Music Performance Year One

Unit of Study - Music Performance 101

The following applies to Year One Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit NameMUSIC PERFORMANCE: Solo Performance 1
Unit CodeMUSPER 101
Unit DescriptionIn this unit, students will learn how to:
• Prepare and present musical performances at a 1st year degree standard (equivalent to AGME-Proficiency level)
• Choose suitable repertoire, practice and rehearse effectively to expand technical and instrumental ability.
• Reflect on and self-critique performances in order to develop practice methodology.
Award(s)Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration1 Semester (12 weeks)
Year LevelYear 1, Semester 1
Unit CoordinatorCaleb Garfinkel
Teaching StaffLecturers: Leonie Wobking, Caleb Garfinkel
Tutors: Bernadette Norton, Leonie Wobking, Caleb Garfinkel
Credit Points15 credit points
Mode of Deliveryx Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Intensive/block mode (where the unit or a face to face component is delivered in a block)
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
x Full-time
x Part-time
o External
o Fast track
Student Workload
Delivery/ Contact Hours
No. timetabled hours per week:
• Lecture – 1 hour
• Practical Session – 1 hour
• Tutorial – 1 hour
• Personal Independent Study – 9 hours
Total hours per week – 12 hours
Resource Requirements• Instrument
• Instrumental tutor (specialist instruments only)
• Video camera (distance students)
• Web camera (distance students)
• Computer facilities
• Video editing software
• External technical help
Resources Provided• Instrumental Tutors.
• On-campus equipment and performance facilities
• Online streaming video and additional referencing videos
• Library resources (see prescribed or recommended texts below)

Unit Aims

The Music Performance 101 unit aims to develop performance and technical instrumental skills at an introductory level as a soloist. Performance is relevant to contemporary environments in the music industry. In this unit, students develop skills at an introductory level in assessing and evaluating their own performance practice, in order to establish their own performance goals and desired outcomes. Students will also constructively critique the performances of other students, to enable collaborative improvement and musical awareness.
Students will complete weekly tutorials in their principal instrument, present weekly performances to other enrolled students, assist in providing constructive criticism for other members in performance workshops, and present an end-of-semester technical presentation. Students are encouraged to incorporate skills developed in other units in their ongoing performance, including Composition and Music Technology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Select and perform a diverse and varied program of appropriate repertoire as a soloist at an introductory standard, demonstrating developing control of instrumental ability and musicality, and show an increasing openness to a variety of musical styles and developing influences.
  2. Develop technical control and musical fluency, showing sensitivity to expressive elements and performance characteristics, and demonstrating intonation, phrasing, dynamics, ornamentation, timing and tonal balance.
  3. Effectively rehearse material for performance, developing methods for solving technical difficulties in performance by analysing and evaluating technical demands and stylistic requirements through self-directed practice routines.
  4. Communicate musical concepts and appropriate stagecraft technique through effective audience engagement.
  5. Develop self-analysis and critical skills through constructive written and verbal analysis of their own and other students’ musical performances.

Teaching Outline

Solo Performance allows students to develop existing instrumental skills at an introductory standard through individual weekly lessons and regular performances on their principal instrument, as well as broader performance-practice techniques through weekly lectures.
Students will have weekly lessons with their instrumental tutor of the student and tutor’s design, which are focused toward fulfilling the end-of-semester performance goals. Weekly Performance Masterclass lectures will address areas of performance and stagecraft considerations, with an introduction to improvisation.

Students will perform a technical examination, 20 minutes, and minimum of 4 solo works, 30 mins at an introductory standard, selected in discussion with their tutor based on the nominated list.

Students will perform pieces in progress from their respective examinations at least each 2 weeks to class. If suitable members/groups are not accessible for accompaniment, students may perform with self-produced backing tracks or accompaniment technology.
Lesson Material Covered
Performance etiquette, examination preparation, performance psychology and techniques.

Developing improvisation. Practising critically and effectively. Recital preparation. Creative practice, aural development in practice. Live performance vs exams.

Student Assessment

Assessment TypeWhen assessedWeighting
(% of total unit marks)
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Assessment 1.1: Performance Workshop Engagement
Type: Performances and Feedback
Students participate weekly in performance workshop by performing live (on campus) or providing pre-recorded video link (distance), and by critiquing and providing feedback of other student’s performances. Students will present a minimum of 6 performances, with at least 4 different pieces performed.
Ongoing20%1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Assessment 1.2: Investigative Essay
Type: Essay
Length: 1,000 words
Investigative essay on a defined area discussed in Performance lectures.
Week 720%4, 5
Assessment 1.3:
Type: Exam
Length: 20 minutes
Performance of selected technical exercises and study pieces as assessed by examiner. Students are expected to know all material outlined in prescribed syllabus.
Week 1460%1, 2, 4

Prescribed and recommended readings:

Required textbook(s)

Australian Guild of Music Instrumental Handbook in relation to chosen instrument (for list of technical requirements and suggested performance syllabus)

Library Resources

Online Resources (books/video)
A subscription to Oxford Music Online and to Grove Music Online which includes:

  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed.).
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.).
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.).
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Opera.
  • The Oxford Companion to Music.
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2nd ed.).

Plus updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online.

A subscription to JSTOR Journals and books
A subscription to video tutorials

Recommended Reading List

Cameron, J. (2016). The Artist’s Way. London, England: Penguin.

Green, B., & Gallwey, W. T. (1987). The Inner Game of Music. New York, NY: Pan Macmillan.

Werner, K., and Aebersold, J. (1996). Effortless Mastery. New Albany, IN: Jamey Aebersold Jazz.

Wooten, V. (2008). The Music Lesson: A spiritual search for growth through music. New York, NY: Penguin.

Reference Materials

Cross, D. (2014). Playing for a Crowd: Hints and Tips. Retrieved from

Dowling, D. (n.d.). Performance Hints & Techniques in Piano Playing and the Music of Chopin. Retrieved from

Goldberg, J. (2013). Stage Fright (Performance Anxiety). WebMD. Retrieved from

Klickstein, G. (2009). Overcome Performance Anxiety, Conquer Stage Fright. Oxford University Press: 2009-2014. Retrieved from

Music & Performing Arts, Last Updated: Feb 17, 2014,

Course Outcomes

#Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:
Unit Learning OutcomesAssessments
1 A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline1, 2, 3, 4, 51.1, 1.2, 1.3
2A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation1, 2, 3, 4, 51.1, 1.2, 1.3
3An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research1, 2, 3, 4, 51.1, 1.2, 1.3
4The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings1, 2, 3, 51.1, 1.2, 1.3
5Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills3, 4, 51.1, 1.2, 1.3
6Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study3, 4, 51.1, 1.2, 1.3
7The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts1, 2, 3, 4, 51.1, 1.2, 1.3
8The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices1, 2, 31.1, 1.2, 1.3
9The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.NANA

Graduate Attributes

#Graduate Attribute
Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:
Unit Learning OutcomesCourse Learning OutcomesAssessments
1Deep disciplinary knowledge1, 2, 3, 4, 51, 2, 3, 4, 71.1, 1.2, 1.3
2The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways1, 2, 3, 4, 54, 5, 6, 71.1, 1.2, 1.3
3A commitment to lifelong learning1, 2, 3, 4, 51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 71.1, 1.2, 1.3
4Effective communication skills for diverse contexts3, 4, 53, 5, 6, 71.1, 1.2, 1.3
5The capacity to work independently and collaboratively1, 2, 3, 4, 53, 4, 5, 6, 71.1, 1.2, 1.3