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Creative and Professional Practice 1 - MUS00190C

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Liz Haddon
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module develops practical music-making skills and critical reflection through engagement with individual and ensemble rehearsal and performance, as well as other forms of creative practice. It develops your understanding of the principles of high-level instrumental/vocal study, your critical skills in relationship to instrumental/vocal performance, and fosters self-awareness and discipline in setting and achieving specific goals.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module gives you space to develop as a practical and creative musician in a variety of areas, including solo performance but also encompassing other forms of creative activity. The module is underpinned by the provision of individual tuition on a solo instrument/voice, and by the range of departmental ensembles which provide tuition in group performance and leadership. This is supported by a fortnightly seminar series covering topics such as stagecraft, health and wellness, and performance psychology that are relevant to all creative practitioners. Alongside your solo and ensemble performance work, you may opt to explore a second instrument, or to develop your creative practice in other areas such as composition, leadership or community work. Assessment is through a portfolio demonstrating performance ability and engagement with multiple areas of practice, and a written reflection of development as a musician over the year.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Perform solo repertoire with confident technique and interpretation;

  • Perform and rehearse productively in an ensemble;

  • Contribute to musical activity in a secondary area of specialism;

  • Reflect on issues you face as a practical musician (such as difficulties in practice strategies, performance anxiety, or interpretative judgment), and explore and adopt appropriate strategies to respond to these issues


Task Length % of module mark
Other assessment : Portfolio: performance and reflection
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The assessment for this module is via a portfolio made up of the following components:

1) Creative Practice as Solo Performance: practical

Live performance of 8–10 minutes on your primary instrument or voice. This performance will take place in week 11 of Semester 2.

2) Reflection on creative practice

You will be given a series of questions that you should use as the basis of a guided reflection on how your creative practice has developed over the past year. This will include reflection on your instrumental lessons, participation in ensembles, and concert attendance. Questions will be supplied as an online Google form that you will complete and submit in advance of your solo performance in week 11.


Task Length % of module mark
Other assessment : Portfolio: performance and reflection
N/A 100

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Supporting materials will be provided in conjunction with specific seminars and by individual instrumental teachers/ensemble leaders as appropriate.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.