Chamber Music

  • Module Tutor: Dr John Stringer
  • Level: I/5 (2nd year students), H/6 (3rd year students)

Aims and content

This project is aimed at instrumentalists and is designed to enhance and develop skills in chamber music performance. The project will allow for regular coached contact, class performance and feedback up to the performance.

NB: the project is timetabled differently from other projects – you must ensure that you are able to attend all project sessions before choosing it.

The project will run throughout the term Weeks 2-5 & 7-10 and the assessments will be at the end of week 10 (tbc). In weeks 2-5 the morning sessions only will be used. There will be short performance classes and further coaching in weeks 7-9. Each week’s formal sessions times will be divided between individual sessions and performances to the class. When applications are finalised a more detailed schedule will be issued.

Applying for the project:

You must apply for this project as a group, and therefore everyone in the ensemble must make this project their first choice. If you are intending to take this project informally, please make sure your formal choice does not conflict with the schedule.

There is no repertoire restriction, but music must be chosen before the project so that appropriate coaching can be planned. If the music is not available from the library please contact your library rep and have it ordered (or buy it…)

Presentation is through individual rehearsals, coached sessions, and class performances; in addition each group will have an allocated coaching budget.

Assessment

The project is 100% performance (50% ensemble / 50% individual); performances will take place at the end of Week 10. Each group will be expected to write a programme note including elements of performance commentary for Monday week 10 (this is not assessed).

Learning outcomes

At the end of the taught part of this project, students should have:

  • developed a method of working with other musicians
  • developed an understanding of the skills that are necessary in making chamber music work: the ability to listen to each other carefully; to know in detail your group’s parts and not just your own; to plan effective rehearsals; toidentify those elements of the music that require the most work and find a working method to overcome those difficulties.
  • developed interpretational skills appropriate to the repertoire.

First years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes A8

Second years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes B8

Third years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes C8