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MUSC2981 Music Ensemble 3

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective
Building upon skills and knowledge from Level 1 Music Ensemble units, this unit focuses on the study of cultural and historical music performance practices in music ensembles. Students develop performance practice knowledge and skills and apply these in their chosen/approved ensemble (either an ensemble related to MUSC1982 Music Ensemble 2 or through the learning of new repertoire in the same ensemble*). Unit workshops focus on developing research skills and methods of studying performance practices in musical ensembles, broadly defined, supported by research literature relevant to the genre and style of repertoire performed in the student's chosen ensemble. Ensembles may be non-auditioned (e.g. Show Choir, Percussion Ensemble) or subject to audition (e.g. Symphony Orchestra, Winthrop Singers, Wind Orchestra, etc.). All ensembles perform at least once in public during the semester, either in the University or the wider community.

This unit is an elective unit in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other degree pathways who have an interest in music.

*Availability of ensembles for the unit is subject to change. All ensembles may not run in every semester.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate performance practice awareness in a chosen/approved music ensemble; (2) show effective control of music ensemble performance elements (accuracy, articulation and phrasing, tone quality, dynamics, expression); (3) convincingly perform selected repertoire in a public concert; (4) articulate key themes in research literature related to performance practice considerations in the repertoire of the student's chosen ensemble; and (5) undertake a research project that demonstrates the application of relevant research literature and methodologies to performance practice concepts in ensemble performance and rehearsals.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a public performance; (2) rehearsal attendance and participation; and (3) a research project comprising written and/or verbal components. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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)
Assistant Professor Graeme Gilling
Unit rules
MUSC1982 Music Ensemble 2 or any Level 1 Music unit and audition. Some ensembles are subject to audition (e.g. Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Consort); some ensembles are non-auditioned and require no previous experience (e.g. percussion ensemble)
Approved quota: 250—auditions for some ensembles, otherwise first-come, first-served basis
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Mallet (estimated cost - $15 - $30)
(2) Ukulele (estimated cost - $50 - $100).
Contact hours
ensemble rehearsals: 20 hours; seminars: 6 hours
  • 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.