Within this course students will be provided with opportunities to develop skills in music performance. Each Performance course will require students to demonstrate an increasing proficiency in both solo and ensemble music performance. Styles covered can include classical, jazz, contemporary and folk/world music. Learning and teaching activities will include lectures, small group teaching and ensemble work. Students will be able to access one-to-one tuition, master classes or conferences with School of Music Staff or through a Performance Development Allowance. All students wishing to enrol in these courses must have successfully completed an audition.
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:
- demonstrate sound control of basic technique and attention to, technical challenges presented in the music performed;
- demonstrate a consideration for a basic understanding of the style, character and emotional intent of the music being performed;
- demonstrate basic musicianship and performance presentation skills necessary to communicate effectively to an audience;
- demonstrate the ability to propose a research question and explore the question leading to a performance outcome. The student will be able to explain this process and outcome orally or in writing;
- provide immediate verbal feedback to a range of performers on their live concert performance; and
- demonstrate their continuous development as ensemble performers.
Indicative AssessmentPrecise details of assessment requirements and criteria vary according to the nature of the instrument / voice, the needs of the student, and the current performance activities of the School.
The Performance Convenor will determine these individual details as appropriate, utilising performance opportunities within the School or in approved community and professional contexts.
A typical pattern of performance assessment activities consists of:
- Technical & repertoire assessment appropriate to genre (50%) learning outcomes [1,2,3]
- Ensemble performance assessment (20%) learning outcomes [1,2,3,6]
- Concert practice assessment (20%) learning outcomes [1,2,3, 5]
- Written / oral research component assessment (10%) learning outcomes 
- Performance assessment will cover all learning outcomes.
Performing live in a concert can only be learned through actually participating in a concert, not only as a performer, but also as an audience member. As an audience member you learn about live performance from observing a range of live performances and providing live feedback to a range of performers on their live performance. Having an audience changes the dynamic and so it is essential that an audience is present for the live performance. The absence of an audience has a negative impact on the concert practice experience. As such, in order to pass this course students must, unless they have a relevant medical certificate, participate in at least 80% of Concert Practice time by active listening within each performance and offering constructive feedback based on this active listening when called upon to do so.
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 ability not only of themselves but also of each of the other ensemble members to continuously develop as ensemble performers. As such, in order to pass this course students must, unless they have a relevant medical certificate, participate in at least 80% of ensemble rehearsal time.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 66 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of instrumental/vocal instruction (or equivalent approved PDA activity), 24 hours of performance ensemble, 18 hours of concert practice and 12 hours of performance seminars; and
b) 64 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Supporting written and aural material pertaining to the stylistic specifics of each unit will be prescribed by the lecturer.
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