MUSA141-22S1 (A) Semester One 2022 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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 of an instrument or voice, through regular lessons, practice and rehearsals that lead to two (or more) public perfor-mances through the semester. The course also develops knowledge of repertoire for the specific in-strument 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 (Monday 6:30-8pm); also required is attendance at a Perfor-mance 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 Recit-al Room to perform and/or support (by listening to) their community of fellow students, perfor-mance staff and selected guests.
All these activities are subject to what is advisable under COVID conditions.  
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

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; and
▪ 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 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Optional A (Optional)
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 20:00 35 Creyke Road 112-Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
02 Thursday 18:30 - 20:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 15:30 - 17:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
02 Wednesday 12:30 - 14:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
03 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:30 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
04 Thursday 16:30 - 18:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
06 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:30 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:30 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 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

All workshops, lessons and other course-related activities are subject to what is advisable under COVID conditions.

Course Coordinator

Mark Menzies

Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student


Teacher’s Grade 30%
Combined Performance Workshop attendance and engagement 10%
Performance Class appropriate to the participant’s instrument or voice 10%
Public Performance 1 with self-reflection 25%
Public Performance 2 with self-reflection 25%

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 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 (Monday 6:30-8pm), and any Performance 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 connected with the Consortia singers & band; this will meet on Thursdays at 6:30-8:30 in the Arts Centre Recital Room.

Performance Classes are scheduled as:

Brass Ensemble Tuesday 1:15-2:45pm Recital Room
Voice Workshop (“classical”) Wednesday 12:30-2pm Recital Room
(Both “classical” and “contemporary” vocalists are welcome at both workshops – with the distinction provided to facilitate the particular focus of the student)
Strings Wednesday 3pm Recital Room
Piano Workshop Wednesday 7pm Recital Room
Wind Ensemble Thursday 4:30-6pm Camerata Room
Percussion Ensemble Thursday 4-6pm 35 Creyke Road
Contemporary Workshop (voice, guitar, drums et al) Friday 3:30-5pm Recital Room

A minimum of two public performances throughout the semester, either on the Friday lunchtime concert series, at the Combined Performance workshops (Monday at 6:30pm) 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. The 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.

If COVID conditions make public performances impossible, submission of a video performance will be possible: should it be necessary this will be facilitated through the School of Music.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system


Use of Technology
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:

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,313.00

* 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 .

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