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Performance work involving weekly individual lessons, performance classes and ensemble training in an approved instrument (or in voice) and the presentation of a public recital.
The course aims to develop technical skills, musical knowledge and understanding in an instrument or voice, through regular lessons, practice and rehearsal culminating in performances and an end-of-semester assessment. It also develops knowledge of the repertoire for the specific instrument or voice, as well as build concert performance repertoire for each student. Public performance is strongly encouraged so that students begin to develop strengths in this area: to this end, students enrolled in this course are required to attend 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 fifth course in a sequence that leads the student towards MUSA342, in which the student will be expected to demonstrate a high level of performance to an external audience.
Students who pass this course will have developed:Further technical performance skills in an instrument or voice;Advanced music understanding through performance in an instrument or voice;Wide knowledge of repertoire for a specific instrument or voice;Professional preparation and performing skills;Enhanced public performing skills, including public speaking and engagement with one’s community.Transferable skills: Public performing; setting and achieving goals; time management; performance under pressure; self-assessment and 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.
MUSA242 with a C grade orhigher, and at least 30 pts from MUSA100, MUSA101, MUSA120, MUSA121, MUSA122, MUSA125, MUSA131, MUSA200, MUSA220, MUSA221, MUSA223, MUSA226, MUSA250
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Student workload (300 hours) will be allocated to:• 12 hours attending lessons• 18 – 36 hours attending Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30) / other performance classes and/or masterclasses• 4 – 12 hours attending and/or performing at UC Friday lunchtime concerts• 240 – 266 hours individual practice, rehearsals, working with accompanist, 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 year, technical mastery gained through the year, breadth of engagement with the repertoire, participation in the Friday lunchtime performances, as well participation in the Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30), and any Performance Class specific to their instrument (if in addition).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 end-of semester concert performance will be an assessed public recital of approximately 30-40 minutes duration consisting of solo and/or small ensemble works. Performance demeanor will contribute to the examination marks, as will the programme notes provided by the student. Programme notes must be provided by the student to Mikaela O’Neill, UC Arts Administrator, at least two weeks prior to each examination.Please note that music performance courses are not eligible for aegrotat consideration.
Domestic fee $1,701.00
International fee $7,550.00
* 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.