• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • John Mackey
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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This course offers a variety of ensemble performance experiences in music. Students negotiate an individual learning contract in which they typically contribute to two of the ensembles or performance events active at the time; or take a single event more intensively (such as a solo role in an opera); or negotiate a contract involving the participation in non-ANU ensembles.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of techniques, practice habits, musical and stylistic knowledge in the chosen ensembles;
  2. Understand the fundamentals of ensemble performance, listening, and interpretation.
  3. Recognise the importance of balancing team skills and leadership in both rehearsal and performance.

Indicative Assessment

Contribution as a performer to ten two-hour rehearsals of Ensemble A (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
Contribution as a performer to ten two-hour rehearsals of Ensemble B (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
Assessment of performance as member of Ensemble A (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
Assessment of performance as member of Ensemble B (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
Reflective journal or blog of c.1000 words (20%) [LO 2, 3]
HURDLE REQUIREMENT: Performing in an ensemble can only be learned through actually participating in an ensemble, and the absence of an ensemble member has a negative impact on the ensemble experience. As such, in order to pass this course students must, unless they have a relevant medical certificate,  attend and participate in at least 80% of ensemble rehearsal time in order to pass this course.

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Average contact time 2 hours per week per ensemble, for a total group contact time of c.50 hours for the course including rehearsals and concerts.  There usually be a further 80 hours individual study time to complete the course, for a total learning time of 130 hours. There will be fixed rehearsal times for some ensembles; others will rehearse intensively prior to performance. Students are cautioned to check the detailed timetables for the ensembles they will be participating in prior to confirming their enrolment.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed or enrolled in MUSI1101

You will need to contact the School of Music to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Musical abilities commensurate with the ability to make a contribution to the chosen ensemble/s at the required level.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3698 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8708 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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