MUSA341-20S1 (A) Semester One 2020 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Performance Major 3A

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      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 or higher, and at least 30 pts from MUSA100, MUSA101, MUSA120, MUSA121, MUSA122, MUSA125, MUSA131, MUSA200, MUSA220, MUSA221, MUSA223, MUSA226, MUSA250


MUSI 341

Timetable Note

Student workload (300 hours) will be allocated to:
• 12 hours attending lessons
• 18 – 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
• 240 – 266 hours individual practice, rehearsals, working with accompanist, final performance

Course Coordinator

Mark Menzies

Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation 20% Participation in the individual lessons and performance classes
Workshops 10% Attendance at the Combined Performance Workshop as well as a Performance Class appropriate to the participant’s instrument or voice
Concert Performance 70% One end-of semester concert performance

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, technical mastery gained through the semester, breadth of engagement with the repertoire, and participation in the Friday lunchtime performances.

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:
Brass - Tuesday 3-4:30pm - Recital Room
“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 3:30pm - Camerata Room
Strings – “Quartets +” - Wednesday 3pm - Recital Room
Piano - Wednesday 7pm - Recital Room
Percussion (ensemble) - TBA

The 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. For this performance, programme notes must be provided by the student to Mikaela O’Neill, UC Arts Administrator, at least two weeks prior to the performance.

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

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,735.00

International fee $8,000.00

* 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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  • MUSA341-20S1 (A) Semester One 2020 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)