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Unit Overview


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 MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1 or MUSC2741 Practical Studies B. For performers, there is a particular emphasis on repertoire drawn from the literature of the student's principal instrument or voice. The focus is on further development of technical and performance skills, culminating in a performance of chosen repertoire appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance study and preparing students for the higher level of technical development required for the next unit in the sequence, MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3. For composers, the unit builds on essential musicianship and fundamental compositional technique. These skills are developed through short composition exercises based on examples from the repertoire. Students study and apply common compositional techniques found in composers' works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This prepares students for a study of higher level techniques introduced in the next unit in the sequence, MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3. This unit is a complementary unit in the Music Studies major (degree-specific major) in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music Studies; Music major sequences

Students are able to (1) in performance—(a) demonstrate embedded basic vocal/instrumental technique; (b) demonstrate fundamental control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of repertoire; (c) prepare repertoire appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; (d) develop musicianship through fundamental use of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression found in chosen repertoire; (e) employ and develop collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance; and (f) demonstrate an awareness of performance practice conventions and style. and (2) in composition—(a) demonstrate fluency with conventional symbolic music notation; (b) demonstrate a developing repertoire of compositional techniques and tools for the development of musical material; (c) apply knowledge of acoustic instruments through idiomatic instrumental writing; (d) employ and develop collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance; and (e) apply knowledge of historical approaches to music composition studied during the semester;..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) performers: solo repertoire examination; OR

composers: composition projects, assignments, and tests; (2) collaborative music project; and (3) concert and weekly composition/instrumental workshop participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the performers: solo repertoire examination; OR composers: composition projects, assignments, and tests component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Graeme Gilling and Dr. James Ledger
Unit rules
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1 and
Enrolment in
or MJD-MUSST Music Studies
MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
or MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
or MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
or MUSC3741 Practical Studies D
Contact hours
individual/group lessons: 12 hours per semester
workshops: 20 hours per semester
collaborative music projects: varies according to each project
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.