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    The development of specialised performance skills in music through individual tuition and workshops.

    The aim of the paper is to develop the technical and interpretative skills of musicians wishing to be performers. Students receive an individual weekly lesson and are required to attend weekly classes for their instrument, as well as workshops. Instrumental applicants are normally expected to be approximately at Grade Eight standard (ABRSM, TCL, NZMEB) or equivalent for some instruments. Tuition is usually available in piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, organ and some woodwind and brass instruments, as well as bagpipes, Scottish drumming, taonga pūoro and taiko.

    About this paper

    Paper title Performance 1
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.3
    Points 36 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,346.60
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    (i) Evidence of ability as a performer is required. Entry is by audition (see MusB degree regulations). (ii) May not be taken at the same time as MUSI140 (except in the world music ensemble performance option).
    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Terence Dennis
    Lecturer Piano: Professor Terence Dennis
    Lecturer Voice: Dr Tessa Romano
    Lecturer Cello: Dr Heleen DuPlessis
    Lecturer Violin: Tessa Petersen
    Taonga pūoro: Dr Jennifer Cattermole

    Other instruments are taught by part-time teachers.

    Paper Structure
    Assessment: 100% internal, including a final recital.
    Teaching Arrangements
    One 50-minute individual lesson, plus one group performance class per week.
    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper,  having been guided through a course of technical and musical study especially designed to meet their individual needs should have:

    • An appropriate command of instrument/voice and will be more capable of achieving expressive musical results
    • An enhanced understanding of the repertoire for their instrument or voice


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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