MUSC3544 Topics in Performance Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music Specialist Studies major sequence
This unit focuses on the study of performance practices and the performance of repertoire from a range of historical periods with a special focus on stylistically appropriate techniques and conventions. Aspects covered may include notational conventions and their interpretation; practical and theoretical treatises and their application to historically-informed performance; historical and social contexts and their impact on musical composition and performance; as well as instruments and their specialised techniques. Through lectures and practical workshops, students explore the basis for historically-informed practices and their practical application in contemporary contexts. Unit topics focus on the music of one historical period. These topics may include Baroque/Classical (seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries), Romantic (nineteenth to early twentieth centuries) and contemporary (twentieth to twenty-first centuries).

This is an elective unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a practical and theoretical knowledge of historical performance practice trends; (2) articulate the basis on which forms of musical notation have emerged; (3) express key ideas and concepts about historical performance verbally, in writing and in performance; and (4) demonstrate an historically-informed approach in the performance of music from selected periods, using a research-based approach to style, musical aesthetic and choice of performance practice conventions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop participation; (2) presentation; and (3) research portfolio. 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)
Dr Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
MUSC2542 Practical Music 4
MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5; MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6; MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7; MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8
Contact hours
workshops: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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