Bachelor of Music - Performance Year 2 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Performance

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

PERFORMANCE

Unit Code

PERFOR 202

Unit Duration

Year long unit over 4 terms

Year Level

Two

Module

Solo, Ensemble, Choir/Conducting

Module Codes per semester

PERFSO2001

PERFSO2002

Year Coordinator

Leonie Wobking

Unit Coordinator

Dr Ern Knoop

Teaching Staff

Lecturer: Bernadette Norton
Tutors: Bernadette Norton, Leonie Wobking, Trevor McQuade, Glen Carter-Varney, Dr Kerwyn Alley, Mal Sedergreen, Greta Grybaitis, Melinda Huang, Mary Ann Mangion-Needham

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

Year One

Credit Points

13 per term; 52 per year
Solo 10 per term
Ensemble 2 per term
Choir/Conducting 1 per term
Course total = 156

Mode of Delivery

x Face to face
x Online
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
x Full-time
x Part-time
x External

Delivery/ Contact Hours per week

Performance – 3 hours
- Solo - 1 hour
- Ensemble - 1 hour
- Choir - 1 hour
Tutorial – 1 hour
Personal Study recommended – 11.5 hours

Award(s)

Bachelor of Music

Resource Requirements

  • Instrument
  • Instrumental tutor (specialist instruments only)
  • Video camera (distance students)
  • Web camera (distance students)
  • Software
  • Computing resource requirements
  • Technical Help

 

Unit Aims

This unit aims to develop and extend student’s performance skills and apply musicianship knowledge at an advanced level towards solo, ensemble, and choir performances; increase skills in conducting, display professionalism in stage presence and confidence while communicating with the audience. 
Students will complete weekly tutorials in their principal instrument, solo performance, ensemble and choir lectures. 

 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Increase analytical and cognitive skills by generating solutions for technical difficulties and evaluating technical demands and stylistic requirements in selected repertoire at an Associate standard.
  2. Respond to aesthetic qualities, directions, musical scores and stylistic challenges while displaying a strong sense of systematic methods, physical stamina, enhancing performance skills while performing as a soloist presenting contrasting works.  This includes public speaking and interpretive skills to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences.
  3. Sustain technical assurance, stylistic awareness, and a sense to apply creativity while maintaining fluency, style, and tonal stability.  Confidence to perform technical demands at a professional standard, sensitive to feeling of selected repertoire, secure intonation, dynamical sound, and strong application of ornamentation and musical expression.
  4. Use and apply analytical and problem solving skills to written work, demonstrating knowledge of musical concepts and the demands on a performer.
  5. Rehearse, perform and conduct a wide range of styles in various repertoires with a professional understanding towards a variety of audiences.
  6. Understand vocal techniques and ranges to assist in developing personal vocal skills incorporating solfege, increased understanding of singing in harmony and sight reading skills.
  7. Compare and implement elements of stagecraft, pedagogical methods, and employ leadership skills in choir direction and ensemble groups.
 

Teaching Outline

Year 2

A minimum of four solo works at a Bachelor Year Two standards (equivalent to AGME Associate standard), selected from the nominated list after discussion with their tutor.  A minimum of four ensemble pieces demonstrating teamwork, musicality and leadership skills.  A minimum of four choir performances.

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Term One & Two

Students will perform technical (if required depending on instrument and if student requires additional technical skills) work and two selected pieces at a basic standard.

Students will perform in at least two live public performances.

Students are to perform in an exam at the end of each term.

Students will perform solo pieces each week with technical exercises during tutorials with their tutor. 

Students will perform each week before the class to expand repertoire (own choice pieces).

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

Term One & Two

Students will perform and lead ensemble groups as directed by the Lecturer/tutor. Distance students will be given the option if suitable members/groups are not accessible to perform with backing tracks.

Students will study and develop stagecraft skills and assess other musician’s stage presence.

CHOIR PERFORMANCE

Term One & Two

Students will participate in choir practice and performances. Distance students will perform in local choirs or with backing tracks.

SOLO, ENSEMBLE AND CHOIR PERFORMANCE

Term Three & Four

A continuance of the material as listed yet higher skill levels will be expected in all areas and the final two pieces will be performed.

At the end of the third Term all students should be at a minimum pass standard. 

In the fourth term students will fine tune their musical skills to prepare for the final presentation of all 4 pieces and technical work which is required for the final end of year examination at an Associate standard.

 

Prescribed and recommended readings:

Required textbook(s)

  • Each student will be required to purchase or view the Guild handbook in relation to their instrument (for a list of technical requirements) & obtain an instrumental performance syllabus (see below for more information).  If a student has purchased an outside syllabus from a previous course it is up to the student to view the AGME syllabi and check with their tutor if it is at the same level that is required from the Guild.
  • If pieces are not listed in the current AGME syllabi the student is to submit a copy to be approved by the Lecturer in Charge.

Online Book/Video Access (MOODLE)

  • AGME – Instrumental Performance syllabi (Piano, Guitar, Clarinet, Violin, Viola – available online, http://www.guildmusic.edu.au/Pages/AGMS%20Pages/AGMS-Sales.html ); additional instrument syllabi being updated and are available in printed versions for the cost of printing.
  • AGME – Performance Requirements Guide
  • AGME - Sight Reading syllabi

Reference Materials
Peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures). Some examples are listed below.
Be Graceful Under Pressure: 7 Tips by Jeff Haden Why do some choke, while others stay cool and calm? It's all about you how prepare.  Last Updated: June 13, 2012, <http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/how-to-be-graceful-under-pressure.html>
Concert pianist: how to perform under pressure by Bruce KasanoffInfluencer (Ghostwriter, speaker) March 27, 2013, <http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130327122022-36792-concert-pianist-how-to-perform-under-pressure>
Performing Live: Stage Presence Tips, Thomas Hooper, Yahoo Contributor Network, Apr 14, 2011 <http://voices.yahoo.com/performing-live-stage-presence-tips-8267817.html>
It's one thing having a great set of pipes, but learning how to perform on stage or in a recording studio requires a whole new skill set. Mary Hammond, Karen Rabinowitz and Dominic Alldis explain how it's done.  Mary Hammond, Karen Rabinowitz and Dominic Alldis, The Observer, Sunday 10 May 2009, <http://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/may/10/tips-stage-performance-singing
The DIY Musician’s Complete Guide to Touring, By Chris Robley <http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/the-diy-musicians-complete-guide-to-touring/>
Q. Should we mic up the drums when playing live? Published in SOS June 2013, <http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun13/articles/qanda-0613-2.htm>


Student assessment 

 

Assessment Type

 

When assessed

Weighting
(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1a
Type: Assignment - Stagecraft
Word length: 600
Topic: Research and present an essay on the importance of stagecraft to a performer.  Include analysis of techniques known to gain a positive outcome in comparison to the negative. 

Term 1 Week 9

2%

4

Assessment 1b
Type: Practical & Written - Solo
Word length: 400
Topic: Students are to perform two contrasting pieces/songs at the required year two level in contemporary/classical/combined musical style (equivalent to AGME public examinations Associate level) for their instrument.  Students are to introduce each selection, demonstrate stagecraft and present a performance program. Performance time: 20 minutes minimum.  Distance students will film performance before a supervisor and submit a video/DVD.

Term 1 Week 9

8%

1, 2, 3, 4,

Assessment 1c
Type: Practical - Ensemble
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will perform 1 piece/song of your own choice and lead ensemble groups (duos acceptable for exceptional circumstances), as directed by the Lecturer/tutor. Distance students will be given the option, if suitable members/groups are not accessible, to perform with backing tracks. Observation of practice session will also be assessed for teamwork, verbal communication, maintaining rhythm and musicality. Distance students will film their performance and submit a video/DVD.

Term 1 Week 9

6%

5, 6, 7

Assessment 1d
Type: Practical - Choir
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will participate in choir practice and performances. Distance students will perform in local choirs or harmonise with backing tracks and submit a video/DVD of their performance.

Term 1 Week 9

2%

5, 6, 7

Assessment 2a
Type: Assignment – Live Performance Appraisal
Word length: 600
Topic: Research and present an essay evaluating 5 live performances (own choice of live performances allowed, however must be 5 different performers). 

Term 2 Week 18

2%

4

Assessment 2b
Type: Practical & Written - Solo
Word length: 400
Topic: Students are to perform two contrasting pieces/songs at the required year two level in contemporary/classical/combined musical style (equivalent to AGME public examinations Associate level) for their instrument. Note pieces are to be the same pieces previously performed in term 1, however are to demonstrate considerable improvement from the previous term. 
Students are to introduce each selection, demonstrate stagecraft and present a performance program. Performance time: 20 minutes minimum.  Distance students will film performance before a supervisor and submit a video/DVD.

Term 2 Week 18

8%

1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 2c
Type: Practical - Ensemble
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will perform 1 piece/song of your own choice and lead ensemble groups (duos acceptable for exceptional circumstances), as directed by the Lecturer/tutor. Distance students will be given the option, if suitable members/groups are not accessible, to perform with backing tracks. Observation of practice session will also be assessed for teamwork, verbal communication, maintaining rhythm and musicality. Distance students will film their performance and submit a video/DVD.

Term 2 Week 18

6%

5, 6, 7

Assessment 2d
Type: Practical - Choir
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will participate in choir practice and performances. Distance students will perform in local choirs or harmonise with backing tracks and submit a video/DVD of their performance.

Term 2 Week 18

2%

5, 6, 7

Assessment 3a
Type: Assignment – Concert Tour
Word length: 600
Topic: Research and present an essay analysing and evaluating one famous performer’s concert tour in contrast to another well-known performer.  Include a brief summary of the venues performed in, marketing of tour, opening act if any, and available merchandise.

Term 3 Week 26

2%

4

Assessment 3b
Type: Practical & Written - Solo
Word length: 400
Topic: Students are to perform two contrasting pieces/songs at the required year two level in contemporary/classical/combined musical style (equivalent to AGME public examinations Associate level) for their instrument. These are to be pieces that have not already been performed for the year. These are to be pieces that have not already been performed for the year.  Additional list pieces may be added if the time frame cannot be met. Students are to introduce each selection, demonstrate stagecraft and present a performance program. Performance time: 25 minutes minimum. Distance students will film performance before a supervisor and submit a video/DVD.

Term 3 Week 26

8%

1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 3c
Type: Practical - Ensemble
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will perform 1 piece/song of your own choice and lead ensemble groups (duos acceptable for exceptional circumstances), as directed by the Lecturer/tutor. Distance students will be given the option, if suitable members/groups are not accessible, to perform with backing tracks. Observation of practice session will also be assessed for teamwork, verbal communication, maintaining rhythm and musicality. Distance students will film their performance and submit a video/DVD.

Term 3 Week 26

6%

5, 6, 7

Assessment 3d
Type: Practical - Choir
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will participate in choir practice and performances. Distance students will perform in local choirs or harmonise with backing tracks and submit a video/DVD of their performance.

Term 3 Week 26

2%

5, 6, 7

Assessment 4a
Type: Assignment – Personal Performance Critique and Analysis
Word length: 600
Topic: Research and present an essay analysing and evaluating one of your own performance examinations performed in this year of study. 

Term 4 Week 37

2%

4

Assessment 4b Final Exam
Type: Practical & Written - Solo
Word length: 700
Topic: Students are to perform four contrasting pieces/songs at the required year two level in contemporary/classical/combined musical style (equivalent to AGME public examinations Associate level) for their instrument. Additional list pieces may be added if the time frame cannot be met.  Students are to introduce each selection, demonstrate stagecraft and present a performance program. Performance time: 45 minutes minimum.  Distance students will film performance before a supervisor and submit a video/DVD.

Term 4 Week 37

30%
Mandatory to pass

1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 4c Final Exam
Type: Practical - Ensemble
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will perform 1 piece/song of your own choice and lead ensemble groups (duos acceptable for exceptional circumstances), as directed by the Lecturer/tutor. Distance students will be given the option, if suitable members/groups are not accessible, to perform with backing tracks. Observation of practice session will also be assessed for teamwork, verbal communication, maintaining rhythm and musicality. Distance students will film their performance and submit a video/DVD.

Term 4 Week 37

6%

5, 6, 7

Assessment 4d Final Exam
Type: Practical - Choir
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will participate in choir practice and performances. Distance students will perform in local choirs or harmonise with backing tracks and submit a video/DVD of their performance.

Term 4 Week 37

2%

5, 6, 7

Assessment 4e
Public Performance Record Book: 
Students are required to produce a record of performances they have participated in during the year. It is recommended that this is done monthly and it is compulsory that a minimum of one major performance outside the Guild performances is completed each Term.

Term 4
Week 37

6%

1, 2, 3, 7

 

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes.


A. Research, critical thinking and inquiry

Learning Outcomes

A1. adjust knowledge to new circumstances to problem solve creatively and with imagination in public performance/professional practice

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

A2. research, analyse, evaluate, think critically, organize evidence clearly and logically in a range of circumstances, including written work, performance and professional practice

1, 4

B. Knowledge and Skills

 

B1. knowledge of music technologies required in performance/professional practice

1, 4

B2. advanced knowledge of music theory, aural, and performance/professional practice in either solo or group settings

3, 4, 7

C. Communication

 

C1. communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using oral,  written, audio and visual applications to extend learning, (including while directing ensemble groups, instrumental tutoring,  and other professional practice), and utilising  assessment, negotiation and understanding

2, 4, 7

C2. ability to contribute to teams and resolve conflicts whilst supervising group tasks, performing or other professional practice

7

D. Independent Learning

 

D1. independent learning in a self-directed manner while being able to reflect on and evaluate work practices and performance to achieve goals

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

E. Creative and Professional Understanding

 

E1. demonstrate professional understanding and respect for standards of current music knowledge, pedagogy, performance/professional practice.

3, 6, 7

E2. open to innovative concepts, procedures and philosophies in performance/professional practice and application of creativity.

3