Key information

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Year of study
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Music & School of Arts

Module overview

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.

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


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

Method of assessment

  • One initial performance (worth 10%)
  • One 3,000-word reflective portfolio (worth 20%)
  • One performance exam held in May (worth 70%)


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules