MUSIC524-21X (HAM)

Advanced Performance

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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 to the standard of high quality professional performer. 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.

Students will be expected to develop a consummate knowledge of their recital repertoire both from a musical and musicological angle. Study towards the background of the works they are preparing should be such that they complete this course with extensive knowledge of their works' composers, their contemporaries and the place of these works in the development of the history of music. They should be aware of 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 prebooked performance slots can be viewed on the google calendar ‘Music Student Information Calendar.’ Student bookings are to be done through the google 'Friday Performance Class Booking Calendar'. For access to these calendars email a university or gmail email address to the Music Administrator.

(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 source and where required purchase scores.


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 as many quality classical music performances as possible such as those organised by Chamber Music New Zealand and given by the NZSO and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and NZ Opera. The University of Waikato holds a Wednesday lunchtime series which is free for students. 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.


Performing in events outside the Conservatorium of Music is encouraged but should be discussed with the lecturer at the outset of the planning process.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate Excellence at Professional Level

    The performer will perform with technical fluency and experienced musical understanding, marrying technical control and musicianship to perform with a vast array of musical colours. The musical narrative will be a personal musical story rather than one that needs to draw upon or copy another's performance ideas.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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This course has three assessed components:

i) Recital 70% A public recital given at the end of the academic year approximately 90 minutes long including a 10 minute interval. The final recital dates are set by the Conservatorium of Music and are not negotiable. The conservatorium should be notified of dates that may be problematic for the candidate early in the academic year. Repertoire agreed with the tutor must be adhered to for this performance.

ii) Chamber music/ Concerto 20%

A performance of one or two chamber works and/or a major concerto.

iii) Viva Voce 10%

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 that you will have prepared for through self-study. 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.

With the exception of the Viva Voce, these weighting, components and performances may vary for singers as may the number of public performances and other involvement.

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.


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.)

Programme notes should be public recital standard both in content and language style. Poorly written programme notes will detract from the recital grade up to total of 10%.

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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. 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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Extensive reading is required for this course as preparation for the Viva Voce exam. Students themselves should identify and source appropriate materials for gaining detailed knowledge of their repertoire, as well as revising their general music history knowledge.
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Online Support

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The University of Waikato library has extensive access to online musicological resources which should be utilised for Viva Voce study.
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Students should allocate around 6 hours per day for performance-related work. 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. Viva Voce study requires a further 5-6 further dedicated hours each week.
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