HIPP Practical Portfolio MUSIC5039

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course extends and expands upon the approaches explored in the HIPP Practical Presentation. It provides opportunities to apply further historical evidence and more extensive scholarly enquiry to performance situations alongside professional ensembles, through rehearsal, coaching and apprenticeship. It enables the student to build a portfolio of practical work documented through video/audio recordings with accompanying critical reflection.


Weekly coaching and/or participation in rehearsals and workshops of variable length from 2 to 6 hours.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





The student will submit a portfolio of work including video/audio recordings (15') with accompanying documentation (c. 2000 words) detailing the relevance of their historical knowledge and research to the musical result.

Course Aims

This course aims to develop deep insight and practical experience of the application of historical knowledge in the context of musical rehearsal and performance at a professional level. Working alongside professional performers, students will engage at a deep critical level with the sources, principles and debates surrounding the practice of historical performance, particularly of 17th and 18th century music, but also potentially of contemporary music. As well as refining further their professional rehearsal and performance skills, students will reflect critically on their own performance practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ contribute to professional rehearsals of historically informed 17th and/or 18th century repertoire

■ demonstrate the practical musical application of historical information and research

■ create a portfolio of recorded performance or rehearsal

■ show a deep practical knowledge of current conventions of period performance, particularly of 17th and 18th century music, applying it to, and with, their chosen medium of performance

■ analyse and critique musical sources, through the application of knowledge to musical performance

■ work effectively as part of a musical ensemble dedicated to historical performance, through practical participation

■ evaluate and reflect deeply and critically on their own musical performance and its development.

■ communicate effectively in a portfolio of recorded performance and written work

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.