MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Music Studies major sequence
This practical unit draws together students from different levels of musical experience at pre-tertiary level, and consolidates essential musicianship, technical skills and repertory in either performance or composition. For performers, the emphasis is on development of instrumental technique and performance skills including developing an awareness of psychological, biomechanical/performance health concepts, and preparing students for the repertoire-based focus of the next unit in the sequence, MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2. For composers, technical skills are developed through short composition exercises based on pertinent examples from the repertoire of twentieth- and twenty-first-century music. This prepares students for a study of higher level techniques introduced in the next unit in the sequence, MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2. This unit is a complementary unit in the Music Studies major (degree-specific major) in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students are able to (1) in performance—(a) demonstrate a fundamental level vocal/instrumental technique; (b) demonstrate regular control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of technical work; (c) prepare repertoire that incorporates technical work, etudes and vocal/instrumental literature appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; (d) demonstrate musicianship through fundamental use of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression; (e) employ collaborative music making skills appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; and (f) demonstrate a holistic awareness and understanding of psychological and performance health issues and (2) in composition—(a) demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of music notation for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, as well ensemble scoring; (b) demonstrate fundamental compositional techniques for the development of simple musical material; (c) demonstrate understanding of acoustic instruments, their capabilities and limitations; (d) employ collaborative music making skills appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; (e) apply knowledge and awareness of repertoire and historical approaches to composition appropriate to the level of the unit..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) performers: solo repertoire examination; OR
composers: composition projects and listening/repertoire examination
; (2) collaborative music project; and (3) performance stream: learning module, or composition stream: workshop participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Graeme Gilling and James Ledger
Unit rules
passed School of Music audition/composition portfolio
MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1
enrolled in the Music Studies major (degree-specific major)
MUSC1401 Practical Studies 1
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
Contact hours
individual/group lessons: 12 hours per semester; workshops: 20 hours per semester; collaborative music projects: varies according to each project
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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