MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Music Specialist Studies major sequence
Content
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.
Outcomes
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..
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3
or
MUSC2401 Practical Studies 3
Co-requisites:
MUSC2592 Music Large Ensemble 4
Incompatibility:
MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
Contact hours
individual/group lessons: 12 hours per semester; workshops: 20 hours per semester; collaborative music projects: varies according to each project
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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