MUSA141-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Performance Major 1A

15 points
20 Feb 2017 - 25 Jun 2017


Students develop technical skills in an instrument or voice, music knowledge and understanding through performance on an instrument or with voice, and develop a knowledge of the repertoire for that specific instrument or voice. This course is only available to students in the Mus.B.

Public performance is also encouraged so that students begin to develop strengths in this area.  This is the first course in a sequence that leads the student towards MUSA342, in which the student will be expected to demonstrate a high level of performance to an external audience.

Students will attend individual lessons and performance classes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have developed:
*  technical performance skills in an instrument or voice;
*  music understanding through performance in an instrument or voice;
*  a knowledge of repertoire for a specific instrument or voice;
*  a body of repertoire for a specific instrument or voice;
*  public performing skills, including public speaking and engagement with one's community;
*  Transferable skills:  Setting and achieving goals; time management; performance under pressure; persistence; self-motivation, connection to community.


An audition, and approval by Head of School. While the MusB degree does not have a special deadline, there is a deadline for audition applications: the third Friday in October of the preceding year.



Timetable Note


Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
*  12 hours attending lessons
*  12-30 hours attending performance workshop (Wed 5.00-6.30)/ other performance classes and/or masterclasses
*  102-126 hours individual practice, rehearsals, final performance

Course Coordinator

Mark Menzies

Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Performance Examination 70% End-of-Semester performance examination scheduled between 6 and 16 June.
Participation 30% Teacher's grade for participation in individual lessons and performance classes

The performance examination will be of approximately 15-25 minutes' duration, including technical exercises and at least two short recital pieces.*  
30% will be based on "technical" material relevant to the instrument/voice such as scales and arpeggios, etudes and technical studies, orchestral excerpts, vocalise exercises, works that have a strongly technical component rather than an artistic/interpretative one.**  
40% will be based on the artistic performance of solo (or small ensemble) repertoire, and will take into account performance demeanour and presentation.

The teacher's grade will consider such things as: an assessment of punctuality and reliability in attending lessons, consistency of practice and learning through the year, technical mastery gained through the year, breadth of engagement with the repertoire, participation in their Performance Workshop (Wed 5.00-6.30), and any Performance Class specific to their instrument (if in addition).

 * NB: Music performance courses are not eligible for aegrotat consideration
** NB: In the case of some instruments (eg, brass) it may be deemed appropriate to examine this part of the assessment separately.


Use of Technology

This course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer to access material for your course.  Your written work will be handwritten and submitted in class time.

You will be required to access our learning management system – LEARN – and to become familiar with its tools.  LEARN provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials.  For help using LEARN, refer to:

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:

A+  90–100;    A   85–89;    A-  80–84;    B+   75–79;    B 70–74;    B-   65–69;     C+  60–64;     C  55–59;     C- 50–54;     D  40–49;   E  0–39
In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which will be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $817.00

International fee $3,525.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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