MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
- 6 points
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.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online. Semester 2 UWA (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 2 core unit in the Music major sequence
- In this unit students choose to specialise in either music performance or composition in order to extend musicianship, technical and repertory skills addressed in MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3. For performers, there is a particular emphasis on the study of more advanced repertoire drawn from the literature of the student's principal instrument or voice. The focus is on consolidating the level of technical and musical skills attained in MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1, MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2 and MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3, and culminating in a performance examination of repertoire selected to demonstrate these skills. For composers, skills are developed in the creation of electro-acoustic music, with a study of real-time signal processing and sound synthesis within the object-oriented music programming environment. Using the skills acquired during the semester, students complete an original work for single instrument and live electronics. Additionally, students complete an acoustic work for small chamber ensemble, applying a repertoire of compositional techniques studied in MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1, MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2 and MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3. This is a compulsory unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Students are able to (1) in Performance—(a) demonstrate further command of instrumental/vocal technique beyond the level attained in MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3; (b) demonstrate control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of appropriate Level 2 repertoire; (c) prepare repertoire of greater difficulty and complexity than that studied in MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3; (d) demonstrate continuing development of musicianship through sophistication of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression beyond the level attained in MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3; (e) demonstrate increasing sophistication in collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance; and (f) demonstrate more advanced performance practice conventions and style and (2) in Composition—(a) apply knowledge of real-time digital audio in the development of original compositions; (b) apply advanced compositional techniques and tools to the development of complex musical material; (c) apply knowledge of conventional and extended techniques for acoustic instruments; (d) demonstrate increasing sophistication in collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance; and (e) apply knowledge of relevant music programming software..
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) performers: solo repertoire examination; OR
composers: composition projects and listening/repertoire examination
; (2) collaborative music project; and (3) concert and weekly composition/instrumental workshop participation. 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 performers: solo repertoire examination; OR
composers: composition projects and listening/repertoire examination component.
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
- Contact hours
- individual/group lessons: 12 hours per semester; workshops: 20 hours per semester; collaborative music projects: varies according to each project
- 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.