BMACP502 – Introduction to Ensemble Performance

Module code
Module title
Introduction to Ensemble Performance
The ensemble module is designed to place students in real life playing situations, preparing them for live performance, recording/session work and arranging situations with other musicians. Students will develop a repertoire of pieces in a range of contemporary music styles. Students will develop a vocabulary and skills for ensemble performance situations. The skills and abilities that students acquire through individual lessons will be applied in various ensemble styles/genres of playing contem
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
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
- produce oral and written descriptions of self practice
- maintain a written log book recording group 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 ensemble practice
- develop and test rationales for ensemble performance and conduct conventional presentations of outcomes
- interpret and articulate acquired and developed techniques in various contemporary genres

2.2 Understand selected concepts and their application to many contemporary music performance environments
- examine current and historical conventions in the performance environment
- apply appropriate contemporary music terminology in the analysis of selected styles of music
- discuss the process of ensemble performance in a live stage presentation (stagecraft) and a studio environment
- demonstrate solo and ensemble performance skills for selected performance conventions

2.3 Develop leadership skills for the performance of contemporary music
- develop and apply skills in leading a musical performance group
- use appropriate instrumentalist/s for particular musical/cultural contexts
- develop communication skills for effective collaboration with other instrumental performers
- develop skills as a soloist in various musical styles within an ensemble

2.4 Develop musicianship skills appropriate to the realisation of contemporary musical works
- develop the ability to analyse contemporary styles in context to assist in successful interpretation of different musical genres
- discuss and develop sight reading skills and practice
- acquire skills in chart/score reading and apply these to various contemporary music styles
- use appropriate embellishments and articulations appropriate to the style being performed
- identify a range of scale and arpeggio patterns

2.5 Examine and practice concepts associated with ensemble performance
- discuss individual professional performance practices in a variety of settings
- acquire skills in improvisation both in live and session situations
- critique a variety of professional performances of many differing genres

2.6 Understand 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'
Solo or lead breaks
Group (preparation of solos within the ensemble)

3.3 Ensemble 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 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 Journal
Students will be required to maintain a regular journal which reflects on the learning gained from the ensemble (working as a group) and individual musical development

Assignment 2 Rehearsals - Tutor Critique
The rehearsal assessment will include but not be limited to the following:
-musical content
-communication between ensemble members
-demonstration of effective rehearsal processes

Assignment 3 Rehearsals Peer Critique
The rehearsal assessment will include but not be limited to the following:
-musical content
-communication between ensemble members
-demonstration of effective rehearsal processes

Assignment 4 Performance
The performance will include all of the aspects of performance assessment, through to a higher degree of difficulty.
-The programme will consist of four pieces to be performed in contrasting styles with a total duration of no more than 25 minutes.
-The tutor must approve of the programme
-At least 1 item is to be performed from memory. Programme Notes on the selected works must be provided.

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 Journal 20 percent

Assignment 2 Rehearsals - Tutor Critique 10 percent

Assignment 3 Rehearsals - Peer Critique 10 percent

Assignment 4 Performance 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