Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Collective Performance

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION This interdisciplinary study-unit provides a holistic view of what goes into the making of a performance. It should be seen as a first practical approach to performance for the ongoing practice as research modules that students take throughout their formation in the school, independently of which programme they come from.

It also complements study-units in Music Aesthetics and Raw Material for a New Music and provides a basis for units in performance as well as future theoretical study-units in cultural management.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at providing students with the possibility to engage in a creative experience and learn how to negotiate between different artistic processes through research and practice. It should also assist students at extending ideas of negotiated performance-making processes and develop them in relation to collaboration with other artists.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) recognise the importance of collaborating with other artists from the performing arts;
b) attain new artistic insights;
c) explore artistic possibilities from the three disciplines which can be exploited in performance;
d) identify methods of collective work and strategies for negotiation among the different disciplines;
e) develop initial knowledge of making performance, including the production period and final performance.

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) learn how to devise a public performance with members from other disciplines, and elaborate a work process;
b) acquire flexibility in approach and in work in order to integrate realities and disciplines that are different to one's own;
c) set joint intentions/objectives as ensemble;
d) develop teamwork skills in research and organisation;
e) develop awareness of the different problems arising from working with different disciplines;
f) create original work using the skills and crafts of performance making, applying them effectively to communicate to an audience;
g) develop a more inclusive attitude in his/her approach to performance;
h) learn how to develop self and collective reflection.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Allegue, L., Simon Jones, Baz Kershaw, and Angela Piccini, (eds). 2009. Practice-as-Research in Performance and Screen (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
- Benson, J. F. 1987. Working More Creatively with Groups (London: Routledge).

Supplementary Readings:

- Brown, A. 1994. Groupwork, 3rd edn (Aldershot: Arena, Ashgate Publishing Ltd).
- Brown, S. 1998. Peer Assessment in Practice (B'ham: Staff and Ed Dev Association)
- Dean, R. 1989. Creative Improvisation (Milton Keynes: Open University Press).
- Douglas, T. 2000. Basic group Work (London: Routledge).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Study, Performance & Practicum

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 30%
Performance (20 Minutes) SEM2 No 70%


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