BMACP501 – Introduction to Performance

Module code
Module title
Introduction to Performance
The module is designed to enable students to develop proficiency on their principal instrument. It introduces students to various styles of contemporary music within their social and cultural contexts. Giving students the ability to perform in a variety of settings. Students will acquire an understanding of scales, arpeggios, chord voicing, improvisation, sight-reading and their application to various styles of playing in contemporary music.
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1 Understand selected discourses and practices and their relevance to contemporary music performance
produce written comparisons and analyses of selected scores/texts
maintain a daily written log book recording their individual practice
use conventional forms of writing to analyse scores/texts
participate in contemporary performance presentations
critically reflect upon relationships between representative contemporary texts, examples of work and self practice
develop and test rationales for self practice and conduct conventional presentations of outcomes
interpret and articulate acquired and developed techniques in various contemporary genres

2.2Understand selected concepts and their application in many contemporary music performance environments
examine current and historical conventions in the performance environment
apply appropriate contemporary music terminology
describe the process of performance in live and studio environments
demonstrate solo performance skills in selected performance situations
identify notated music which will then be interpreted and performed

2.3Develop musicianship skills for the performance of contemporary musical works
analyse contemporary styles in context to assist in successful interpretation of different musical genres
discuss and develop sight reading skills
acquire skills in chart reading
use the conventions of embellishment and articulation in a selected performance style
identify and use a range of scale and arpeggio patterns

2.4Examine and practice concepts associated with performance
develop individual professional performance practices in a variety of settings
e.g. solo performance, group performance and studio sessions
acquire and develop skills in improvisation both in live and session situations
attend and critique a variety of professional performances
participate in the technical (stagecraft) aspects of a performance

2.5Understand assessment methodology within the context of an educational institution
develop a vocabulary for discussing work
demonstrate an ability to interpret and analyse objectives
participate in both formal and informal class performances and group discussions
be involved in formative assessment
3.1The 'live' performance

3.2 The 'session'
Group (preparation of solos within the ensemble)

3.3 Performance concepts
Analysis of spiritual and cultural values
Historical and contemporary performance
Presentation skills
Performance values
Performance by memory
Genre characteristics in performance
Identifying and dealing appropriately with different performance environments

3.4 Practice
A practice log book
Time management
Networking with other musicians and performers

3.5Rehearsing versus Practicing
Structured rehearsal and practice techniques maintaining cultural values and customs
Musical analysis; interpreting the music of a specific genre for performance

3.6 Improvisation
Developing improvisation skills and techniques

3.7Performance Psychology
Performance planning and preparation
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lecturer provides teaching of relevant knowledge of the chosen instrument.
Lecturer provides industry or professional focus in project brief
Students research briefs to extend and individualise performance projects
Students identify problems with their performance process and adopt strategies to address those problems
Lecturer prescribes issues. Students identify specific questions in relation to those issues
Students participate in formal assessed performance situations
Students contribute to the delivery of course content
Students negotiate and define criteria and procedures for graded assessment
Graded assessment performed by self, peers and tutor
Assessment Criteria
Assignment 1 Performance Workshop
Students will be required to perform each term and performances are assessed by the department of music and the students' peers (for written comment only).

Assignment 2 Performance
The assignment will include all of the aspects of the performance assessment.
The performance will consist of a minimum of twenty-five minutes of music or four pieces of music and are to be performed in contrasting styles/genres and tempi at an appropriate performance level.
The instrumental tutor must approve of the programme.
A minimum of two of these items are to be played from memory. Programme Notes on the selected works must be provided.

Assignment 3 Examination
The exam will include all of the aspects of the performance assessments, through to a higher degree of difficulty.
The exam will consist of a minimum of twenty-five minutes of music or four pieces and are to be performed in contrasting styles/genres and tempi at an appropriate performance level.
The instrumental tutor must approve of the programme.
All items are to be played from memory. Programme Notes on the selected works must be provided.

Other tests will include:
Sight-reading: the student will be given an unknown piece to sight-read at the test.
Improvisation: the student will be given a chord chart/lead sheet for a piece at the test. The student will be required to improvise over this piece (a backing track may be used).
Accompanying - chords/inversions/voicings (where applicable): the student will be given a chord chart and/or lead sheet at the test. Students will be required to create a stylistically appropriate accompaniment for the piece.
Scales and arpeggios (where applicable): students will be required to play scales and arpeggios as requested by the examiner. Instrument specific techniques: students will be required to demonstrate specific techniques covered during the course as requested by the examiner.

Programme Notes
Programme notes must include the title of the piece, the composer, lyricist and any other information relating to the style or genre. (Minimum 300 words)

Assignment 1 Performance Workshop (compulsory) 10 percent

Assignment 2 Performance 30 percent

Assignment 3 Examination 60 percent

To pass this module, students must complete all assignments and accumulate an overall module mark of no less than 50 percent.

WINTEC provides a Te Reo policy which must be adhered to (The Media Arts Handbook)
Attendance requirements of the Department of Media Arts must be observed