Individual and Group Performance - CMAT3110

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Richard Perks checkmark-circle


The module will focus upon the development of performance skills, an understanding of approaches to effective regular practice and professional presentational considerations. Skills and understanding are promoted through individual instrumental / vocal lessons and weekly performance workshops. Students will develop their musicianship by listening to others and by performing themselves regularly, both as soloists and as part of a group. Some workshops will have a stylistic focus which will provide guidance on idiomatic performance conventions, enabling students to develop the broad skillset needed to tackle the demands of the current professional music industry. Students will work towards an assessed 5-6 minute final public performance, plus a written performance plan/critical reflection.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 27
Private Study Hours: 123
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Contribution to Workshop – 20%
Written Plan and Review (750 words) – 20%
Final Public Performance (5-6 minutes) – 60%

Reassessment methods


Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Harnum, J. (2014). The Practice of Practice: Get Better Faster. Chicago: Sol Ut Press.
Kageyama, N. (2017). The Bulletproof Musician Blog.
Available at
Parncutt R. & McPherson, G. (2002). The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
St George, J. M. (2012). 'Learning Patterns in Music Practice: Links Between Disposition, Practice Strategies and Outcomes'. Music Education Research 14 (2).
Williamson, A. (2004). Strategies and Techniques for Enhancing Performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an understanding of the repertoire and role of their principal instrument of study (instrumental or vocal), both as a solo performer and as part of a group;
2 Demonstrate an appropriate level of performance skill on their principal choice of study;
3 Communicate music using musicianship, technique and stylistic language;
4 Demonstrate a range of activities in their practice regime such as technical studies, learning and memorising of work, focused playing of repertoire, improvisation and

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Be self-critical of work in progress, responding to group peer criticism and the critical insights of others, and investigating and assessing alternative methods and
2 Prioritise tasks and work efficiently on a project over an extended period of time;
3 Demonstrate flexibility of thought and an openness to new thinking.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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