MUSCLASS 2100B - Performance Forum, Technique & Repertoire 2 Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Through the weekly Classical Performance forum, students will be given the opportunity to develop a range of preparation and performance practice skills in a more formal concert setting. Through weekly Technique and Repertoire classes, students will develop a range of skills and approaches which will aid their technical and musical development and be given the opportunity to present, perform and discuss currently developing repertoire with fellow students as `work in progress.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSCLASS 2100B
    Course Performance Forum, Technique & Repertoire 2 Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MUSCLASS 2100A
    Corequisites MUSCLASS 2020
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Music students only
    Quota 100
    Assessment Technique assessment in week 11 35%, Forum journal 20%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Keith Crellin

    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 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.
    4. To develop skills in performance etiquette, audience communication and interaction.
    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, 4
    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, 2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 4
  • 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, 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
    6. Loose-leaf binder or display folder for Performance Forum journal
    Recommended Resources

    Regular listening to performances of works being studied. 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 as follows: 

    Online Learning

    This Course Profile 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

    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. This forum will expose students to performance practice in both formal and informal settings.

    Students will be rostered for one performance per Semester and are expected to meet the deadlines set by the co-ordinator.

    Works composed with an accompaniment must be played with accompaniment.

    Students are also expected to make critical comments about performances of peers at the Forum.

    Students will maintain a written journal - see Assessment

    Forum will occasionally combine with Jazz Forum in Elder Hall or Scott Theatre for visiting lecturers and other special performances. Dates to be advised.


    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 at least three hours per day.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Performance Forum - Students will be rostered for one performance per Semester. Students are also expected to make critical comments about performances of peers at the Forum.

    Technique and Repertoire - as designated by relevant Head of Studies.
    Specific Course Requirements

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

    Music materials needed for performance and discussion.

    Scores of all music presented in class.

  • 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 Outcomes Addressed
    Semester 1
    Assessment breakdown Technique assessment 25% 1, 2
    Forum Journal 20% 1, 2, 3
    Semester 2
    Assessment breakdown Technique assessment 35% 1, 2
    Forum Journal 20% 1, 2, 3
    1. Technique Assessment will consist of an individual assessment of tasks as laid out by the Head of Studies in consultation with teachers. Technical requirements will be distributed in class. See Head of Studies for assessment details.
    2. Forum Assessment Journal will comprise self criticism plus reviews of all student performances, to be assessed by Forum Co-ordinators at the end of each Semester. (See 5.4 Assessment Detail below).
    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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

    Step 1: NOTIFYING STAFF Notify the relevant staff member(s) and where appropriate, Head of Studies, of your absence as soon as possible..
    Step 2: VERIFYING ABSENCE 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.)
    Step 3: COMPLETING FORM Complete the form then sign and date it.
    Step 4: OBTAINING APPROVAL 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.
    Step 6: ATTACHING & SUBMITTING FORM 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 Technique & Repertoire class or relevant Performance Forum 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 – i.e. 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 Head of Studies or Forum Co-ordinator’s discretion, be regarded as an unapproved absence.
    Assessment Detail

    Students should refer to their specialist Guidelines for detailed technical, etudes and exercises.

    End of semester 1:

    1. Technical examination - 25% - to comprise technique, exercises, etudes and vocalises as designated by the relevant Head of Study in conjunction with the specialist teacher. The technical assessment will be held in a class within the last 4 weeks of the semester for piano. In all other areas, it will be an additional component of the performance exam.
    2. Forum Journal - 20%
      1. Each week you will be required to write comments on a program sheet for each performer. It is expected that the comments will be constructive, and clearly expressed.
      2. An analysis and self-evaluation of your own performance will be required. Length should be between 200-400 words. Date for submission: 

    End of semester 2:

    1. Technical examination 35% - to comprise technique, exercises, etudes and vocalises as designated by the relevant Head of Study in conjunction with the specialist teacher. The technical assessment will be held as in first semester.
    2. Forum Journal as for Semester 1. Date for submission: 

    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.

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

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