Ensemble Performance - CMAT5070

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Ruth Herbert checkmark-circle


This module develops your facility and versatility as a performer in the context of small ensembles, band workshops and performances. It provides an opportunity to develop and nurture a comfortable working relationship with peers over an extended period. The focus is on building a solid understanding of key aspects of ensemble performance, including the importance of shaping passages as a group, communicating throughout a performance, maintaining a coherent approach to dynamics and tempo changes. You will consider how to recognise and appreciate the approach of other musicians, absorbing details and articulation that will differ from one performance to the next. You will also be introduced to practical techniques that will streamline your preparation and maximise use of rehearsal time. The practice and rehearsal diary functions as a reflective tool where students evaluate and further explore techniques introduced in the primarily practice-focused group sessions.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Independent Study Hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

This module will be assessed by 100% coursework.

Workshop Contribution - 10%
Practice and Rehearsal Diary (1,000 words) - 20%
Ensemble Performance (25 min) - 70%

Reassessment methods

Coursework 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Baron, J. (2010). Chamber Music: A Research and Information Guide. London: Routledge.
Hinson, M, & Roberts, W. (2006). The Piano in Chamber Ensemble: An Annotated Guide. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Moore, A. (2001). Rock: The Primary Text: Towards a Musicology of Rock. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Parncutt R. & McPherson, G. (2002). The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Stephenson, K. (2002). What to Listen for in Rock. London: Yale University Press.
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 a critical understanding of music production techniques relevant to contemporary music;
2) combine live music with technology, demonstrating an understanding of the advanced characteristics of performance and how they intersect with technology;
3) demonstrate skill and judgement in the creation and production of their own compositions;
4) understand advanced theories of contemporary music composition and production and be able to apply them to their own work.

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

1) use industry standard hardware and software;
2) be self-critical of work in progress and respond to the critical insights of others;
3) prioritise tasks and manage time and resources effectively;
4) demonstrate flexibility of thought and an ability to change and develop ideas and materials.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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