Performance Year Three
Unit details for Semester One.
Unit of Study - Music Performance 301
The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.
|Unit Name||Music Performance: Solo Performance 6|
|Unit Description||This unit presents students with the opportunity to attain a highly refined and professional level of musical performance, allowing students to develop their instrumental and vocal ability and musicality to a higher level of technical facility and creativity. Students will participate in class feedback sessions with increased accrued knowledge in their own practice methodology and musical understanding, as well as other study areas, particularly Collaborative Music Studies and Composition. Performance students undertaking 3rd year studies will be encouraged to explore musical works and styles beyond the standard canon of repertoire for their instrument or voice, demonstrating self-directed exploration and an expanding musical vocabulary, as well as incorporating interpretation and attention to arrangement, orchestration and, if relevant, composition and improvisation.|
|Award(s)||Bachelor of Music|
|Unit Duration||1 Semester (12 weeks)|
|Year Level||Year 3, Semester 1|
|Unit Coordinator||Dr. Mark Gasser|
|Teaching Staff||Lecturer: Dr. Mark Gasser
Tutors: Dr. Mark Gasser and relevant instrumental or vocal tutors
|Credit Points||20 credit points|
|Mode of Delivery||x 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)
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 or vocal 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)
On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:
- Select and perform a diverse and varied program appropriate to five semesters of tertiary study as a soloist, demonstrating developing control of instrumental or vocal ability and musicality, and showing an increasing openness to a variety of musical styles and developing influences.
- Develop technical control and musical fluency, showing sensitivity to expressive elements and performance characteristics, and demonstrating intonation, phrasing, dynamics, ornamentation, timing and tonal balance.
- 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.
- Communicate musical concepts and appropriate stagecraft technique through effective audience engagement.
- Develop self-analysis and critical skills through constructive written and verbal analysis of their own and other students’ musical performances.
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 lie with regular discussions.
Students should perform pieces in progress from their respective examinations at least every 2 weeks to the class, or similar material to seek feedback. If suitable members/groups are not accessible for accompaniment, students may perform with self-produced backing tracks or accompaniment technology.
|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
|Assessment Type||When assessed||Weighting||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Assessment 1 Performance Journal|
|Week 12||30%||1, 2, 3, 4, 6|
|Assessment 2 Concert Review |
|Week 7||20%||4, 5|
|Assessment 3 Recital|
(40 minutes: equivalent 1500 words)
|Week 14||50%||1, 2, 4|
Assessment 1 – Performance Journal
Due: Week 12
Length: 800 words
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 2 – Concert review
Due: Week 7
Length: 600 words
Attend and review a 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 3 – Recital
Due: Week 14
Length: 30 minutes
Weighting: 50% (equivalent 1500 words)
Students are to perform a selection of works (equivalent to final-year undergraduate standard) prescribed by tutors that demonstrate developing musical and technical ability. Material should be submitted to unit coordinator by end of Week 10.
Successful completion of this exam is mandatory to pass Performance 301.
Distance students may perform their work via video stream or recorded with supervision by tutor. Attending students will be allocated a time during the examination week.
Prescribed and Recommended Readings
- Tutorials and lecture notes from your lecturer posted on Moodle
- A subscription to Oxford Music Online and Grove Music
- 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.
Cook, N. (2007) Music, performance, meaning: Selected essays by Nicholas Cook. Aldershot, England: Ashgate.
Falola, T. &, Fleming, T. (ed.) (2012). Music, performance, and African identities. London: Routledge.
Pfordresher, P. (2019). Sound and action in music performance. London, U.K.: Academic Press.
Thompson, W., Dalla, S. B. & Keller, P. E. (2006). Music performance advances in cognitive psychology, Vol. 2 Issue 2-3, pp.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, NY: Penguin.
All written work is to be cited in APA author-date style.
A good reference can be found here:
|#||Course Learning Outcomes|
On completion of the course the graduate should have:
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Assessments|
|1||A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||2, 3|
|2||A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||2, 3|
|3||An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1, 2|
|4||The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings||1, 2, 3, 5||1, 2, 3|
|5||Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills||3, 4, 5||1, 2|
|6||Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study||3, 4, 5||1, 3|
|7||The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||2, 3|
|8||The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices||1, 2, 3||3|
|9||The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession|
Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Course Learning Outcomes||Assessments|
|1||Deep disciplinary knowledge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1, 2, 3, 4, 7||1, 2, 3|
|2||The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||4, 5, 6, 7||1, 2, 3|
|3||A commitment to lifelong learning||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7||1, 3|
|4||Effective communication skills for diverse contexts||3, 4, 5||3, 5, 6, 7||1, 2|
|5||The capacity to work independently and collaboratively||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||3, 4, 5, 6, 7||1, 2, 3|