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Unit Overview


This unit expands upon learning and skills developed in MUSC1345 Performance Skills 1. The focus is on further development of technical and performance skills, preparing students for the higher level of technical development required for other units with the Creative Music Technology sequence of units, and culminates in a performance of repertoire appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance study.

This practical unit continues the development of musicianship and technical skills to underpin the input of music to electronic hardware and software via traditional (piano) keyboard. Keyboard proficiency within a contemporary music idiom and improvisation skills are further developed. Because each student will commence at a different level of proficiency, a personalised creative contract will form the basis of both instruction and examination of this keyboard component.

The unit also allows students to further develop skills in elements of technical performance skills such as the assembly of various elements of technology for music performance (e.g. microphones, amplifiers, speakers, other electronic components, hardware, software).

The corequisite unit MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2 will typically be as a member of the Symphonic Chorus, or another contemporary ensemble if the student meets the requisite audition requirements, and builds upon a large and predominantly acoustic music making experience.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Music major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate intermediate control of hands and fluent playing of melodies, bass lines, and chords upon the piano keyboard; (2) apply knowledge of extended traditional and contemporary harmonies to the execution of chords upon the piano keyboard; (3) demonstrate fluency in simple improvisation; and (4) demonstrate mastery of installing, setting up and operating electronic music hardware and software.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) keyboard exam; (2) technology tests; and (3) online 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 keyboard exam component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chris Tonkin
Unit rules
MUSC1345 Performance Skills 1
MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2 and enrolled in Bachelor of Music
MUSC1402 Practical Studies 2
Contact hours
individual/group lessons: 12 hours per semester

Students are strongly encouraged to procure a simple 61-note electronic (piano) keyboard, digital piano, or piano

  • 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.