• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • John Mackey
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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This course offers a variety of ensemble performance experiences for experienced performers. The course develops the ability to interact with other musicians, and to reflect on how that experience differs from previous performance experiences (solo and/or ensemble). Students typically perform in a School of Music ensemble but may with the agreement of the course convenor participate in a non-School of Music ensemble. Students enrolled in Music Performance are reminded that students cannot submit the same assessment for two different courses (that is, they cannot count the same ensemble towards both a Performance course and an Ensemble course).

This course may be repeated for credit if a different type of ensemble is taken each time; for example a violinist who has previously played in a string quartet may play in a piano trio even though they are both examples of chamber music.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand at a high level the techniques, practice habits, musical and stylistic knowledge of the chosen ensemble;
  2. demonstrate their continuous development as ensemble performers;
  3. critically analyse how performing in the chosen ensemble differs from performing in one or more other types of ensemble and/or solo performance; and
  4. communicate the outcomes of the rehearsal and reflection process through both a performance and in verbal form.

Work Integrated Learning


This course gives students real world experience working with an ensemble and ensemble director towards a public performance. Students will receive and prepare repertoire, rehearse with other musicians, and then present their work in a concert which is open to the public.

Other Information

An audition is required for non Performance students

Indicative Assessment

  1. Contribution as a performer to twelve two-hour rehearsals of the Ensemble (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Reflective journal or blog on the impact of the rehearsals on the development of the interpretation of the works prepared for performance, 1000 words (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Performance assessment as member of the Ensemble (50) [LO 4]
  4. Essay on how performance in this ensemble differs from performing in one or more other types of ensemble and/or solo performance, 1000 words (15) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours contact over 12 weeks; and

b) 106 hours of independent study.

There will be fixed rehearsal contact times for some ensembles; others will rehearse intensively prior to performance. Students are cautioned to check the detailed timetable for the ensembles they will be participating in prior to confirming their enrolment, as attendance at 80% of class activities is expected.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

An audition is required for non Performance students. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI4412 or MUSI8014.

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

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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
2352 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7347 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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