MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music Specialist Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
In this unit, students choose to specialise in either music performance or composition in order to conclude the development of musicianship, technical skills and repertory in either performance or composition addressed in MUSC3541 Practical Music 5. For performers, there is a particular emphasis on the study of advanced repertoire drawn from the literature of the student's principal instrument or voice. The focus is on further consolidating both technical and musical skills attained throughout Practical Music 1 to 5, and culminating in a performance examination of repertoire selected to demonstrate these skills in a public recital situation. Composition students apply techniques and technologies studied throughout the Practical Music sequence to the development of a portfolio of original compositions submitted and assessed at the end of semester. The portfolio must display variety in scope and instrumentation, and at least one work must involve technologies studied in previous semesters. The unit culminates in a recital examination of several original works developed during the year. Ahead of the recital, each student makes a 45-minute presentation to the composition workshop, a retrospective of their work developed during their studies. This is an elective unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students are able to (1) in performance—(a) demonstrate instrumental/vocal technique beyond the level attained after completing MUSC3541 Practical Music 5; (b) develop achievement through control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of appropriate recital repertoire; (c) gain knowledge of relevant concert repertoire, through preparation of specifically chosen works drawn from the literature of their instrument or voice of greater difficulty and complexity than that already studied in Practical Music 1 to 5; (d) develop a maturity of musicianship through sophistication of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression beyond the level attained in MUSC3541 Practical Music 5; (e) demonstrate sophistication in the collaborative skills required in large ensemble performance; and (6) understand theoretical and historical aspects of their repertoire based on the study of written and recorded sources as well as their own experience and (2) in composition—(a) demonstrate command of relevant technologies for composition and performance; (b) apply advanced compositional techniques to the development of original compositions; (c) demonstrate command of idiomatic and extended scoring for acoustic instruments, in solo and small chamber ensemble contexts; (d) produce scores and parts of a publishable standard; (e) verbally communicate their own creative ideas and analytical insights with reference to their own work and the work of others; and (f) independently manage the creation of an original composition from conception, through scoring, production of parts, rehearsal and performance.
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
an average of 60 per cent for MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5
MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6
Contact hours
individual lessons: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week; ensemble participation: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.