will fall on November 3-6 and Instrumental exams will fall on 26 October - 7 November.

Exam accompaniment

If you wish to be accompanied by the university pianist, you must have submitted your programme and copies of the accompaniments by Friday August 14th. Changes after this will only be permitted at the discretion of university staff.

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Assessment Components

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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. 1st Progress Assessment
14 Aug 2020
8:29 PM
  • Presentation: In Class
2. 2nd Progress Assessment
18 Sep 2020
8:29 PM
  • Presentation: In Class
3. 3rd Progress Assessment
16 Oct 2020
8:29 PM
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Contribution - Attendance, Performance Hour and Ushering
6 Nov 2020
8:29 PM
  • Other: In Class Contribution
5. Final Recital
6 Nov 2020
9:59 PM
  • 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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Required and Recommended Readings

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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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Recommended Readings

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There will be no required readings for this course unless specifically given by your instrumental/vocal performance tutor.
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Online Support

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Support will be provided through the following areas during your course:


IPA Source

Grove Online

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Video Library

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General workload for this course would be an expected practice time of two hours per day, with an additional three hours per week, minimum for music learning, and three hours per week for researching works, including language preparation.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: MUSIC218 or MUSI218




Restricted papers: MUSI220

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