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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 last course in a sequence of performance courses: at this stage, the student is 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 solo and ensemble 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.
Student workload (300 hours) will be allocated to:• 12 hours attending lessons• 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 performanceAll workshops, lessons and other course-related activities are subject to what is advisable under COVID conditions.
Individual Performance Teachers are assigned to each student
Teacher’s grade for participation in the individual lessons and performance classes 20%Workshops: attendance at the Combined Performance Workshop as well as a Performance Class appropriate to the participant’s instrument or voice 10%One end-of semester concert performance with programme notes (scheduled between June 8–18th) 70%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 5:00-6:30), 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 6:30-8:30pm in the Arts Centre Recital Room.Performance Classes are scheduled as:Brass Tuesday 3-4:30pm Recital Room“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 RoomStrings – “Quartets +” Wednesday 3pm Recital RoomPiano Wednesday 7pm Recital RoomPercussion ensemble Thursday 4-6pm 35 Creyke RoadThe 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. See the following library resource on programme notes for more info on how to create one: https://canterbury.libguides.com/musa/programme-notesIf 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.
Domestic fee $1,784.00
International fee $8,625.00
* 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