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Department of Music

Performance As Research

Course Code:
15PMUC008
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year
This course is comparable to the dissertation component in other SOAS MA programmes.

Prerequisites

Performance

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

Performance as Research requires students to develop a project based around the instrumental or vocal tradition chosen that has research at its core. The research component is agreed with the convenor of the course, but may include:

  • reconstruction of musical performance based on historical or other source materials;
  • improvisation, based on an understanding of the musical language of the instrumental or vocal tradition studied;
  • arrangement, rehearsal, and performance of a repertory for one or more instruments or voices within or beyond the tradition studied;
  • composition, rehearsal, and performance of a repertory for one or more instruments or voices in a manner that reflects the stylistic features of the tradition studied.

Workload

By arrangement

Scope and syllabus

Students will normally continue to work with the teacher (and the music tradition) approved by the convenor in advance for the first course, Performance.

The convenor meets students three times, normally over the summer period. During these meetings, projects are approved, and discussions held to consider the research component of the work.

Method of assessment

Exam 80% (performance and oral), 20% portfolio

Course assessment consists of a practical examination, a written submission, and an oral presentation.

The practical examination will last 20-30 minutes. It will be an open event, advertised within SOAS. It will be recorded for examination purposes only. The exact programme within this time frame will depend on the music tradition chosen by a student, but will normally comprise a presentation including performance and explanation backed up by written, audio, or audio-visual documentation.

The oral examination will be given on the same day as the practical, or on the following day, and will be recorded for examination purposes only.

The written work comprises a portfolio, which will be expected to demonstrate the research component of the project undertaken. The exact format must be agreed with the course convenor in advance.