MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2

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
In this unit students choose to specialise in either music performance or composition in order to consolidate essential musicianship, technical and repertory skills addressed in MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1 or MUSC2741 Practical Studies B. For performers, there is a particular emphasis on repertoire drawn from the literature of the student's principal instrument or voice. The focus is on further development of technical and performance skills, culminating in a performance of chosen repertoire appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance study and preparing students for the higher level of technical development required for the next unit in the sequence, MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3. For composers, the unit builds on essential musicianship and fundamental compositional technique. These skills are developed through short composition exercises based on examples from the repertoire. Students study and apply common compositional techniques found in composers' works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This prepares students for a study of higher level techniques introduced in the next unit in the sequence, MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3. 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 embedded basic vocal/instrumental technique; (b) demonstrate fundamental control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of repertoire; (c) prepare repertoire appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; (d) develop musicianship through fundamental use of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression found in chosen repertoire; (e) employ and develop collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance; and (f) demonstrate an awareness of performance practice conventions and style. and (2) in composition—(a) demonstrate fluency with conventional symbolic music notation; (b) demonstrate a developing repertoire of compositional techniques and tools for the development of musical material; (c) apply knowledge of acoustic instruments through idiomatic instrumental writing; (d) employ and develop collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance; and (e) apply knowledge of historical approaches to music composition studied during the semester;..
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) concert and weekly composition/instrumental 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
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
MUSC1401 Practical Studies 1
MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2 and
enrolled in Music Studies Major
MUSC1402 Practical Studies 2
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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