SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Performance

Module Code:
15PMUC002
Credits:
30
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Full Year

Compulsory for MMus Performance (where part-time students must take it in year 1) and an optional “minor” course for MMus Ethnomusicology. The tradition chosen should relate to the same geographical region as a student’s major regional music course. It is the student’s responsibility to elect both the tradition and an appropriate teacher, and to arrange regular lessons throughout the academic session; all choices must be approved by the Performance Convenor, and reimbursement for lessons will be made up to a financial limit agreed at the beginning of the academic session. Recent students have learnt mbira, tabla, congas, guqin, koto, ’ud, sitar, saz, Ewe drumming, Yoruba singing, Persian singing, klezmer, and others. Students are expected to keep a Learning Diary.

Prerequisite for Performance as Research.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • To develop performance skills on the chosen instrument /vocal style to a high standard. To develop physical dexterity and control (technical mastery of the instrument/voice), together with the necessary powers of sustained concentration and focus.
  • To develop awareness of the basic compositional principles of the music in question
  • To develop familiarity with the repertoire
  • To be aware of and be able to reproduce the appropriate performance style
  • To develop awareness and understanding of the cultural conventions and symbolic meanings associated with the repertoire, instruments and genres studied

Workload

  • One hour seminar fortnightly
  • Music lessons with external teacher
  • Personal practice time

Method of assessment

  • One 3 000 words essay (or equivalent in other media) (worth 20%)
  • One performance held in May-June (worth 80%)

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