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Unit Overview


This is the final unit in the sequence of the Practical Studies units as part of the Music General Studies major and builds on MUSC2741 Practical Studies C.

For composers the emphasis is on establishment of a personal style and fluency in compositional writing, synthesising techniques and conceptual knowledge gained in previous units by applying idiomatic instrumental writing into a diverse portfolio of compositions, and applying common compositional techniques found in composers' works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These skills are developed through composition exercises based on examples from the repertoire.

For performers the emphasis is upon development of instrumental technique and performance skills culminating in a performance of a mixed program of chosen repertoire.

This unit is the final unit in the sequence, but may permit students to transition to MUSC2451 Principal Studies 3 within the Music Specialist Studies major.

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 General Studies major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced technique according to composition or instrumental specialisation; (2) composers: (a) explain and apply an advanced understanding of the conventions of music notation for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, as well ensemble scoring; (b) demonstrate advanced fundamental compositional techniques for the development of more advanced musical material; (c) demonstrate an advanced understanding of acoustic instruments, their capabilities and limitations; and (d) apply knowledge and awareness of repertoire and historical approaches to composition appropriate to an advanced level; and (3) performers: (a) demonstrate complete control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation, tonal quality; (b) demonstrate advanced use of phrasing, dynamic control and advanced expression through performance of more demanding technical work and solo repertoire; (c) demonstrate a diverse knowledge and application of performance skills through presenting a range of relevant repertoire including advanced technical work, studies, etudes and vocal/instrumental repertoire appropriate to tertiary Level 3 performance studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) composition stream: a portfolio; OR performance stream: a solo repertoire examination

and (2) composition stream: workshop participation and experimental performance; OR performance stream: online component including readings and tests. 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 component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Graeme Gilling and James Ledger
Unit rules
MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
and Enrolment in MJD-MSTGM Music General Studies and
MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
or MUSC2342 Music in Action
MUSC2592 Music Large Ensemble 4
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1 MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2 MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3 MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4 MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5 MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6
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
  • 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.