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BA Music Performance

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title BA Music Performance Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Arts
Programme Code MPF-BA-S UCAS Code W310 HECoS Code 100639
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 3 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 360
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Arts, English and Languages

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Music (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Some flexibility for students to take modules outside of this Programme is possible and will be decided on an individual basis. When permissible the following applies:
At Level 1 a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.
At Level 2 a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.

Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (eg illness of a member of staff). The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students' choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Educational Aims of Programme: * In accordance with the University's Mission Statement, the new BA Music Performance, which has been designed to appeal to performers from a wide range of musical backgrounds including classical, folk, traditional, pop, rock, jazz, electronic and experimental, aspires to be a broadly-based, practice-driven programme. * Its unique educational benefits come from strong partnerships with the BBC, Ulster Orchestra, Opera NI, Hard Rain Solo Ensemble, Cathedral Arts Festival, Moving on Music, Diatribe Records, DTS and Dolby – the Dolby Atmos immersive sound system is installed in SARC’s Sonic Lab, the only such available system in a UK HE institution. * The BA Music Performance programme will be taught, predominantly, at one of the UK’s the largest and best-equipped institution in the field of music and sound, the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC). * Situated within a School, which was recently placed in the top 50 university departments worldwide for the performing arts in the QS World University Ranking, students can expect to obtain a high standard of music/sonic arts expertise. * Through delivering dynamic world-class research, a wide education portfolio in an environment of equality, tolerance and mutual respect, the programme fully embrace its cultural and pedagogical role in Northern Ireland and beyond. * The educational aims are:

* To develop intellectual, creative, practical and technological skills in music performance

* To enrich experience of musical repertoires, their performances and their cultural contexts, while learning to evaluate primary and secondary sources and digital media resources

* To facilitate the study of music performance through a wide choice of practical modules, backed up by a selection of theoretical modules

* To learn to interpret a variety of data and information, helping students to pursue independent learning

* To deliver an innovative, broadly-based, flexible curriculum, in accordance with the QAA Benchmarks, that reflects the diverse field of scholarship and practice within the discipline

* To attract students from local, national and international contexts through various entry routes, and to provide them with the best possible learning and teaching experience

* To provide all students with the widest possible opportunity to pursue and extend their knowledge and understanding of Music Performance through a variety of learning methods

* To enable students to develop advanced critical, analytical and physical skills, as well as their creative and imaginative skills

* To improve students’ self-confidence, powers of concentration, understanding of group dynamics, and communication skills through a variety of oral, written, visual and performance media

* To introduce new areas of teaching and implement new pedagogical techniques and technologies in response to advances in scholarship technology, and educational research, student feedback, as well as the interests and aptitudes of staff members

* To enable students to collaborate in groups, giving and receiving feedback and to enable them to formulate critical arguments and viewpoints

* To provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment that enables learners with a variety of entrance qualifications to fulfil their potential and develop their capacity for motivated independent learning

* To provide appropriate learning resources, including suitable facilities for live performance and to supplement library provision by exploiting the possibilities offered by online learning

* To enrich students' learning experience by making use of interdisciplinary linkages /collaborations with subject areas within the new faculty but also with specifically selected industry partners

* To facilitate the acquisition of transferable skills in verbal and written communication, information technology, self-presentation and teamwork

* To encourage the adoption of professional standards: punctuality; reliability; commitment and self-discipline


* To embed a diverse range of generic and transferable skills in the programme, and thus prepare students for a variety of academic and professional careers

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Engage with and evaluate a variety of sources (texts, notated scores, recorded and live performances)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, class group-work, seminars, instrumental/vocal lessons, workshops, concert attendance; interpreting, analysing and discussing ideas generated through class discussion and group exercises

Methods of Assessment

Practical examinations, learning journals, class performances, concert reviews, podcasts and audio recordings

Understand complex issues and arguments and communicate this understanding both orally and in written form

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, class group-work, seminars, instrumental/vocal lessons, workshops; referring to current music repertoire and commenting on it both through oral and written work

Methods of Assessment

Learning journals, concert reviews, podcasts and audio recordings

Contextualise music performance and its history from a variety of perspectives and contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, class group-work, seminars, instrumental/vocal lessons, workshops; forming independent views on a range of performances and styles and expressing them effectively through discussion and written work

Methods of Assessment

Practical examinations, learning journals, class performances, concert reviews, listening exercises, podcasts and audio recordings

Work independently and as part of a team demonstrated through individual and group work (practical)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Rehearsals, class group-work, workshops; balancing and managing the demands of conflicting deadlines and various types of formative and summative assessment effectively

Methods of Assessment

Performances (particularly ensembles), practical class presentations, listening exercises

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history of different types of music styles

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Platform classes, providing a springboard for enquiry carried out through group work, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, and concerts by visiting performers and music producers

Methods of Assessment

Performances, learning journals, class presentations, concert reviews

Understand a wide range of musical histories and of their political, aesthetic, social and cultural contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Platform classes, providing a springboard for enquiry carried out through group work, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, seminars and concerts by visiting performers and music producers

Methods of Assessment

Performances, learning journals, class presentations and discussions, concert reviews

Show an awareness of particular performance styles and their performers through independent study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Platform classes, providing a springboard for enquiry carried out through group work, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, seminars and concerts by visiting performers and music producers, attendance at and involvement in regular concert events

Methods of Assessment

Performances, learning journals, class presentations and discussions, concert reviews

Understand and apply practically the evolving vocabulary of music across a range of styles

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Platform classes, providing a springboard for enquiry carried out through group work, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, seminars and concerts by visiting performers and music producers, attendance at and involvement in regular concert events

Methods of Assessment

Performances, learning journals, class presentations and discussions, concert reviews

Apply this knowledge practically through performances

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Platform classes, providing a springboard for enquiry carried out through group work, individual tutorials and feedback sessions, independent study, concerts by visiting performers and music producers, attendance at and involvement in regular concert events

Methods of Assessment

Performances, class presentations and discussions

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate a variety of differently notated, improvised and performed music styles

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, performance classes (delivered by students and also by external industry professionals and performers), the requirement within classes to work in groups is inherent to the programme)

Methods of Assessment

Practical examinations, learning journals, class performances, concert reviews, listening exercises, podcasts and audio recordings

Demonstrate a closer connection to their instrument musically and technically.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and ensemble tutorials, performance classes

Methods of Assessment

Practical examinations, class performances, listening exercises, podcasts and audio recordings

Demonstrate a critical understanding of art-making, leading to a signature artistic identity within a well contextualised area of professional practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and ensemble tutorials, performance classes, and independent enquiries into venues and music promoters, learning to design funding bids.

Methods of Assessment

Documentation of production process, final public performance/screening/exhibition, and online documentation of artistic output (e.g. Album, Film, Interactive Website)

Demonstrate practical experience of developing work in the professional domain, including the production and online dissemination of AV media-based works and/or artistic documentation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and ensemble tutorials, performance classes, and independent enquiries into venues and music promoters, learning to design funding bids

Methods of Assessment

Documentation of production process, final public performance / screening / exhibition, and pnline documentation of artistic output (e.g. Album, Film, Interactive Website)

Demonstrate improved playing style and instrumental/vocal technique

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and ensemble tutorials, performance classes

Methods of Assessment

Practical examinations, class performances, listening exercises

Be more confident and creative, reducing stage fright as well as improving listening, social and ensemble skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and ensemble tutorials, performance classes and final performances

Methods of Assessment

Practical examinations, class performances

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The delivery of verbal presentations and class feedback within small and large group contexts develops oral communication skills while written work (learning journals or concert reviews) develops well-structured and synthesised writing on a variety of performance styles

Methods of Assessment

Practical examinations, learning journals, class performances, concert reviews, podcasts and audio recordings

Show effective team-working and leadership skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Exercises within performance classes which exploit teamwork – reporting back on a topic within a given timeframe and adopting a position within the team that enables the group to deliver effectively generates vital team-working and leadership experience

Methods of Assessment

The strategy outlined here often feeds into individual methods of assessment such as learning journals. Group-work is sometimes assessed more directly, depending on the module, through class presentations and feedback contributions, or ensemble performances

Demonstrate efficient time management skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The management and prioritisation of a range of course requirements together with the ongoing discipline involved in working in isolation on continual development as a performer develops efficiency in time management.

Methods of Assessment

All methods of assessment have submission deadlines that require time-management skills on the part of the student. With performance modules, in particular, time-management is inherent in the learning process (eg attendance at rehearsals and in group performances)

Learn through independent study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The process of independent learning is specifically inherent in performance related activities and is instilled from induction onwards

Methods of Assessment

All assessments require independent learning, particularly the practical examinations, but also learning journals, podcasts and audio recordings

Respond effectively and productively to constructive feedback on practical work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The process of managing criticism and working with peer and lecturer feedback to improve work is encouraged throughout the programme

Methods of Assessment

Feedback on group-work and on individual and ensemble performance that respond to feedback during performance classes

Think and work creatively within a variety of contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Creative thinking is inherent in the nature of the programme. The variety of performance contexts means that it takes different forms in teaching (individual and group tuition, lectures, group-work, performance classes, and learning strategies, both verbal and – in performance - non-verbal

Methods of Assessment

Performances, class presentations (eg answering questions and giving peer feedback)

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Fundamental Harmony MUS1013 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 60% 0% 40%
Introduction to Film Studies 1 FLM1001 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Solo Performance 1 MUS1017 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 80% 0%
Music in History MUS1041 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Introduction to Music MUS1002 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Audio Mixing I MUS1030 1 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Composing Music MUS1012 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Introduction to Sound Synthesis MUS1036 1 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Musicianship MUS1005 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 50% 0%
Sound Recording and Production 1 MUS1038 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Ensemble Performance 1 MUS1018 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 80% 0%
Sonic Arts MUS2004 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 80% 20% 0%
Solo Performance 2 MUS2017 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 80% 0%
Ensemble Performance 2 MUS2018 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 50% 0%
Fame MUS2043 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Classical Analysis MUS2015 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Composition II MUS2011 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Notation and Transcription MUS2066 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Introduction to Arts Management SCA2002 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Improvisation MUS2050 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 70% 0%
Experimental Popular Musics MUS2033 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Scoring and Arranging MUS2053 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 80% 0% 20%
Songwriting MUS2055 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Interactive Media Production BCP2005 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Radio Programme BCP2002 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Instrument and Installation Design MUS2034 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Sound Recording and Production 2 MUS2038 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Live Production Systems MUS2048 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Sound Design for Screen MUS2036 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Music Psychology MUS2052 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Composition 3a MUS3071 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Double Performance 3 MUS3082 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 0% 100% 0%
Dissertation MUS3084 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Composition 3 MUS3087 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Bach and Mozart MUS3033 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Special Project MUS3076 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Sound Recording and Production 3 MUS3038 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 75% 25% 0%
Traditional Irish Music: Form, Style and Development MUS3069 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 10% 50%
Directed Study MUS3099 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Auditory Perception MUS3010 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Politics in Popular Song from the French Revolution to Punk MUS3055 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
A Night at the Opera MUS3040 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Musical Thought and Scholarship MUS3063 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 10% 30%
Work-based Learning AEL3001 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Designing Musical Interactions MUS3032 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 60% 40% 0%
Immersive Media MUS3007 3 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Audio Post Production MUS3009 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Composing for Screen MUS3014 3 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Orchestration MUS3020 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Sonic Arts 2 MUS3003 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Professional Practice MUS3004 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

Level 1 MUS1017 and MUS1018 students must complete a successful audition.

Level 2 Students must take 120 CATS points. Students are not permitted to take any more than 2 non-MUS modules.

Level 3 Students must take 120 CATS points.