This module comprises three elements:
a) One-to-one instrumental/vocal tuition. This tuition (20 hours) is provided either by approved teachers at the Birmingham Conservatoire, or by tutors employed directly by the Department of Music, or, for Early Music, through the Department's Centre for Early Music Performance and Research (CEMPR), and is normally divided equally between two studies, either two instruments or one instrument and voice. The aim is to make as much technical and musical progress as possible and to provide a basis for further specialisation in solo performance in the 2nd and Final Years. Teachers supply reports towards the end of the Spring Term, and students may be auditioned if these are unsatisfactory.
b) Independent work with aural training software, in order to maintain and improve listening skills; regular tests will be set and there is a end of year aural test.
c) Attendance at a minimum of four Barber Evening Concerts during the Autumn, Spring and early Summer Terms (admission free).