MUSC1741 Practical Studies A

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music General Studies major sequence
This practical unit draws together students from different levels of musical experience at pre-tertiary level, and consolidates essential musicianship, technical skills and repertoire in either composition or performance.

For composers the emphasis is on development of technique and conceptual knowledge. For performers the emphasis is upon development of instrumental technique and performance skills including awareness of psychological, biomechanical/performance health concepts.

This unit prepares students for the next unit in the sequence, MUSC1742 Practical Studies B.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the fundamentals of technique according to composition or instrumental specialisation; (2) composers: (a) apply fundamental pitch and rhythmic processes to manipulate and transform musical material; (b) demonstrate appropriate use of notation toward compositional aims; (c) demonstrate knowledge of relevant repertoire through score analysis; (d) develop conceptual understanding of and practical experience with experimental music performance; and (3) performers: (a) demonstrate fundamental control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation, tonal quality; (b) demonstrate use of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression through performance of appropriate technical work; (c) demonstrate knowledge of relevant repertoire through preparation of technical work, etudes and vocal/instrumental literature appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; (d) demonstrate awareness of psychological and biomechanical/performance health concepts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) composition stream: a portfolio; OR performance stream: a solo repertoire examination; (2) composition stream: workshop participation and experimental performance; OR performance stream: online component including readings and tests; and (3) all students: online reflective practice journal. 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 composition stream: a portfolio; OR performance stream: a solo repertoire examination and all students: online reflective practice journal components.

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 James Ledger
Unit rules
passed Conservatorium of Music audition/composition portfolio
MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1 and
Must be enrolled in the Music General Studies Major
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
Contact hours
composition: workshops, seminars and one-to-one instruction: 36 hours per semester (up to 4 hours per week); performance: individual/group lessons: 6 hours per semester
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.