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Department of Music

Performance Theory

Course Code:
15PMUH002
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 1
Compulsory for MMus (Performance) and an optional “minor” half-course for MMus (Ethnomusicology). The aim is to develop knowledge of theoretical, conceptual, and structural issues relating to performance, enabling students to apply these in their own performance practice. It is taught as a series of seminars. The course includes three components: theoretical (notation, transcription, analysis, improvisation); conceptual (different ways of writing, recording, and archiving music, and how these can inform or detract from performance itself); and cultural (performance from an anthropological perspective and Hood’s concept of bi-musicality). Examination is by two pieces of coursework: an essay, followed by a second essay or fieldwork report or transcription & analysis project or composition/arrangement. Part-time students normally take this in year 1.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should have acquired an overview of performance theory together with specific knowledge of cultural performance, music and ritual, bimusicality, teaching and learning cross-culturally, and issues relating to improvisation and jazz and the mechanics of rehearsing and performing.

Workload

Two hours per week in Term 1

Method of assessment

Coursework 2 at 50%