MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Music Specialist Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
In this unit students choose to specialise in either music performance or composition in order to further refine musicianship, technical skills and repertory addressed in MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4. For performers, the emphasis is on the preparation of technically focused repertoire, but of greater difficulty than before, drawn from the literature of the student's principal instrument or voice, and also the further development of technique and performance skills. Composition students apply techniques and technologies studied in Principal Studies 1 to 4 to the development of a portfolio of original compositions submitted and assessed at the end of semester. In addition to the portfolio of scores, students submit one composition from the portfolio for performance and presentation to a jury of senior musicians for feedback and assessment. Independent research and analysis of repertoire continue, culminating in a research presentation in the weekly composition workshop.

This is a core unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) for performance—(a) demonstrate instrumental/vocal technique beyond the intermediate tertiary level attained after completing MUSC2542 Practical Music 4; (b) demonstrate this achievement through control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of appropriate technical work and repertoire; (c) apply knowledge of relevant technically-orientated 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 MUSC2541 Practical Music 3 or MUSC2542 Practical Music 4; (d) further refine their musicianship through sophistication of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression beyond the level attained in MUSC2542 Practical Music 4; (e) show increased sophistication in the collaborative skills required in large ensemble performance; and (f) acquire an understanding of the developmental processes involved in learning advanced technical repertoire by keeping a reflective, analytical journal and (2) for composition—(a) demonstrate command (where utilised) of relevant technologies for composition and performance; (b) apply advanced compositional techniques to the development of original compositions; (c) demonstrate competence with idiomatic and extended scoring for acoustic instruments, in solo and small chamber ensemble contexts; (d) produce legible scores and parts suitable for performance; and (e) verbally communicate their own creative ideas and analytical insights to others about their own work, and the work of other composers.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) performance stream: solo exam and performance; or

composition stream: composition projects
; (2) performance stream: participation; or

composition stream: listening/repertoire exam; 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)
Mr Graeme Gilling and Assistant Professor Christopher Tonkin
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
or
MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
Incompatibility:
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5
Contact hours
individual lessons: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week; ensemble participation: 2 hours per week
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