MUSIC524-19C (HAM)

Advanced Performance

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Paper Description

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This course aims to develop and refine the performance skills gained during undergraduate and honours study, deepen interpretative insights and extend the ability to perform music from a variety of historical periods. Students at this level should take initiative with their learning and programming, and become proactive in arranging and taking advantage of all possible performing opportunities. In addition, students will be expected to develop a professional attitude of study towards the background of the works they are preparing, knowledge of the composers and their contemporaries and the place of these works in the development of the history of music, as well as their role and responsibility as an artist to bring their own personal voice to keep this art-form alive, and relevant to present day society. For Vocal Studies students, languages and stagecraft skills should be of a very high standard, with an expectation that the student will either currently be engaged in professional activities, or working toward this outcome on completion of the course. Staff will play a supporting role in helping to develop these outcomes for students.
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Paper Structure

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This course has four major components:

(i) Regular individual lessons with Performance teachers

These lessons are of 80 minutes duration each, and are held on average once a week during teaching time in the academic year, up to 12 lessons per semester. Students must attend all lessons required and give adequate notice of absence. Teachers are not required to make up these lessons. If a teacher changes or cancels a lesson, they are required to make up the lesson.

(ii) Friday Performance Hour

Performance Hour is held every Friday from 1 – 2.30pm during teaching periods. All Performance students should attend these sessions and participate at regular intervals, 4 or 5 times per semester, in consultation with their lecturer/teacher as preparation for their final recital. The time and date for this can be viewed on the google calendar ‘Music Student Information Calendar.’ The additional performance bookings are to be done through the Friday Performance Class Booking Calendar. For access to these calendars email a university or gmail email address to the Performance Co-ordinator.

(iii) Workshops and Classes

Instrumental group classes (eg. voice/piano class), masterclasses and workshops are organised to broaden and deepen students’ performance skills. Attendance at appropriate classes as directed by the lecturer/teacher is mandatory. Masters students will be expected to conduct instrumental or voice classes at least once a semester.

(iv) Participation in Conservatorium of Music activities

Graduate Performance students are expected to be available to take part in appropriate activities in the Conservatorium of Music as directed, including participation in concerts as arranged, as well as playing in the University Orchestra, singing in the University Chamber Choir or accompanying other Performance students. They are also expected to perform student compositions when requested from time to time, on the understanding that clear parts will be provided and sufficient notice given and that the Performance Lecturer has agreed. They will be invited to also take part in the various student concerts for the Lunchtime Recital Series, and the Carnival of Music at the close of the academic year.


Selection of repertoire will be determined by the lecturer in consultation with the student. It is the student’s responsibility to purchase scores where required. However any photocopying required is the responsibility of the lecturer/student to arrange with the Music administrator.


The student is responsible for:

  • keeping in contact with the lecturer/tutor for the arrangement of lessons

  • attending all lessons, classes and workshops as directed by the tutor and preparing all work for such events

  • completing any additional course related work required by the lecturer, such as directed readings or listening

  • individual practice arrangements as is required for this level of study and performance (and where necessary, as directed by the lecturer)


Students are expected to attend the campus Lunchtime Recital Series and as many other appropriate concerts as possible, especially those organised by Hamilton Chamber Music and given by the NZSO and Auckland Philharmonia. Active and critical listening plays an important part in one’s musical development. Please check the Music Google Calendar, Conservatorium of Music A and B Semester Concert Programmes and noticeboards for dates and student rush prices.


Any performance given outside the Conservatorium of Music should be cleared with the lecturer and Concert Coordinator prior to the student agreeing to give such a performance. Performance studies are expected to take priority over outside engagements.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
    • An advanced level of performance excellence will be expected to be achieved at the completion of this course. Students should be able to perform on stage, in a public event, to a level that equates to a very high national professional level.This should include performances of solo, chamber music and concerto repertoire.
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  • Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

    • Performance Excellence
      At the end of this course the students should be able to perform on stage, in a public event, to a level that equates to a high national professional level.This should include performances of solo, chamber music and concerto repertoire.
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  • Students who successfully complete the course should be able to perform with a very high level of excellence, with an expectation that this proficiency would display itself through public performances, recordings, and/or a high standard of teaching.
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  • Students who complete this course will be expected to have reached a very high level of performance excellence, which will display itself through public stage performances, studio recordings, and/or teaching excellence.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Performance Excellence
    At the completion of this course, students should have mastered their discipline to a level that equates to a high national professional level. This should include performances of solo, chamber music and concerto repertoire, and will be displayed through public stage performance, studio recordings, and teaching excellence.


For solo instrumentalists, this course is assessed on three components:

i) A public recital given at the end of the academic year. The recital should be approximately 90 minutes long including a 10 minute interval.

ii) Performance of one or two chamber works and/or a major concerto.

iii) An oral Viva Voce examination of half an hour during which you will be required to comment on a wide range of aspects of your repertoire, technique and musical style. Candidates will be questioned on the background and context of the pieces included in the MMus recital. Candidates should know how their repertoire fits within the composers' oeuvres, their instrument's repertoire and with what other composers were doing at the same time. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a familiarity with artistic movements in relevant composition styles. Candidates should be knowledgeable about the performance history of the repertoire presented. An ability to give a basic structural analysis of each work and to answer some questions on specific technical or musical issues that may have arisen during the recital or their preparation of it is also expected. Questions aimed at investigating the candidate's general musical understanding may be included.

For singers the course may vary in relation to the number of public performances and other involvement.

A panel usually comprising the student’s performance tutor, an external examiner, and one or more members of the Conservatorium of Music academic staff will grade the recital.

In the final recital the student must adhere to the repertoire agreed with the tutor.

Percentages of the final course mark:

Recital - 70%

Concerto/Chamber Music - 20%

Viva Voce -10%

With the exception of the Viva Voce, these weightings, components and performances may vary for singers.

EACH COMPONENT MUST BE PASSED WITH A MINIMUM OF 50% FOR A PASS TO BE CONFERRED AT MASTERS LEVEL. A fail in any one component constitutes a fail of the whole Masters qualification.

Final recital will be scheduled in discussion with your supervisor. The final recital dates are not negotiable.


Students are required to write their own set of programme notes covering the recital pieces. These need to be computer set and clearly laid out correctly. In preparation for the final recital, a copy of the programme notes along with a copy of each score used must be handed to the Music Administrator at least two weeks before the recital date. (Notes must be in the candidate’s own words. All notes will be checked for plagiarism.)

The completion of these programme notes will considered as a component of the recital mark.

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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. Final Recital Presentation
2. Chamber Music
3. Viva Voce
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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The is no required reading unless specifically give by your individual performance tutor.
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Recommended Readings

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Particular recommended readings will be discussed with you by your individual performance tutor.
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Other Resources

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Attending external public performances by touring artists, reading, watching performances of, and listening to scores that are pertinent to your studies, in order to broaden your understanding of the works, in support of the tuition the tutor is providing.
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Online Support

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All feedback will be delivered in written form via Moodle.
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At this Masters level, students are expected to be practising up to 6 hours per day on their instrument. Vocal students are expected to undertake vocal work for 2 - 3 hours per day, and the remainder of your practice will be 'dry practice', language preparation, text analysis, stagecraft development. All research should be considered an additional exercise and should take up to 3-4 hours per week.
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