ENS 1017A - Percussion Ensemble 1 part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Rehearsals and performance of repertoire for percussion ensemble.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENS 1017A
    Course Percussion Ensemble 1 part 1
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Prerequisites Audition
    Incompatible 3665 (pre-2002)
    Restrictions Available to BMus students only
    Course Description Rehearsals and performance of repertoire for percussion ensemble.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Amanda Grigg

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The objectives of this course are to:
    1. Develop musical performance skills that display accuracy, fluency, advanced technical skills and a mature expressive sense along with a strong conceptual and interpretative understanding in a small ensemble setting
    2. Develop effective teamwork and communication skills and an ability to apply creative and innovative solutions cooperatively.
    3. Develop critical understanding of own and others’ musical performances whilst demonstrating a commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    1. Scores of repertoire prescribed by Ensemble Director (Elder Music Library houses an excellent collection of scores available for loan to students). Original music must be used for examinations.
    2. A selection of mallets suitable for use on the various percussion instruments.
    3. Metronome, tuner, pencil & eraser, drum key, ear plugs - as needed
    Recommended Resources
    Regular listening to a variety of performances is recommended. Students can listen to works through the library's Naxos subscription (see library catalogue, search using Naxos as the title and limit search to ‘electronic resources’. You will be prompted to enter your uni ID number and password to access the Naxos catalogue). There is a wealth of material available for listening (but not downloading). The link to the Naxos catalogue is In the Music Resources Guide:
    http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/music - you will find links to both Naxos and Naxos Jazz under “Quick Links” on the left side of the page.

    The Music Resources Guide contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here too you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library.

    Music Online: Access to online music from library’s other Music Database (Music Online – incorporating Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, American Song, Contemporary World Music and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries) is now integrated in Library Search – just type the work you require into the general Library Search box and narrow down appropriately.
    Online Learning

    This Course Outline will be placed on MyUni – see “Percussion Ensemble”, Course Information section.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Percussion Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to develop their musical and technical skills in a small ensemble setting. The Ensemble Director monitors the group’s progress, chooses repertoire and directs the weekly rehearsals. It is expected that students will have practised their individual parts as the rehearsal time will be devoted to developing advanced ensemble performance skills. Students are expected to develop problem solving and communication skills with opportunities provided to take a more active and self directed approach to rehearsing and working with others.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to the required contact hours, students are expected to prepare and practise all repertoire, technical exercises and other material assigned by their Ensemble Director. Mobile phones must be turned off before rehearsal begins.
    Learning Activities Summary
    • 24 hours tuition over the semester; students are expected to be punctual and prepared for each rehearsal.
    • Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at Percussion Ensemble rehearsals. See below for penalties.
    • Ensemble members may need to be available outside the formally designated teaching weeks in order to accommodate extra rehearsals and performances.
    • Students are expected to listen to recordings and research the background of the composer and pieces being studied.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    ASSESSMENT (Summative) Learning Objective/s Addressed
    Semester 1
    Assessment breakdown

    10 minute technical examination or equivalent in week 4 on individual ensemble parts.

    10% 1, 2, 3

    15 minute ensemble performance examination or equivalent in week 13 to comprise repertoire as designated by the Director

    20% 1, 2, 3

    Director Assessment: based on weekly progress demonstrated in rehearsals throughout the semester with a focus on;

    • Preparation
    • Cooperation
    • Group awareness
    10% 1, 2, 3

      Learning Objective/s Addressed
    Semester 2
    Assessment breakdown

    20 minute practical examination or equivalent in week 13 to comprise individual and group performance of repertoire as designated by the Director.

    40% 1, 2, 3

    Written Assessment -Programme notes to accompany one of the pieces performed during the year. Selection to be negotiated in consultation with Director

    10% 3

    Director Assessment: based on weekly progress demonstrated in rehearsals throughout the semester with a focus on;

    • Performance and preparation
    • Cooperation
    • Group awareness
    10% 1, 2, 3

    Assessment Related Requirements

    In this course, penalties apply for any absences which are not formally approved, as outlined in the Conservatorium’s Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines (see following). Leave Application forms are available from the Music Office and can be downloaded from the Music website – see http://music.adelaide.edu.au/study/current/leave.pdf.

    Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines


    All students enrolled in courses taught by the Elder Conservatorium of Music are expected to actively and positively participate in 100% of required rehearsals, workshops, classes, lectures, tutorials and performances. In courses where Participation & Attendance penalties apply (as defined in the Course Outline), any student who misses more than 40% of required classes will be ineligible for assessment in that course, irrespective of the amount of leave that has been formally approved.


    The Conservatorium recognises that extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. In such cases Leave may, upon application using this Leave form, be approved by the relevant staff member (this could be the Head of Studies, teacher, conductor, lecturer or course coordinator as appropriate).

    The following types of Leave are applicable:

    Sick Leave
    • In cases of sickness, the Leave form must be submitted within 7 days of your return to classes.
    • Students must make every effort to notify the relevant staff member of an impending absence for reasons of sickness. Where a rehearsal or performance is involved, Leave will only be approved if the relevant staff member is notified before the event.
    • Normally, an original medical certificate must be supplied with the Leave form to verify the circumstances. The relevant staff member or Head of Studies in cases of absences involving multiple activities or days may waive the requirement to produce a medical certificate if they have clear evidence of illness and believe that a medical certificate is unnecessary or impossible to obtain.. The Leave form will need to be initialled as part of the notification or approval process in this case.
    Compassionate Leave

    • Compassionate Leave may be granted at the discretion of the relevant staff member where extenuating circumstances have prevented a student participating in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. Usually this means circumstances which were unforeseen and legitimately beyond anyone’s control, however this will not always be the case.
    • Where the circumstance is known in advance, approval for the Leave must also be obtained prior to the event.
    • In cases such as bereavement or where care of a close family member is required, notification as soon as possible is expected and the form must be submitted within 7 days of your return to classes.
    • Verification of the circumstances will usually be required.

    Professional Development Leave

    • Professional Development (PD) Leave may be granted in cases where the student has made a case to the relevant Head of Studies for an activity which they believe will be of considerable professional and educational benefit. This activity should:
      • be directly related to Coursework within your Conservatorium program or
      • involve Coursework or study at a major tertiary national or international music institution or
      • involve Performance, Workshops or other relationships and activities with a high profile, national or international artist(s)
    • When determining PD leave, the duration of the project also affects approval, particularly for absences greater than one week.
    • PD leave will not be granted if the proposed activity conflicts with any commitments a student has to a Conservatorium performance where their attendance at rehearsals and the performance itself are a required part of their studies.
    • PD Leave is only granted in advance of the activity (normally at least 7 days prior). It will NOT be granted retrospectively.
    • Final arrangements for any professional development commitments must wait until formal approval has been granted by the Head of Studies and then all signatures of relevant staff members are obtained. Approval is not necessarily guaranteed.
    • Verification will be required as part of the approval process and must be supplied with this form.


    Leave applications must be completed, documentation attached (if required), signatures obtained, then submitted following the steps below.


    Notify the relevant staff member(s) and where appropriate, Head of Studies, of your absence as soon as possible..


    Check with the relevant staff member or Head of Studies to see whether verification or proof will be required. (Please note that this is usually essential however it will not always be necessary.)


    Complete the form then sign and date it.


    Obtain the necessary signatures for formal notification and if necessary, approval from the relevant staff member(s) or Head of Studies concerned. Please note individual instructions listed in various leave types above, particularly for Professional Development Leave where prior approval is needed.

    Step 5: COPYING FORM

    Copy the form for your records.


    Attach any certification you have been asked to provide then submit the form to the relevant staff member or Head of Studies.


    Penalties apply for any unapproved absences as follows:


    • Absence - 3 (three) marks for each unapproved absence
    Any unapproved absences from a percussion ensemble rehearsal will result in a 3 (three) mark penalty for each unapproved absence. Any penalties will be applied to the final total performance mark for the year - ie. after all other assessments have been completed and calculated.

    Arrival after the scheduled starting time or departure before the scheduled finishing time may, at the discretion of the relevant Ensemble Director, be regarded as an unapproved absence.

    Failure to notify the relevant Ensemble Director at least 24 hours in advance of an impending absence or late arrival will also be regarded as an unapproved absence. This penalty may be waived if the Ensemble Director is convinced that extenuating circumstances were the cause of the absence or lateness. In such cases it is the student’s responsibility to show that extenuating circumstances are applicable.


    • Absence - 5 (five) marks for each unapproved absence

    Any unapproved absences from a Percussion Ensemble performance will result in a 5 (five) mark penalty for each unapproved absence. Any penalties will be applied to the final total performance mark for the year – ie. after all other assessments have been completed and calculated. Unapproved arrival after the scheduled starting time or departure before the scheduled finishing time may, at the Ensemble Directors discretion, be regarded as an unapproved absence.

    Assessment Detail

    Semester 1:

    10 minute technical examination 10% - to comprise individual performance of ensemble repertoire. It is expected that ensemble members demonstrate accuracy, fluency in their execution of their individual parts.

    15 minute practical examination 20% - to comprise repertoire as designated by the Director for performance in week 12. It is expected that ensemble members demonstrate their individual musical skill and their ability to listen, react and work cooperatively in a performance situation.

    Director assessment 10% - based on progress demonstrated in rehearsals throughout the semester with a focus on preparation, cooperation and group awareness.



    Students must be available during the identified University examination periods. Students are not entitled to sit an examination at another time, nor are they entitled to any other concessions if an examination conflicts with a planned vacation or special event.

    Students can collect copies of Examiners’ reports and teachers’ reports from the Music Office once the Examination Board Meeting has occurred at the end of each semester.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    The following assessment criteria describe more specifically the grades for performance that are awarded by the Conservatorium.

    High Distinction (85% - 100%)

    This category is reserved for those performances which show exceptional achievement in all aspects. They demonstrate flair, individuality and maturity of the highest order.

    Distinction (75% - 84%)

    Performances at this level will show an outstanding technical and musical achievement, combined with flair, imagination and an individual musical personality. All sections of the program will be of a consistently high standard. In particular, the following characteristics will be evident:

    • A consistently high level of accuracy and technical facility.
    • A highly developed structural understanding, evidenced by excellence in phrasing and an effective organisation of dynamics.
    • A well-developed sense of line and musical momentum.
    • A thoroughly reliable rhythmic sense, including consistent pulse and accurate subdivisions.
    • Excellent quality and range of tone.
    • A high level of concentration and musical involvement.
    • Well developed sense of style, combining historical knowledge with convincing communication of character and emotion.

    Credit (65% - 74%)

    Performances at this level will show an above average technical and musical achievement. Compared with the distinction category, there might not be the same flair or imagination but other elements will be present to a substantial degree. In particular, the following characteristics will be evident:

    • A high level of accuracy and a well developed technical facility.
    • A good understanding of musical structure, evidenced by suitable phrasing and appropriate treatment of dynamics.
    • A good sense of line and musical momentum.
    • A reliable rhythmic sense, including consistent pulse and accurate subdivisions.
    • Good quality and range of tone.
    • Good concentration and musical involvement.
    • Good sense of style, combining historical knowledge with an ability to communicate character and emotion.

    Pass (50% - 64%)

    This category represents an average level of achievement. The program is well known technically, but might appear untidy at times and might not be consistent from one work to another. It shows evidence of sincere effort and solid musical understanding but does not have the polish or control found in the higher categories. The playing could well demonstrate the following characteristics:

    • Generally secure technique but perhaps lacking in polish and consistency.
    • An adequate understanding of phrasing.
    • Limited variety in dynamics and colour.
    • Limitations in tonal quality.
    • Some sense of style but lacking a confident projection of mood and character

    Fail (1% - 49%)

    This grade is awarded when the performance shows a serious lack of basic technical and musical achievement. The playing will be marred by technical insecurity and there will be little evidence of coherent musical projection.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    As a result of feedback from recent SELT surveys, some ideas and suggestions from students have been incorporated into the repertoire chosen for percussion ensemble and into the activities and performances scheduled for semester I and II.

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