MUSCLASS 3052 - Classical Vocal Performance 3B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Students will undertake intensive 1:1 individual tuition in classical voice (9 hours per semester). Through the study of appropriate repertoire and technical exercises, students will further develop their individual vocal potential, together with an understanding of interpretive principles and performance skills. They are expected to perform their chosen repertoire from memory with accuracy and fluency, displaying rhythmic control together with a well-developed expressive sense. They need to demonstrate a strong conceptual understanding of the works performed, together with an ability to communicate with their audience. Students will also undertake studies in French language and repertoire and will further develop their skill with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as it applies to the French language. A weekly 1 hour tutorial addresses the rules of diction as appropriate to classical singing and French grammar for translation of song texts into English. There are also 18 hours per semester of Performance Workshops.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSCLASS 3052
    Course Classical Vocal Performance 3B
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MUSCLASS 3052A
    Corequisites MUSCLASS 3100A/B
    Incompatible PERF 3500A/B
    Assumed Knowledge Assumed private structured learning and practice
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Music students only
    Assessment 25 minute practical examination 60% (exam must be passed in order to pass the course), Week 6 assessment in 1:1 lesson 10%, Teacher assessment 10%, French language assessments 20%
    Course Staff
    Guila Tiver, Tel: 8313 3600, LG09 Elder Hall
    Patrick Power ONZM, Tel: 8313 5860, LG02 Elder Hall
    Rosalind Martin, Tel: 8313 5106, G22 Elder Hall

    Contact emails: 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

    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. A basic knowledge of French grammar will be gained in order to translate French into English with the use of a dictionary.

    5. Students will acquire a knowledge of French diction for singing and be able to mark-up French words using a dictionary and IPA resources, so that they can be pronounced correctly

    6. Students will demonstrate this knowledge in application in a workshop in which they will give and receive constructive criticism.
    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. 1,3,5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,4,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,4,5,6
    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
    1. Scores of repertoire prescribed by voice 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 voice teacher.

    3. Engagement of the services of a professional accompanist for lessons as needed, performance examinations and other performances. 4. A good quality recording device to record lessons, practice and performances on a regular basis.

    5. Copies of music for the accompanist and lecturer, metronome, pencil and eraser – as needed.

    6. Collins: Collins French Dictionary and Grammar, 6th Edition (paperback) ISBN:978-0-00-732315-9

    7. Adams, David: A Handbook of Diction for Singers, (Oxford University Press, USA; 2nd Edition, ISBN-10:0195325591, ISBN-13: 978-0195325591)

    8. Power, Patrick: French Handout, University of Adelaide, 2013

    9. Suverkrop, B: IPA Source, Internet resource Elder Music Library
    Recommended Resources

    Duolingo –French, Interactive web pages.Free Resource. Bernac, Pierre: “The Interpretation of French Song”, publ. Kahn and Averill

    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:

    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 the 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 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
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  • Assessment

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    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.

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    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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