MUSC2741 Practical Studies C

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
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.
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
; (2) composition stream: workshop participation and experimental performance; OR performance stream: online component including readings and tests; and (3) all students: online reflective practice journal. 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
and all students: online reflective practice journal components.

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
MUSC1742 Practical Studies B and enrolled in the Music General Studies
MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
any MUSC Principal Studies 1-6 unit
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
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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.