MUSCLASS 1001 - Classical Performance 1A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Students undertake intensive 1:1 tuition in their chosen instrument (9 hours per semester). Students must enrol in the relevant tuition class for their specialisation. Through the study of appropriate repertoire and technical exercises, students will develop their individual technical and musical potential, together with a sound understanding of interpretive principles and performance skills. Students are also expected to undertake a minimum of 12 hours per week of structured individual practice as designated by their instrumental teacher including repertoire study and a wide variety of technical exercises relevant to the student's chosen instrument.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSCLASS 1001
    Course Classical Performance 1A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 9 hours per semester
    Corequisites MUSCLASS 1100A/B
    Incompatible PERF 1500A/B
    Restrictions Available to BMus students only
    Assessment Week 6 assessment 10%, Teacher assessment 20%, 15 min exam 70% (exam must be passed to pass the course)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch

    Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch OAM
    LG15 Elder Hall

    Heads of Studies:

    Howard Parkinson
    8313 5129
    Schulz 805

    Lucinda Collins
    8313 5966
    LG08 Elder Hall

    Amanda Grigg
    8313 3666
    Madley G08

    Associate Professor Keith Crellin OAM
    8313 3673
    LG21 Elder Hall

    Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch OAM
    LG15 Elder Hall

    Main Music Office: Schulz Building, level 2.
    8313 5995

    Contact email:

    To contact staff by email:
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Through the study of appropriate repertoire and technical exercises, students will develop their individual technical and musical potential, together with a sound understanding of interpretive principles and performance skills. Students are also expected to undertake a minimum of 21 hours per week of structured individual practice as designated by their instrumental teacher including repertoire study and a wide variety of technical exercises relevant to the student’s chosen instrument. Students are expected to further their development of their specialisation in Classical Performance 1B. The study of Classical Performance 1A contributes to the broader music curriculum for the degree programs through building a strong technical foundation, improving knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of repertoire and through a commitment to learning the required skills for the music profession.

    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 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 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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    As appropriate for practical specialisation:
    1. Scores of repertoire prescribed by instrumental teacher (Elder Music Library houses an excellent collection of scores available for loan to students). Original music must be used for examinations.
    2. Technical workbooks as required by instrumental teacher for your specific instrument specialisation.
    3. Engagement of the services of a professional accompanist for lessons (where required), performance examinations and other performances.
    4. A good quality recording device to record practice and performances on a regular basis.
    5. Metronome, tuner, pencil & eraser, 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: - 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 “My Performance Classical”, Course Information section.

    In the Course Materials section, there are folders set up for Performance Forum and for Technique and Repertoire classes, with the latter being divided for the various practical areas namely: Brass, Keyboard, Percussion, Strings, Voice and Woodwind.

    In the Groups section, these practical areas are designated as Groups and can be accessed by students.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Individual tuition lies at the core of developing advanced performing skills. The instrumental/vocal teacher monitors each student’s progress, diagnoses technical problems and suggests strategies for independent practice. The Technique & Repertoire class is managed by the relevant Head of Study and focuses on relevant technical and musical issues pertaining to the family of instruments. The Performance Forum provides one performance opportunity per semester. Students are also expected to make critical comments about performances of peers at the Forum and to maintain a written journal.


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

    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 instrumental teacher for approximately 21 hours per week. These structured learning skills prepare the student for ensuring that the material set for 1:1 lessons is well prepared.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Individual Tuition

    • 9 hours per semester, students are expected to be punctual and prepared for each lesson. The expectation is for students to develop private structured learning.
    • Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at one to one lessons. See below for penalties.
    • Lessons should not be scheduled at times that conflict with any other required classes.
    • At each lesson, both the staff member and the student must sign the roll sheet, indicating the date and length of the lesson.
    • Should a student be absent without notice, the roll sheet must be signed by the staff member with an appropriate comment. The Head of Studies should be notified (preferably by email) within 48 hours. The teacher will be under no obligation to make up this lesson.
    • Where either the teacher or the student is unable to attend at a previously arranged time, at least 24 hours notice must be given and an alternative time negotiated.
    • Bachelor of Music students may need to be available outside the formally designated teaching weeks in order to accommodate the full quota of lessons.
    • Students are expected to research the background of the composer and pieces being studied.

    Independent Practice

    • Students prepare and practise all repertoire, technical exercises and other material assigned by their instrumental teacher for at least three hours per day.
    • Journal – Some areas expect students to complete journal entries on a weekly basis, and submit journals to the relevant Head of Study at the end of each semester.

    Performance Forum, Technique and Repertoire

    This is a co-requisite course. In conjunction with Classical Performance 1A/1B, students must enrol in the Performance, Technique and Repertoire course.

    Specific Course Requirements

    Students may need to regularly book practice facilities in order to meet the requirements of this course.

    Depending on practical specialisation, some students will need to engage the services of a professional accompanist for lessons, performances and examinations. Consult with your individual teacher or see the accompanist list available from the Music Office.

  • 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
    Assessment breakdown

    15 minute technical examination or equivalent

    70% 1, 2

    Teacher assessment

    20% 1, 2, 3

    Week 6 Assessment in 1:1 lesson

    10% 1, 2, 3

    The Performance/Technical examination must be passed in order to pass Classical Performance 1A.
    Classical Performance 1A must be passed in order to progress to Classical Performance 1B.
    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

    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 - 5 (five) marks for each unapproved absence
    Any unapproved absences from an individual instrumental/vocal lessons 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.

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

    Failure to notify the relevant instrumental teacher 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 teacher or Head of Studies 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.
    Assessment Detail

    Students should refer to their specialist Guidelines for detailed technical and repertoire information.

    Classical Performance 1A

    15 minute practical examination 70% - to comprise of repertoire as designated by the relevant specialist teacher.

    Teacher assessment 20% - based on progress demonstrated in individual instrumental lessons

    Week 6 assessment – 10%. Assessed in 1:1 lesson with specialist teacher. This assessment will provide early written feedback on the student’s preparation and commitment at this point in the semester.


    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:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    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 (0% - 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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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 ( 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, ideas and suggestions from students have been incorporated into the Performance Forum and the various Technique and Repertoire classes.

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