MUSA141-21S1 (A) Semester One 2021 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Performance Major 1A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
    • 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.

      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.


Subject to approval of the Head of School following an audition.



Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 17:00 - 18:30 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room 22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Wednesday 12:30 - 14:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room 22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
03 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:30 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room 22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
04 Thursday 16:30 - 18:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
05 Wednesday 18:30 - 20:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room 22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
06 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 35 Creyke Road 112-Recital Room 22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
07 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:30 Art Centre - Studio A
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) reflects the intensity of this course, and is allocated:
• 12 hours attending lessons
• 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 and performances

Course Coordinator

Justin DeHart

Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student


Teacher’s grade for participation in the individual lessons, and any technical exams that has been scheduled during the semester   20%
Workshops: attendance at the Combined Performance Workshop as well as a Performance Class appropriate to the participant’s instrument or voice   10%
A minimum of two public performances throughout the semester, either on the Friday lunchtime concert series, at the combined performance workshops (Wednesdays at 5pm) or another venue, as arranged with the Head of Performance; a self-reflection needs to be submitted on LEARN within one week of each performance   40%
One end-of semester concert performance (scheduled between June 8–18th) 30%

The teacher’s grade will consider such things as: an assessment of punctuality and reliability in at-tending lessons, consistency of practice and learning through the semester, growth of the student’s 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.

Participation in the Combined Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm), and any Perfor-mance Class specific to their instrument are important support systems to the learning environment provided by private lessons. All vocalists are encouraged to take part in a performance project con-nected with the Consortia singers & band; this will meet on Thursdays at 6:30-8:30pm in the Arts Centre Recital Room.

Performance Classes are scheduled as:
“Contemporary” music – voice, guitar, drums et al Tuesday 5-6:30pm Recital Room
Voice (“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 3pm Camerata Room
Strings – “Beethoven ±” Wednesday 3pm Recital Room
Piano Wednesday 7pm Recital Room
Percussion ensemble Thursday 4-6pm 35 Creyke Road

The two (or more) performances through the semester ask the student to aspire to an artistic perfor-mance 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 “tech-nical” mastery. The student is asked to submit a self-reflection on the performance taking into ac-count this feedback as well as the process leading to the performance within one week of each per-formance.

The end-of-semester performance will be of approximately 15-25 minutes duration, and will include at a minimum 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, interpreta-tive insight, as well as the successful integration of developing “technical” mastery.

Please note that music performance courses are not eligible for aegrotat consideration.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All MUSA141 Occurrences

  • MUSA141-21S1 (A) Semester One 2021 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)
  • MUSA141-21S2 (A) Semester Two 2021 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)