MUSC1981 Music Ensemble 1

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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
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.
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 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)
Professor Alan Lourens and Dr Paul de Cinque
Unit rules
MUSC2541 Practical Music 3
MUSC2542 Practical Music 4
MUSC3541 Practical Music 5
MUSC3542 Practical Music 6
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5
MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6
MUSC3601 Primary Music Curriculum and Ensemble Training 1
MUSC3602 Primary Music Curriculum and Ensemble Training 2
MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7
MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8
MUSC4601 Secondary Music Curriculum and Materials 1
MUSC4602 Secondary Music Curriculum and Materials 2
MUSC7401 Practical Studies Honours 1
MUSC7402 Practical Studies Honours 2
(Note: Students cannot take MUSC1981 Music Ensemble 1 if concurrently enrolled in MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
MUSC1342 Practical Music 2)
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Mallet (estimated cost - $15 - $30)
(2) Ukulele (estimated cost - $50 - $100).
Contact hours
ensemble participation: 16 hours plus 2 hr performance
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-SUMM-F-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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.