MUSA141-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Performance Major 1A

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


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.

The course aims to develop technical skills, musical knowledge and understanding in an instrument or voice, through regular lessons, practice and rehearsal culminating in performances and an end-of-semester assessment. It also develops knowledge of the repertoire for the specific instrument or voice, as well as build concert performance repertoire for each student.
Public performance is strongly encouraged so that students begin to develop strengths in this area: to this end, students enrolled in this course are expected to be available for at least four of the Friday lunchtime (1:10-2pm) concerts held in the Arts Centre Recital Room to perform and/or support (by listening to) their community of fellow students, performance staff and selected guests.
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.

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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


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
• 18 – 36 hours attending Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30) / other performance classes and/or masterclasses
• 4 – 12 hours attending and/or performing at UC Friday lunchtime concerts
• 90 – 116 hours individual practice, rehearsals, final performance

Course Coordinator

Mark Menzies


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

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 the Friday lunchtime performances, as well participation in the Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30), and any Performance Class specific to their instrument (if in addition).

The performance examination will be of approximately 15-25 minutes’ duration, and can include repertoire and/or exercises focused on technical development, and will include at least two short recital pieces*
30% of the examination grade could be based on "technical" material relevant to the instrument/voice such as scales and arpeggios, etudes and technical studies, orchestral excerpts, vocalise exercises, and works that have a strongly technical component, rather than an artistic/interpretive one**
40% will be based on the artistic performance of solo (or small ensemble) repertoire, and will take into account performance demeanour and presentation, interpretative insight, as well as the successful integration of developing “technical” mastery.

* n.b. please note, music performance courses are not eligible for aegrotat consideration
** n.b. in the case of some instruments (e.g. brass) it may be deemed appropriate to examine this part of the assessment separately

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,600.00

* 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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  • MUSA141-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018