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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Performance, Choir, Aural & Keyboard 1
Module Code MC108
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Roisin Blunnie
Semester 2: Roisin Blunnie
Autumn: Roisin Blunnie
Module TeachersRoisin Blunnie
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Repeat examinations take place in the Autumn and consist of the Performance evaluation only.

This module includes distinct but complementary areas: choral singing as part of the DCU Lumen Chorale, Aural and Keyboard Skills through small-group teaching appropriate to students’ level of experience; and individual performance via subsidised instrumental/vocal tuition provided on-campus by expert tutors from an external School of Music. The module aims to develop students’ skills, critical awareness, and aural perception in music performance, experiential knowledge of musical style and genres, and vocal and instrumental technique, as well as their musical and interpersonal skills in the context of large-scale choral rehearsal and performance led by a professional conductor.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate music performance skills appropriate to year 1 of the programme.
2. Understand and critically evaluate concepts relating to relevant repertoire and musical style
3. Utilise fundamental skills and knowledge in the areas of musicianship/aural skills and keyboard skills, including accompaniment and transposition.
4. Draw on musical, organisational and interpersonal skills appropriate to choral singing and choral leadership.
5. Adapt and apply all relevant module competencies for teaching and musical leadership in school placement and professional contexts.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars9Small-group Aural and Keyboard Skills classes
Lecture36Choral rehearsals and Performances
Directed learning10Individual instrumental/vocal lessons
Independent Study70Independent practice, preparation, and reading
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Aural and Keyboard Skills
Small-group classes facilitate tailored teaching appropriate to students’ experience and stage of musical development in these areas. Repertoire is drawn from genres such as popular music, Irish traditional music, world musics, Baroque and Classical music, film music, and musical theatre, taking care to include a diverse selection of musical artists and composers. Learning activities include piano accompaniment, chord progressions in different keys, playing styles and patterns, individual and ensemble singing, sight-reading, memorization, improvisation, pedagogical processes for music teaching; using and creating digital resources for musical skill development.

Individual Instrumental/Vocal Performance
students take individual lessons in their chosen instrument(s), guided by specialist tutors. Lessons focus on technique, musical style and expression, performance strategies, and music literacy appropriate to the instrument.

Students sing as part of the DCU Lumen Chorale, a large choir of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices that brings together students from the 4 years of the B.Rel.Ed. and Music programme. Repertoire is drawn from styles such as Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, music of the 19th and 20th centuries, contemporary music, arrangements of popular music and film music, rounds/canons and improvisation. Activities include choral-vocal training, choral warm-ups, ensemble singing appropriate to diverse musical styles, group sight-singing and musicianship, rehearsal technique, choral pedagogy and leadership, guidance and repertoire for leading school choirs, and performance in concerts, university events, and competitions.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationAural and Keyboard Skills: short ongoing assessments and final portfolio with reflective audio commentary50%As required
Practical/skills evaluationIndividual instrumental/vocal studies performance assessment40%Sem 2 End
ParticipationAttendance and quality of participation in DCU Lumen Chorale10%Every Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Zoltán Kodály: 0, 333 Reading Exercises, Editio Musica Budapest,
  • Frank Abrahams,Paul D. Head: 2017, The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy, Oxford University Press, 9780199373369
  • David Adams: 2008, A Handbook of Diction for Singers, Oxford University Press, USA, 9780195325591
  • Chester L. Alwes: 2015, A History of Western Choral Music, Oxford University Press, USA, 9780199361939
  • Edward Bolkovac and Judith Johnston: 2004, 150 Rounds for Singing and Teaching, Boosey & Hawkes Incorporated, 9781458411426
  • Tone Bianca Dahl: 0, The Choir: Singing, Leading, Communicating, Cantando, 9788292494226
  • André de Quadros: 2012, The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music, Cambridge University Press,
  • Shirlee Emmons,Constance Chase: 2006, Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, Oxford University Press, 9780195182422
  • Sabine Horstmann: 2009, Choral Vocal Technique, G I A Publications, 9781579997373
  • Ursula Geisler,Karin Johansson: 2014, Choral Singing: Histories and Practices, Cambridge Scholars, 9781443863315
  • Antal Molnár (ed.): 0, Classical Canons, Editio Musica Budapest,
  • John Rutter,Clifford Bartlett: 1996, European Sacred Music, Oxford University Press, 9780193436954
  • Dennis Shrock: 2009, Choral Repertoire, Oxford University Press, 9780195327786
  • Graham F. Welch: 2020, The Oxford Handbook of Singing, Oxford University Press, USA, 9780192894182
  • David Willcocks,John Rutter: 0, 100 Carols for Choirs, Oxford University Press, 9780193532274
Other Resources

0, Handbook, Course Lecturers, DCU, 0, Aural & Keyboard Skills Exercises, 50124, Printed Music (online database), 0, Music Scores (Public Domain), www.cpdl.org, 0, Website, TEORIA, 0, Ear-training Exercises, www.teoria.com/en/exercises,
Programme or List of Programmes
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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