MUSA143-17W (C) Whole Year 2017

Performance (Non-Major) 1

15 points
20 Feb 2017 - 19 Nov 2017


This course enables students to develop technical skills in an instrument or voice, music knowledge and understanding through performance on an instrument or with voice, and develop knowledge of the repertoire for that specific instrument or voice. It is designed for students from a non-Performance major (or a non-music degree), or for Performance Major students who wish to study a relevant second instrument (or possibly voice).

It also begins the development of a concert performance repertoire for each student.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have developed:
*  technical performance skills in an instrument or voice;
*  music understanding through performance on an instrument or voice;
*  knowledge 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, preparation skills, performance skills, 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 2017

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:30 Arts Centre 1 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:30 Arts Centre 1 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Timetable Note

Students will attend individual lessons and performance classes.
Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
*  12-18 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-year performance examination (between 17 October and 5 November).
Participation 30% Teacher's grade for participation in the individual lessons and performance classes

A 'mock' examination mid-year, offering formative feedback, is offered for all MUSA143 students whose teachers consider this desirable.

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 Class (Wed 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, 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/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.

 *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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