BMACP602 – Intermediate Ensemble Performance A

Module code
Module title
Intermediate Ensemble Performance A
The ensemble module is designed to place students in real life playing situations, further preparing them for live performance, recording/session work and arranging situations with other musicians. Students will extend their repertoire of pieces in a range of contemporary music styles. Students will develop a vocabulary and necessary skills for ensemble performance situations. The skills and abilities that students acquire through individual lessons will be applied in various ensemble styles/gen
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1 Understand a process which advances the structured and reflective refinement of a contemporary music performance brief
-identify the situations and issues set in the course brief
-complete self-directed research and reflect upon working processes
-structured resolution of a process through the generation, regeneration, manipulation and refinement of ideas
-discuss with peers and tutors the individual working process adopted
-show evidence of independent and interdependent processes for working

2.2 Understand selected concepts and their application in many contemporary music performance environments
-critique current and historical conventions in the performance environment
-analyse contemporary music genres and integrate appropriate terminology
-control the process of ensemble performance in a live stage presentation (stagecraft) and a studio environment
-develop and discuss solo and ensemble performance skills in selected performance situations

2.3 Develop leadership skills for the performance of contemporary music
-develop and apply skills in leading a musical performance group
-explore appropriate instrumentalist/s for particular musical/cultural contexts
-demonstrate successful collaboration with other musicians
-develop creative reasoning skills
2.4 Understand musicianship skills appropriate to the realisation of contemporary musical works
-analyse and interpret musical works in different styles/genres
-use advanced sight reading skills to interpret musical works
-demonstrate relevant embellishment and articulation appropriate to the style being performed
-develop improvisation skills

2.5 Understand and practice concepts associated with ensemble performance
-test and develop individual professional performance practices in a variety of settings e.g. solo performance, group performance, sessions
-develop skills in improvisation both in live and session situations
-critique a variety of professional performances of many differing genres
-identify roles and apply convention competencies to the technical (stagecraft) aspect of a performance
2.6 Understand assessment methodology within the context of an educational institution
-employ a vocabulary for describing work
-demonstrate the integration of conceptual knowledge and practice
-consider and reflect upon composition processes and decisions
-participate in on-going formative assessment
-consider, discuss and document self and peer performances for graded 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 teaching of relevant knowledge of the voice and vocal technique
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 six pieces to be performed in contrasting styles with a total duration of no more than 35 minutes.
-The tutor must approve of the programme
-At least 2 items are 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