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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the study of performance practices and the performance of repertoire from a range of historical periods with a special focus on stylistically appropriate techniques and conventions. Aspects covered may include notational conventions and their interpretation; practical and theoretical treatises and their application to historically-informed performance; historical and social contexts and their impact on musical composition and performance; as well as instruments and their specialised techniques. Through lectures and practical workshops, students explore the basis for historically-informed practices and their practical application in contemporary contexts. Unit topics focus on the music of one historical period. These topics may include Baroque/Classical (seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries), Romantic (nineteenth to early twentieth centuries) and contemporary (twentieth to twenty-first centuries).

This is an elective unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music; Contemporary Popular Music major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a practical and theoretical knowledge of historical

performance practice trends; (2) articulate the basis on which forms of musical notation have emerged; (3) express key ideas and concepts about historical performance verbally, in writing and in performance; and (4) demonstrate an historically-informed approach in the performance of music from a selected period, using a practice-based research approach to the study of style, musical aesthetic and choice of performance practice conventions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) presentation; and (3) portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Suzanne Wijsman
Unit rules
Successful completion of
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5.
MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6.
MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7.
MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8
Contact hours
workshops: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
  • 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.