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Unit Overview


By participating in one of a range of music ensembles—some subject to audition (e.g. symphony orchestra)—this unit enables students to develop ensemble skills to a level of competent group performance. A series of seminars focus on (1) essential contexts and concepts in relation to musical ensembles in general; and (2) reflective practice as a research methodology applied to music ensemble participation. All ensembles perform at least once in public during the semester, either in the University or in the wider community. This unit is an elective unit in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other degree pathways who have an interest in music.

6 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate instrumental/vocal technique that enables competent participation in a chosen/approved music ensemble; (2) demonstrate functional control of the elements of music ensemble performance (accuracy, articulation and phrasing, tone quality, dynamics, expression); (3) perform selected repertoire in a public concert; (4) articulate in verbal and written forms knowledge about essential concepts and contexts of musical ensembles; and (5) keep a reflective practice journal and develop a reflective practice report about the their personal practice and performance, ensemble rehearsal and performance, and concepts and contexts pertaining to their chosen/allocated ensemble.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) public performance; (2) rehearsal attendance and participation; and (3) a 1500-word reflective practice report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alan Lourens
Unit rules
Some ensembles are subject to audition (e.g.
Symphony Orchestra, Con-Cantorum).
some ensembles are non-auditioned and require no previous experience (e.g.
percussion ensemble)
Approved quota: 400—allocations based on auditions for some ensembles, otherwise first come, first-served basis
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Ukulele (estimated cost - $50 - $100).
Contact hours
all written work is provided online
  • 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.