Music Performance Year Three
Unit details for Semester Two.
Unit of Study - Music Performance 302
The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.
|Unit Name||Music Performance 302 (Capstone)|
|Unit Code||MUSPER 302|
|Unit Description||In this unit, students will:
• Prepare music and present in solo performance at an advanced professional, 3rd year degree standard (equivalent to AGME-Licentiate level).
• Choose suitable repertoire, practice and rehearse effectively to expand and achieve a level of mastery of technical and instrumental performance ability.
• Self-critique performances and demonstrate refined, sophisticated practice and performance methodology.
|Award(s)||Bachelor of Music|
|Unit Duration||1 Semester (12 weeks)|
|Year Level||Year 3, Semester 2|
|Unit Coordinator||Dr Matthew Field|
|Teaching Staff||Lecturer: Caleb Garfinkel
Tutors: By arrangement
|Pre/Co-requisites||Satisfactory completion of Music Performance 301|
|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 – 13 hours
Total hours per week – 16 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)
This Music Performance 302 unit will refine students’ instrumental and performance skills at an advanced professional, Licentiate-equivalent standard, and prepare them for presenting professional, diverse and confident performances with strong leadership, organisational and collaboration skills. Students will be equipped to perform professionally in contemporary music industry contexts. Students will employ systematic and corrective rehearsal strategies, utilising memory skills to self-direct their learning and development. A high awareness of musicality in diverse styles and performance environments will be reflected through analysis, evaluation and exploration of musical works and performances. Students will further utilise advancing skills in reflection and analysis to assist other students in refining their practice and performance goals, and display highly refined critical evaluation skills.
Students will complete weekly tutorials in their principal instrument, present weekly performances and assist in providing constructive criticism for other members in performance workshops, and present an end of semester programme of individual works. Students are required to incorporate skills learned in other units in their ongoing performance, including Composition and Music Technology.
On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:
- Interpret and perform a final program of pieces at a Licentiate-equivalent standard, demonstrating and applying technical mastery, artistic maturity, originality and musically aesthetic qualities of in the presentation of a considered and professional programme.
- Develop and demonstrate technical mastery of instrumental ability, displaying comprehensive control over technical demands of pieces and performance considerations at the level presented, identifying improvisational sections and composer’s intentions.
- Demonstrate evidence of advanced and extensive rehearsal methods, utilising appropriate preparation and problem-solving practices to prepare works for performance.
- Expand repertoire and stylistic influences through study and investigation of advanced and contemporary works from a variety of styles and genres.
- Evaluate and analyse their own performances and those of other students, using specific and highly effective analytical skills to constructively benefit their peers’ performances through written and verbal analysis.
|Students will perform a minimum of 6 solo works, 60 mins minimum at a Bachelor Year Three standard (equivalent to AGME Licentiate standard), selected in discussion with their tutor based on the nominated list. Students will perform pieces at least each 2 weeks to class.|
|Lesson Material Covered|
|Science of learning; teaching methods in practice; mentoring and learning from peers. Recital examinations; practicing for lifelong performance. Refining and maintaining aims. Improvisation progression.|
|Assessment Type||When assessed||Weighting|
(% 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.
|Ongoing||10%||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Assessment 1.2: Self-Assessment Report |
Word Length: 2000 words
Reflection on technical challenges of pieces chosen for end of year performance exam, discussion of practice methods, and benefits of developed techniques on future development as musician, including comparison of outcome of first semester exam.
|Week 7||30%||3, 4, 5|
|Assessment 1.3: Performance Exam |
Length: 60 minutes
60 minute performance of 6 pieces minimum on student’s primary instrument at Licentiate level. Pieces must be contrasting and show a refined and advanced level of technical ability, confidence and instrumental ability. One piece must be an original composition by student, or highly rearranged. Successful completion is mandatory.
|Week 14||60%||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
Prescribed and recommended readings:
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 Lynda.com 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.
Radbourne, J., Glow, H., & Johanson, K (Eds). The Audience Experience: A critical analysis of audiences in the Performing Arts. Retrieved from:
Hess, T. 2014. How to Become a Professional Guitarist and Musician: Facts and myths Part 1. Tom Hess Music Corporation. Retrieved from:
Mancini, D. Musician or Professional Musician? Retrieved from:
Hess, T. 2010. Top 10 Mistakes People Make When Trying To Become a Professional Musician. Tom Hess Music Corporation. Retrieved from:
Farley, K. Teaching Performance in the Digital Age: Computerized technologies, improvisational play techniques and interactive learning processes. Retrieved from:
Morrish, A. 2003. Improvisation and performance: A personal perspective by Andrew Morrish (4th ed.). Vol 6. Retrieved from:
|#||Course Learning Outcomes|
On completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Assessments|
|1||A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|2||A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|3||An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|4||The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|5||Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills||3, 4, 5||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|6||Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|7||The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|8||The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices||1, 3, 4, 5||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|9||The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.||NA||NA|
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||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|2||The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||4, 5, 6, 7||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|3||A commitment to lifelong learning||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|4||Effective communication skills for diverse contexts||1, 4, 5||3, 5, 6, 7||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|
|5||The capacity to work independently and collaboratively||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||3, 4, 5, 6, 7||1.1, 1.2, 1.3|