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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.
Two hours per week in Term 1
Method of assessment
Two 3 000 words essays (worth 50% each)