MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4

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 extend musicianship, technical and repertory skills addressed in MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3. For performers, there is a particular emphasis on the study of more advanced repertoire drawn from the literature of the student's principal instrument or voice. The focus is on consolidating the level of technical and musical skills attained in MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1, MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2 and MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3, and culminating in a performance examination of repertoire selected to demonstrate these skills. For composers, skills are developed in the creation of electro-acoustic music, with a study of real-time signal processing and sound synthesis within the object-oriented music programming environment. Using the skills acquired during the semester, students complete an original work for single instrument and live electronics. Additionally, students complete an acoustic work for small chamber ensemble, applying a repertoire of compositional techniques studied in MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1, MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2 and MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3. This is a compulsory unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students are able to (1) in performance, demonstrate (1) further command of technical skills and musical concepts encountered in this repertoire-based unit; (2) a continuing development of instrumental/vocal technique beyond the level attained after completing MUSC2541 Practical Music 3 and demonstrate this development through growing control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of appropriate recital repertoire; (3) continuing development in knowledge of relevant repertoire, through preparation of specifically chosen works drawn from the literature of his/her instrument or voice of greater difficulty and complexity than that studied in MUSC2541 Practical Music 3; (4) continuing development of musicianship through sophistication of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression beyond the level attained in MUSC2541 Practical Music 3; and (5) increasing sophistication in the collaborative skills required in ensemble performance and (2) in composition, apply (1) knowledge of real-time digital audio in the development of original compositions; (2) knowledge of relevant music programming software; (3) advanced compositional techniques and tools to the development of complex musical material; and (4) knowledge of conventional and extended techniques for acoustic instruments.
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
MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3
MUSC2401 Practical Studies 3
MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
Contact hours
individual/group lessons: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week; ensemble participation: 2 hours per week
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