MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Music Specialist Studies major sequence
In this unit students choose to specialise in either music performance or composition in order to further refine musicianship, technical skills and repertory addressed in MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4. For performers, the emphasis is on the preparation of technically focused repertoire, but of greater difficulty than before, drawn from the literature of the student's principal instrument or voice, and also the further development of technique and performance skills. Composition students apply techniques and technologies studied in Principal Studies 1 to 4 to the development of a portfolio of original compositions submitted and assessed at the end of semester. In addition to the portfolio of scores, students submit one composition from the portfolio for performance and presentation to a jury of senior musicians for feedback and assessment. Independent research and analysis of repertoire continue, culminating in a research presentation in the weekly composition workshop.

This is a core unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students are able to (1) in Performance—(a) demonstrate instrumental/vocal technique beyond the intermediate tertiary level attained at Level 2; (b) demonstrate advanced control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of advanced technical work and repertoire; (c) prepare repertoire with a technical emphasis that incorporates vocal/instrumental literature of greater difficulty and complexity than that studied at Level 2; (d) demonstrate musicianship through sophistication of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression beyond the level attained in MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4; (e) demonstrate sophistication in collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance, and (f) demonstrate an increasing sophistication of performance practice conventions and style beyond that studied at Level 2 and (2) in Composition—(a) demonstrate command (where utilised) of relevant technologies for composition and performance; (b) apply advanced compositional techniques to the development of original compositions; (c) demonstrate competence with idiomatic and extended scoring for acoustic instruments, in solo and small chamber ensemble contexts; (d) demonstrate sophistication in collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance; (e) verbally communicate their own creative ideas and analytical insights to others about their own work; and (f) produce legible scores and parts suitable for performance; and work of other composers..
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
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5
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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