MUSIC320-19B (HAM)

Performance 3

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-semester test and public performances. Experience in stage management and ushering is also part of the course.

A successful pass (B or above) in this course enables entry into the Music Honours programme for the following year, in the area that has been studied.

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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.

Attendance and absence: You are expected to be warmed-up and ready for your lessons and classes at the allocated time. As this course involves a lecturer/student ratio of 1:1, attendance is mandatory. Any unexcused absences will affect your final grade and you must provide a medical certificate for all lessons missed due to any illness. The tutor/lecturer is under no obligation to allocate an alternative time for missed lessons.

Preparation: You are expected to arrive at your lessons and classes having fully prepared the material set by your tutor/lecturer. This requires self-discipline and thorough practice. You are welcome to utilise the practice facilities available in I Block ground floor, but you should also expect to practise at home. The upstairs dressing rooms at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts cannot be used for practising while any staff member is engaged in a lesson in any of those rooms. Practice rooms in I Block may be booked for up to 2 hours at a time. A 10 minute break is allowed and advisable for a 2 hour practice session. However if you are not in the room you have booked for more than 10 minutes, your booking is forfeited, and another student may take over your booking. Please be considerate to each other in your use of the rooms. Booking charts can be found on the door of each room.

Instrumental/Voice Class

Times will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Compulsory Requirements

Choir and Orchestra participation

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. A register of attendance will be kept by the choir and orchestra directors. Students can enrol in MUSIC327-XXY Performance Ensemble 1 to gain credit if they choose, but participation is required with or without the enrolment in MUSIC327.

Performance Hour

You are required to attend these sessions, contribute to the discussions, and perform regularly (a minimum of 2 times per semester) as directed by your performance teacher. A register of attendance will be kept noting your presence at the beginning and end of performance hour and also a note of whether you contributed to the discussion. Failure to regularly attend performance hour will result in a deduction to your coursework mark.

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”. Students can sign themselves up for further performances by using the ‘Friday Performance Class Booking calendar’. To have these calendars added to your account, please email either your university or a gmail email address to the Music administrator. Performance Hour guidelines will be handed out to you at Music’s Orientation meeting. PLEASE READ THESE CAREFULLY. Note that all students must have performed the work in their instrumental class before they can perform it in the Performance Hour.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course 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.

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  • 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 (40%)

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 (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. Your recital should last a total of up to 45 minutes (Instrumental) and 40-45 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 28 October -1 November 2019. Vocal Stream exams will fall on 29-31 October 2019 and Instrumental exams will fall on 31 October - 1 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 4th. 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
2 Aug 2019
No set time
  • Presentation: In Class
2. 2nd Progress Assessment
6 Sep 2019
9:29 PM
  • Presentation: In Class
3. 3rd Progress Assessment
4 Oct 2019
No set time
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Contribution - Attendance, Performance Hour and Ushering
1 Nov 2019
9:29 PM
  • Other: In Class Contribution
5. Final Performance
28 Oct 2019
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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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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Other Resources

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Listening: Extensive and intelligent listening is one of the primary tools for developing an understanding and appreciation of the variety and extent of techniques possible on your chosen instrument. Critical listening is required at the Performance Hour sessions, instrumental classes and at the Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series as well as other public concerts offered locally and further afield. Students should attend all NZSO, Opus Orchestra and NZ Chamber Music concerts. You should also attend all performances available to you given by your teachers as this is how you will come to understand the communication skills they are working to help you develop. Please make an effort to utilise all listening resources available to you, including the CD and video collections in the University Library and Hamilton Public Libraries.

Concerts and Concert attendance:

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)

Most Conservatorium of Music concerts are free to all music students. Details of the Concert Schedule can be found in the Concert Programme. The google calendar ‘Music Student Information Calendar’ also contains all concert information. Email a university or gmail address to the Music Administrator to have this calendar added to your account if you do not already have access. Students are expected to study this, diary the events and attend all concerts offered. The Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series begins on the first Wednesday of A Semester in the Gallagher Concert Chamber of the Academy of Performing Arts and runs all year.

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Online Support

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All communication with regards to internal assessments and performance opportunities will be delivered through Moodle.

Extra support provided includes the following:

IPA Source

Grove Online

Naxos Music Library

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General workload for this course would be an expected practice time of three 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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Prerequisite papers: MUSIC318




Restricted papers: MUSI320

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