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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).
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 year, one of which is an end-of-year assessment concert.The course also develops 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.
Technical performance skills in an instrument or voice;Musicianship demonstrated 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.
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Student workload (150 hours) is allocated:• 12 hours attending lessons• 36 hours attending Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30) / other performance classes and/or masterclasses• 8 – 24 hours attending and/or performing at UC Friday lunchtime concerts• 78 – 106 hours individual practice, rehearsals, final performancesAll workshops, lessons and other course-related activities are subject to what is advisable under COVID conditions.
Semester 1 Course Coordinator - Justin deHartSemester 2 Course Coordinator - Mark MenziesIndividual 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 year.Participation in the Combined Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm), and any Performance Class specific to their instrument (if in addition) are an important support system to the learning environment provided by private lessons. For this year, all vocalists will take part in a performance project connected with the Consortia singers & band; this will meet on Thursdays at 6:30-8:30pm.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 3pm - Camerata RoomStrings – “Beethoven ±” - Wednesday 3pm - Recital RoomPiano - Wednesday 7pm - Recital RoomPercussion (ensemble) - Thursday 4-6pm - 35 Creyke RoadThe two (or more) performances through the year 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. Feedback is provided immediately following the performance(s) – in the case of the Friday lunchtime concerts, in the half-hour following the concert; following that, the student is asked to submit a self-reflection on the performance taking into account this feedback as well as the process leading to the performance.The end-of-year 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, interpretative insight, as well as the successful integration of developing “technical” mastery. The student is asked to submit a self-reflection on the performance taking into account this feed-back as well as the process leading to the performance within one week of each performance.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.Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
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.
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Humanities and Creative Arts