Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Vocal Ensemble 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION Vocal Ensemble develops the students' concept of inner hearing and musical interpretation through the performance of choral music. Ensemble performance of selected repertoire in Classical and popular styles forms an integral part of this unit. Particular importance will be attached to interpretation, style, and intonation through voice projection.


This study-unit aims to:
a) enhance students' sensitivity to matters of style, tone, and nuance in historical contexts of the repertoire to be performed;
b) provide students with opportunities to choral performances;
c) introduce students to the choral music repertoire.

Learning Outcomes:

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

a) explore choral music;
b) attain basic elements of choral singing techniques relating to proper breathing, intonation, style, vocal nuance and matters of ensemble technique;
c) familiarise themselves with a range of musical styles.

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

a) master the techniques of singing in a vocal ensemble;
b) enhance his/her general musicianship;
c) acquire sensibility to improve proper intonation when singing in a vocal ensemble.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Performance

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 25%
Performance SEM1 No 75%

LECTURER/S Jeremy Coleman
Claire Massa

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.