Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Click on an offering mode for more details.

Unit Overview


This practical unit builds on MUSC1742 Practical Studies B and extends students' knowledge and practical application of practical skills in musicianship, technical skills, and repertoire in either composition or performance.

For composers the emphasis is on the further development of technique by applying conceptual knowledge of notation and scoring to a broader range of instruments, and by examining both chamber and larger-scale compositions from key compositional periods. For performers the emphasis is upon further development and improvement of instrumental technique and performance skills and performing more diverse repertoire.

This unit prepares students for the next unit in the sequence, MUSC3741 Practical Studies D.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Music General Studies major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate proficiency of technique according to composition or instrumental specialisation; (2) composers: (a) demonstrate more advanced understanding of the conventions of music notation for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, as well ensemble scoring; (b) demonstrate more advanced compositional techniques for the development of simple musical material; (c) demonstrate more advanced understanding of acoustic instruments, their capabilities and limitations; and (d) apply more advanced knowledge and awareness of repertoire and historical approaches to composition appropriate to the level of the unit; and (3) performers: (a) demonstrate proficient control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation, tonal quality; b) demonstrate and apply advanced use of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression through performance of appropriate technical work; (c) demonstrate an ability to synthesise knowledge of relevant repertoire through preparation of technical work, etudes and vocal/instrumental literature appropriate to tertiary Level 2 performance studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) composition stream: a portfolio; OR performance stream: a solo repertoire examination

and (2) composition stream: workshop participation and experimental performance; OR performance stream: online component including 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 composition stream: a portfolio; OR performance stream: a solo repertoire examination component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Graeme Gilling and James Ledger
Unit rules
MUSC1742 Practical Studies B AND enrolled in the Music General Studies
AND successful completion of
at least three (3) other Level 1 units from any discipline
MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1 MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2 MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3 MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4 MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5 MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6
Contact hours
composition: workshops, seminars and one-to-one instruction: 36 hours per semester (up to 4 hours per week)
performance: individual/group lessons: 6 hours per semester
  • 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.