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 CodeMUSPER101
Unit DescriptionThis unit develops students’ technical skills on their instrument or voice, relevant to their intended end-of-semester recital examination repertoire and ongoing musical development and under the direction of their tutor. Students will analyse their repertoire for technical demands and areas of development, thus acquiring problem-solving skills to achieve their defined musical performance outcomes. Regular performances at the performance seminar will provide the opportunity to give feedback to, and receive it from, classmates to aid in developing proficiency, as well as refining the ability to self-critique their own instrumental or vocal performance. In the interactive lecture students will learn to understand their potential performance problems such as dealing with anxiety and nervousness; performance etiquette; approaches to different performance styles; developing practice goals and setting realistic expectations; and self-mediating their progress. Students will keep a reflective journal of their performances, practice and feedback which will be assessed as part of the unit, with a focus on developing personal philosophies and approaches to musical practice which will establish productive habits in their performing careers.
Award(s)Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration1 Semester (12 weeks)
Year LevelYear 1, Semester 1
Unit CoordinatorTBA
Teaching StaffLecturers: TBA
Tutors: TBA
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 or vocal tutors
• On-campus equipment and performance facilities
• Online streaming video and additional referencing videos
• Library resources (see prescribed or recommended texts below)

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

All attending and online students will participate in weekly discussions with all performance students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music, with topics prescribed as below to explore performance practice, stage and rehearsal etiquette, practice planning, performance mindfulness and specific performance aspects.
All students will also participate in weekly musical performances in class to develop their confidence in performing in front of audiences and to develop their technical abilities and repertoire for end-of-semester exams. Students are expected to attend each week regardless of if they are performing in order to participate in feedback for peers and to observe feedback which may be relevant to their own practice.
Guest presenters will give lectures or masterclasses throughout the semester on topics related to their performance practice, and run performance workshops with students in line with regular discussions.
Students should perform pieces in progress from their respective examinations or similar material at least every 2 weeks to the class, to seek feedback. If suitable members/groups are not accessible for accompaniment, students may perform with self-produced backing tracks or accompaniment technology.
This is a participatory, assessable activity; 100% attendance is expected.

Weekly topics 
Week 1 Practicing vs Practising (1)

Week 2 Practicing vs Practising (2)

Week 3 Stagecraft

Week 4 Relationship with the Audience

Week 5 Role of the Soloist

Week 6 Conducting Practicalities

Week 7 Rehearsal Etiquette

Week 8 Practising and Rehearsing

Week 9 Practising and Rehearsing

Week 10 Collaboration

Week 11 Stress in Performance

Week 12 Path to Teaching

Student Assessment

Assessment TypeWhen assessedWeightingLearning Outcomes Assessed
Assessment 1 Concert review
(800 words)
Week 720%1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Assessment 2 Performance journal
(1200 words)
Week 1230%4, 5
Assessment 3 Technical Exam
(20 minutes: equivalent 2000 words)
Week 1450%1, 2, 4

Assessment Details


Assessment 1 – Concert review

Due: Week 7

Length: 800 words

Weighting: 20%


Attend and review an approved concert with a soloist on any instrument or voice, contextualising your review in terms of the lecture topic discussions as presented in the first 6 weeks of lectures.

Good resources to help you can be found at:


Assessment 2 – Performance Journal

Due: Week 12

Length: 1200 words

Weighting: 30%


Students should complete regular reflections on performances and feedback given in class and externally, and class discussions related to their practice. It is expected that students should perform on a minimum of 6 occasions throughout the semester, which will be reflected by this journal.

Students are to present a performance for weekly performance classes, at a frequency of least 1 piece every 2 weeks, based on teacher’s allocation, for discussion and review by other enrolled students.


Assessment 3 – Technical Examination

Due: Week 14

Length: 20 minutes

Weighting: 50% (equivalent 2000 words)


Students are to perform a selection of technical exercises and study pieces, appropriate to 1st-year tertiary study, prescribed by their tutor that demonstrate developing foundational technical ability. Proposed repertoire for the examination must be submitted to the unit coordinator for approval by the end of Week 10.

Successful completion of this exam is required in order to be awarded a pass grade in Performance 101.

Distance students may perform their work via video stream or recorded with supervision by their tutor. Attending students will be allocated an examination time during the examination week

Prescribed and Recommended Readings

Library Resources

  • Unit lecture materials lecturer posted on Moodle
  • A subscription to Oxford Music Online and Grove Music Online
  • A subscription to JSTOR journals and book subscriptions

Recommended Reading List

Bonetti, R. (2011). Confident music performance: Fixing the fear of the audience. The Gap, Qld: Words and Music.

Cameron, J. (2016). The artist’s way. London: Penguin.

Cook, N. (2007). Music, performance, meaning: Selected essays by Nicholas Cook. Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

Schneiderman, B. (2008). Confident music performance: The art of preparing (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: IUniverse.

Thompson, W., Bella Dalla, S., & Keller, P. E. (2006). Music performance. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 2 (2-3), 99-102.

Werner, K., & 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: Penguin.


All written work is to be cited in APA author-date style. Good references can be found here:

Course Outcomes

#Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the graduate should have:
Unit Learning OutcomesAssessments
1A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline1, 2, 3, 4, 52, 3
2A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation1, 2, 3, 4, 52, 3
3An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research1, 2, 3, 4, 51, 2
4The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings1, 2, 3, 51, 2, 3
5Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills3, 4, 51, 2
6Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study3, 4, 51, 3
7The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts1, 2, 3, 4, 52, 3
8The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices1, 2, 33
9The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.

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, 2, 3
2The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways1, 2, 3, 4, 54, 5, 6, 71, 2, 3
3A commitment to lifelong learning1, 2, 3, 4, 51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 71, 3
4Effective communication skills for diverse contexts3, 4, 53, 5, 6, 71, 2
5The capacity to work independently and collaboratively1, 2, 3, 4, 53, 4, 5, 6, 71, 2, 3