Music and World Performance

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
07 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W495 World Performance

Module description

This module includes an overview of some of the uses of music in Western and non-Western performance forms; workshops in music-making and use of the singing voice as part of performance in two or three selected forms; and a staff-led group practical performance assessment in a chosen musical form. The emphasis is on the development and deployment of student's own musical skills, rather than on collaboration with musicians.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
To introduce a range of performance forms which integrate music into the theatre.
To offer an introduction to the differences and similarities between cultures in musical technique (for example, differences in tuning and scales, harmony, and use of rhythm) .
To allow students to explore, experiment with and develop their own capacity for making and using music (whether vocal or instrumental) in a range of World Performance forms.
To allow students, working collaboratively under the guidance of a tutor, to create a piece of music-based performance.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate:
Knowledge and understanding of a range of performance forms which incorporate music.
Ability accurately to identify the musical style and instruments associated with particular forms of performance.
Ability to research into at least one World Performance form with a significant musical element, and to present that research clearly and concisely either orally or in writing.
Ability to learn basic musical scores and to use them creatively in performance.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, practical classes and workshops


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment    60% 
Practical   Group Practical Performance    40% 

Additional coursework information

Assessment - Continuous assessment of participation and progress in practical workshops. Work will be summatively assessed at the end of the module and a single mark awarded. - Term Two: Group Practical Performance (5-7 minutes each) Weighting: - Continuous assessment (60%) - Group practical performance (40%)

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Colin Sell, email: casell@essex.ac.uk.
Specialist tutors tbc
For further information please email tinaw



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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