Individual Performance Studies

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Course Information
Voice Performance
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Language of instruction: 

An audition may be necessary to determine the appropriate level of instruction.

Individual Performance Studies is dedicated to a hands-on approach to the performance of music under the supervision of professional Milanese musicians. The number of credits awarded is determined by the number of contact hours with the personal instructor, number of hours of private practice, and the preparation of a private solo recital according to the following criteria:   MS391 for three credits (not available for Summer program):
  • 12 hours of private instruction
  • 75 or more hours of independent practice
  • preparation and presentation of five pieces from the Operatic and/or Italian Art song repertoire
  • the student must present all of the above in hearing before their teacher and at least one member of the IES music faculty a few in advance of the concert; only upon a successful
  • hearing can the concert take place and a third credit be granted for the course
  • the total performance time of the recital will be at least 20 minutes
  • the performer will play the whole program by heart
  • the student must prepare a printed program for the recital for those in attendance
  • an audio (and, if possible, also a video) recording will be made of the performances
  • the student’s private instructor and a member of the IES music department must attend and evaluate the recital; this evaluation constitutes one component (50%) of the final grade.
  For each private lesson, students are expected to complete at least 7 hours of independent practice. Students enrolled in Individual Vocal Studies may not use private instruction or hours of preparation that are required as a part of the Music Performance Workshop in order to receive credit for this course.   Please note that credit hours can vary based on a student's area of study, instrumentation, and availability of instructor in a given term.
Attendance policy: 

Regular class attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend classes each day, including course-related excursions.

IES Abroad Milano allows a maximum of TWO excused absences per semester. Each further absence will automatically result in a penalty of two points off (2/100) on the final grade. SEVEN absences per course (including 2 excused absences) will result in a failing grade for that course. Furthermore, an absence on the date of scheduled tests, presentations or quizzes does not entitle you to recover/reschedule such tests. Failure to attend your midterm and/or final exam will result in an F grade on that paper/exam.

Learning outcomes: 
By the end of the course, the student will:
  • be able to demonstrate improvement in performance ability and knowledge of the instrument
  • develop specific musical skills, including stylistic interpretative abilities and practice techniques
  • expand repertoire
  • acquire the practical skills necessary for giving a recital: scheduling, organization, setting up and running recording equipment, writing a concert program, preparing and presenting publicly
  • acquire staging skills, acting, posture also through the observation of both live and videos of professional performers, as will be assigned on a case-by-case basis.
Method of presentation: 

Personal instruction, field study (attending recitals/opera at la Scala and/or other Milanese theaters).

Required work and form of assessment: 

Students must arrange for private instruction schedule at their own initiative. The instructor will complete a written evaluation form that provides an assessment of the student’s musicianship, preparation, progress, and any other relevant issues. The student is responsible for ensuring that this written evaluation is turned into the Registrar’s Office at the IES Abroad Center before the end of the semester.