Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


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.

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 General Studies major sequence

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: composition projects, assignments, and tests; OR performance stream: a solo repertoire examination and (2) composition stream: workshop participation and experimental performance; OR performance stream: online component including readings and tests. 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: composition projects, assignments, and tests; OR performance stream: a solo repertoire examination 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
Successful completion of
Conservatorium of Music audition/composition portfolio
MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1 MJD-MSTGM Music General Studies
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
  • 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.