MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Music Specialist 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 MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2. For performers, the emphasis is on the preparation of technically focused repertoire drawn from the literature of the student's principal instrument or voice, and on continuing development of technique and performance skills, and preparing students for the repertoire-based focus of the next unit in the sequence, MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4. For composers, the unit prepares students for the creation of real-time electro-acoustic music, with a study of the fundamentals of MIDI and digital audio within the object-oriented music programming environment. Additionally, the unit advances the student's repertoire of compositional tools through the study of higher level techniques, graphical notation and extended acoustic instrumental capabilities within the context of exercises based upon historical approaches to the discipline. This is a compulsory unit in the Music Specialist Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students are able to (1) in performance—(a) demonstrate a continuing development of instrumental/vocal technique beyond the foundational level attained after completing MUSC1342 Practical Music 2; (b) demonstrate this development through growing control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of appropriate technical work; (c) demonstrate continuing development in knowledge of relevant repertoire, especially that which is technical in emphasis, through preparation of technical work, etudes and vocal/instrumental literature of greater difficulty and complexity than that studied in MUSC1341 Practical Music 1 or MUSC1342 Practical Music 2; (d) demonstrate continuing development of musicianship through sophistication of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression beyond the level attained in MUSC1342 Practical Music 2; and (e) demonstrate increasing sophistication in the collaborative skills required in ensemble performance and (2) in composition—(a) demonstrate awareness of the fundamentals of MIDI and digital audio; (b) demonstrate a fundamental grasp of relevant music programming software; (c) apply advanced compositional techniques and tools to the development of musical material; (d) demonstrate knowledge of extended techniques for acoustic instruments; and (e) apply knowledge of historical approaches to music composition studied during the semester.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) performance stream: solo examination and performance, or composition stream: composition projects; (2) performance stream: participation, or composition stream: listening/repertoire examination; 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 Assistant Professor Christopher Tonkin
Unit rules
MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2
MUSC1402 Practical Studies 2 and enrolment in the Specialist Music Studies major
MUSC2401 Practical Studies 3
Contact hours
individual/group lessons: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week; ensemble participation: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
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