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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will assist the learner in developing strong performance skills and an understanding of the role of the performer in different live situations. It will help learners to build confidence, to develop an understanding of their own motivation as a performer, and assist them to develop an awareness of the role of a performer in today’s society. Through discussion, listening and reading, learners will be encouraged to self-reflect on how they engage with performance in their own work, and develop an understanding of the performances of others.

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Be comfortable and confident as performers in different situations
2. As performers, to be aware of their relationship to the society in which they live
3. Be familiar with strategies for creating consistently strong performances
4. Be adept at problem solving in a performance setting
5. Be adept at effectively organising themselves and others to ensure the delivery of effective performances
6. Have a clear idea of what constitutes a strong and convincing performance

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study60Researching appropriate performance by others, reflecting and researching on one’s own performance practice
Assignment Completion10No Description
Total Workload: 92

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Berliner, Paul F.: 1994, Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation,, Chicago University Press, Chicago,
  • Ratliff, Ben: 2008, Coltrane: The Story of a Sound,, Picador,
  • Gioia, Ted: 2016, How to Listen to Jazz, Basic Books,
  • Liebman, David: 1996, Self-Portrait of a Jazz Artist, Musical Thoughts and Reflections, Advance Music,
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