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Advanced study in, and mastery of, the performance of an instrument or voice.
The course aims to develop technical skills, musical knowledge and understanding in an instrument or voice, through regular lessons with one of our exciting teachers. The course introduces methods of practice and rehearsals that lead to a major public performance at the conclusion of each semester. 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 development of the public performance skills expected of the student, an essential part of the course is a weekly combined performance workshop (Wednesday 5–6:30pm): covered at this workshop are a whole range of performance-related issues, such as efficient/helpful use of the body, dealing with possible performance anxiety, developing an artistic “voice”, and advice on career development; guest presenters are a regular feature of the semester’s schedule. The workshop also explores at least one ensemble project in the semester for performance featured on one or more prominent concerts in Christchurch. Past repertoire has included John Cage’s Ryoanji, Terry Riley’s In C (for the 2017 Christchurch Festival of the Arts), John Zorn’s Cobra, and Monteverdi’s Madrigals of War and Love. Ensemble repertoire for 2019 will be announced at the start of the semester.Friday lunchtime concerts – held at 1:10pm at the Arts Centre location Recital Room – are available for students’ performances: to perform at, and also to support by listening to their community of fellow students, as well as the performance staff and selected guests that are on occasion invited to perform.
Students who pass this course will have developed:Superior technical performance skills in an instrument or voice; Advanced performance skills in an instrument or voice;A superior 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.
MUSA342 or MUSI341 with a grade of B+ or higher, and approval of Head of School
WORKLOADStudent workload (600 hours) will be allocated to:• 36 hours individual lessons• 36 hours Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5:00-6:30)• 528 hours practice and rehearsal
Course TeachersLessons available in all string instruments, piano, harpsichord, organ, voice, contemporary voice, guitar, lute, contemporary guitar, contemporary percussion, percussion, all brass and woodwind instruments.
Assessment is based on two public performance recitals/concerts/gigs, each examined by an external examiner and moderated by a member of the School of Music staff. The first examination will be worth 40% of the final grade, and the second examination will be worth 60%.Examination 1: Mid-year recital (scheduled in June) of up to 45 minutes duration that includes one major work and demonstrates a working understanding of projecting a performance in different styles and/or approaches.Examination 2: Full recital programme (scheduled October/November) of up to 50 minutes duration of material different from the mid-year recital, including one major work and demonstrates an imaginative and perceptive capacity to perform in a range of styles and/or approaches.
Domestic fee $4,007.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.