MUSC3543 Advanced Ensemble

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music Studies; Music Specialist Studies; Music General Studies major sequences
This unit focuses on developing advanced ensemble concepts and techniques. It emphasises the understanding and development of individual leadership skills in both conducted and un-conducted musical ensembles, the collaborative interpretation and communication of musical ideas, and rehearsal techniques for different music ensembles. These skills are developed through the study, preparation and performance of selected chamber music repertoire, and practical workshops in conducting skills. Students engage with various theoretical frameworks, through musical score study, source readings in performance practices and rehearsal techniques.

This unit is an elective unit in the Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate effective musical leadership skills and techniques in a range of performance settings; (2) investigate and apply relevant performance practices for studied repertoire in conducted and unconducted ensemble performance; (3) demonstrate an understanding of psychological processes underlying communicative gesture in musical ensembles; (4) contribute to the development of a collaborative musical interpretation; (5) demonstrate development of these leadership techniques and outcomes while maintaining individual control and quality of performance in appropriate chamber music repertoire; and (6) contribute towards a peer-reflection process involving the student's own work and that of other students.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a performance examination; (2) a workshop presentation and participation assessment; and (3) a written research project. 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)
Mr Graeme Gilling
Unit rules
any Level 2 Music unit
enrolled in the Music Studies major (degree specific major)
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5, MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6, MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7, MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8
Contact hours
32 (conducting tutorials/workshops: 1 hour per week; workshops: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 8 hours per semester)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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