MUSC3741 Practical Studies D

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
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.
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
; (2) composition stream: workshop participation and experimental performance; OR performance stream: online component including readings and tests; and (3) all students: online reflective practice journal. 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
and all students: online reflective practice journal components.

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
MUSC2741 Practical Studies C and enrolment in the Music General Studies major
MUSC2592 Music Large Ensemble 4
any MUSC Principal Studies 1-6 unit
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
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.