ENS 2060A - Specialist Classical Ensemble 2 part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Rehearsals and performance of relevant repertoire as directed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENS 2060A
    Course Specialist Classical Ensemble 2 part 1
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week
    Prerequisites Audition
    Restrictions Available to BMus, BMusEd & BMusSt students by permission of the Head of Undergraduate Programs
    Course Description Rehearsals and performance of relevant repertoire as directed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch

    Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch OAM

    Heads of Studies:

    Howard Parkinson

    Lucinda Collins

    Amanda Grigg

    Associate Professor Keith Crellin OAM

    Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch OAM

    Main Music Office: Schulz Building, level 2.

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    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Develop musical performance skills in the context of classical ensemble rehearsals, concerts and orchestral training that display accuracy, fluency, advanced technical skills and a mature expressive sense along with a strong conceptual and interpretative understanding of the chosen and prescribed works
    2. Develop effective practising strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving including the use of contemporary technologies
    3. Develop critical understanding of own and others’ musical performances in relation to the standards required for a professional career
    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
    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. 1,2,3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Those students needing to loan Conservatorium instruments must organise this with the appropriate Head of Studies.

    Recommended Resources

    The Elder Music Library located in the Hartley building is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings.

    Online Learning

    Whilst use of MyUni for this course is limited, any information uploaded to MyUni will be located in the My Performance Classical (Semester One) course.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    For any ensemble to work at all, let alone successfully, every single member must be both committed and accountable. Unlike almost any other class within the Conservatorium, ensembles only succeed when all members are present, actively participating, and accountable to each other, to the conductor, and to the music.

    This expectation to actively and positively participate in 100% of required rehearsals and performances is totally in keeping with several of the Graduate Attributes for the three undergraduate music programs. The Graduate Attributes most relevant to ensembles are:

    • Sensitivity to others and the ability to function as part of a team.
    • Commitment to excellence and the striving towards the highest possible personal and professional standards.
    • A clear understanding of the professional world and the standards required for professional work.

    The rationale for the Conservatorium’s Participation and Attendance Policy in relation to ensembles is simple and universal. It is derived from both professional practice and from the very nature of ensemble music-making itself.

    Performance ensembles - symphony orchestras, wind orchestras, choirs, jazz ensembles et cetera - do not work successfully without the commitment and positive participation of every single member, irrespective of how skilled those individual members may be. Naturally, the vocal or instrumental skills of the individual members contribute greatly to the overall quality of the ensemble but it is the ‘working together’ which actually makes the ensemble function.

    Your commitment to the ensemble involves the following three key aspects of ensemble discipline:

    • your willingness to be musically and personally prepared for every rehearsal and performance
      Being prepared means (a) having the appropriate music and a pencil at rehearsal and (b) spending some time during the previous week doing any personal work on the music that either the conductor has specified, or that you feel is necessary for to keep up with the general pace of the ensemble.
    • positive participation made possible by regular, punctual attendance
      Being punctual actually means you should be in the rehearsal studio at least 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time and in place ready to play or sing approximately 5 minutes before the scheduled starting time. Principally, this allows you time to get mentally and physically ready for the rehearsal. The conductor should not have to gather the ensemble together into their places in order to begin rehearsal. Ideally, a rehearsal should be able to begin with a few words of welcome from the conductor, minimal instructions about which piece is being rehearsed first, and a downbeat.
      If the ensemble as a whole works well, everyone’s musical satisfaction is heightened; everyone benefits. Punctuality and good ensemble discipline not only enable the ensemble to function well and efficiently, they are signs of respect for colleagues, for the ensemble as a whole, for the conductor, and for the actual music-making at the core of your ensemble’s existence.
      At the Conservatorium, as in the professional world, punctuality means being in place, ready to rehearse well before the start time.
    • a willingness to be focused in rehearsal and performance, and to consistently give your best
      Being focused means:
      1. being musically and mentally engaged and ‘in the moment’ for the entire rehearsal or performance;
      2. being attentive and responsive to the conductor’s verbal and gestural instructions at all times;
      3. using a pencil (not a shared one either!) to record on the music all markings necessary for the effective retention of all relevant instructions by the conductor;
      4. changing music when required, in an efficient, no-fuss manner;
      5. being aware of, and responsive to, the ambience and momentum of the rehearsal as established by the conductor and by the music itself.

    In other words, you are expected to be totally professional in your relationship with your colleagues, the conductor and the music.


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

    The workload for this course consists of tutorials, sectionals, rehearsals and concerts.

    Learning Activities Summary
    As designated by the relevant ensemble director.
  • 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 for full year:

    Semester One: Individual Assessment 1 30%

    Semester One or Semester Two (depending on the dates of the ensemble concerts)
    Individual Assessment 2 30%

    Semester Two: Individual Assessment 3 30%

    Semester Two: Contribution to the Ensemble 10%

    Full Year Grade 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements

    The Conservatorium 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.

    The Conservatorium recognises that extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, tutorial or performance. Sick Leave, Compassionate Leave or Professional Development Leave may, upon application using an Absence Form be approved by the Ensemble Director.

    The following types of Leave are applicable:

    1. Sick Leave. In cases of sickness, an Absence Form must be submitted within seven days of return to rehearsals. Students must make every effort to notify the ensemble director of an impending absence for reasons of sickness. Sick Leave will only be approved if the relevant staff member is notified of the student’s impending absence before the rehearsal or performance in question.
      The Ensemble Director may waive the requirement to produce a medical certificate if they have clear evidence of illness and believe that the procurement of a medical certificate is deemed unnecessary or impossible in the circumstances. The form will need to be annotated to that effect as part of the approval process.
    2. Compassionate Leave. Leave may be granted at the discretion of Ensemble Director for cases of family bereavement or other such occasions where the student has been adversely affected by circumstances which were unforeseen and legitimately beyond their control. Please note that Compassionate Leave will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and must be applied for using an Absence form.
    3. Professional Development Leave. Leave may be granted at the discretion of the Ensemble Director in cases where the student has made sufficient case that the activity occasioning the absence is of considerable professional and educational benefit. Professional Development Leave must be applied for, and approved, well in advance, using an Absence Form.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessments will be of a performance of the agreed repertoire.

    Not applicable.
    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.

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

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