Music Performance Year Three

Unit of Study - Music Performance 302


The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit NameMusic Performance 302 (Capstone)
Unit CodeMUSPER 302
Unit DescriptionThis unit presents students with the opportunity to attain a more highly refined and professional level of musical performance, allowing students to develop their instrumental and vocal ability and musicality to a high, professional 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 Duration1 Semester (12 weeks)
Year LevelYear 3, Semester 2
Unit CoordinatorDr. Mark Gasser
Teaching StaffLecturer: Dr. Mark Gasser
Tutors: Dr. Mark Gasser and relevant instrumental or vocal tutors
Credit Points20 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)

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 to 3 years of tertiary study as a soloist, demonstrating developing control of instrumental or vocal 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

Teaching Outline 
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.
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: Performance Journal
(800 words)
Week 12 30%1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Assessment 2: Concert review
(600 words)
Week 720%4, 5
Assessment 3: Recital
(40 minutes: equivalent 1500 words)
Week 1450%1, 2, 4


Assessment Details

Assessment 1 – Performance Journal

Due: Week 12

Length: 900 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 2 – Concert review

Due: Week 7

Length: 600 words

Weighting: 20%


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: 60 minutes

Weighting: 50% (equivalent 1600 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 202.

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

Library Resources

  • Tutorials and lecture notes from your 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.

Clayton, M., Dueck, B. & Leante, L. (ed.) (2014). Experience and meaning in music performance. New York, N.Y,: Oxford University Press.

Collins, D. (2005). Aesthetics and experience in music performance. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Fabian, D., Timmers, R. & Schubert, E. (ed.) (2014). Expressiveness in music performance: Empirical approaches across styles and cultures. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

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

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 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