BMACP503 – Elementary Performance

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Module code
BMACP503
Module title
Elementary Performance
Prescription
The aim of this module is to extend and enhance the students' level of proficiency on their principal instrument. The module will further develop skills and techniques acquired in Introduction to Performance. Students will continue to develop their understanding of scales, arpeggios, chord voicings, improvisation, sight-reading and their application in various styles of playing in contemporary music.
Programmes
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
15
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
90
Self directed hours
60
Total learning hours
150
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1 Understand selected discourses and practices and their relevance to 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

2.2 Understand 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 in the analysis of selected styles of music
-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

2.3 Develop leadership skills for the performance of contemporary music
-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 the conventions of embellishment and articulation in a selected performance style
-identify and use a range of scale and arpeggio patterns

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 styles/genres
-acquire sight reading skills


2.5 Examine and practice concepts associated with performance
-discuss individual professional performance practices in a variety of settings
-acquire skills in improvisation both in live and studio session situations
-attend and critique a variety of professional performances
-participate in the technical (stagecraft) aspects of a performance

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
Content
3.1The 'live' performance
Solo

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

3.3 Performance concepts
Analysis of spiritual and cultural values
Historical and contemporary performance
Stagecraft
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