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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 rehearsals that lead to three (or more) public performances through the semester, one of which is an end-of-semester assessment concert. The course also devel-ops knowledge of repertoire for the specific instrument or voice, as well as a working knowledge of chamber and ensemble music that includes it. To support the public performance skills expected of the student, attendance is required at a weekly Combined Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5–6:30pm); also required is attendance at a Performance Class related specifically to their instrument/voice; and the students are also 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 superior professional level of performance.
Students who pass this course will have developed:Technical performance skills in an instrument or voice;Musicianship demonstrated through performance in an instrument or voice;A knowledge of solo and ensemble repertoire for a specific instrument or voice;A body of solo and ensemble 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.
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.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that 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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Student workload (150 hours) reflects the intensity of this course, and is allocated:• 12 hours attending lessons• 18 – 36 hours attending Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm) / 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
Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student
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 semester, growth of the students’ technical mastery, and breadth of engagement with the repertoire. The teacher’s grade could also include assessments from one or more technical exams set during the semester; these would not be public performances.Participation in the Combined Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30), and any Performance Class specific to their instrument (if in addition) are an important support system to the learning envi-ronment provided by the teacher.Performance Classes are scheduled as:“Contemporary” music – voice, guitar, drums et al - Tuesday 5-6:30pm - Recital RoomVoice (“classical”) - Wednesday 12:30-2pm - Recital Room(note: voice students, both “classical” and “contemporary”, are welcome at both workshops – with the distinction provided to facilitate the particular focus of the student)Winds - Wednesday 3:30pm - Camerata RoomBrass - TBAStrings – “Quartets +” - Wednesday 3pm - Recital RoomPiano - Wednesday 7pm - Recital RoomPercussion (ensemble) - TBAThe two (or more) performances through the semester ask the student to aspire to an artistic performance of solo – or small ensemble repertoire that features the student’s instrument or voice – with stage presence, interpretative insight, as well as the successful integration of a developing “technical” mastery. The end-of-semester performance will be of approximately 15-25 minutes duration, and will include at least two short recital pieces; these can include repeat performances of repertoire presented during the semester, and can include small ensemble repertoire as appropriate – the assessment will, like the other performances, take into account performance demeanour and presentation, interpretative insight, as well as the successful integration of developing “technical” mastery.Please note that music performance courses are not eligible for aegrotat consideration.
Domestic fee $850.00
International fee $3,775.00
* 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.