MUSCLASS 4200A - Hons Perf Major Recital (Classical) Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

Students undertake 13 hours of individual lessons supervised by their principal instrumental teacher. They also attend weekly Honours Performance Forum at which they are expected to perform regularly as required. Performance in regular ensemble activity is also required, as directed. Work in all these areas forms a preparatory path towards a Major (65 minute) Recital comprising a program of music demonstrating honours level achievement in stylistic, artistic and technical areas of performance. Full-time and part-time students must undertake the Major Recital as an unbroken sequence.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSCLASS 4200A
    Course Hons Perf Major Recital (Classical) Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 3.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Successful completion of B.Mus or a demonstrated equivalent or another relevant undergraduate degree
    Assumed Knowledge Commensurate with a strong result in the completion of Level III, of the degree of BMus or demonstrated equivalent (as appropriate).
    Restrictions Approved Honours music students only
    Assessment 65 minute Major Recital (100%). This relates to all of the learning objectives. Program notes are a non-graded requirement.
    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
    On successful sompletion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the elements comprising the musical specialisation concerned

    2. Exhibit a high level of musical self-awareness and critical judgement

    3. Show well-developed understanding of the professional musical world, its musical standards and the context in which the specialisation concerned operates

    4. Display reliability and flexibility in responding to a wide variety of musical challenges

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning

    Resources and announcements may be posted on MyUni under MUSCLASS 4200

     The Elder Music Library Music Resources Guide at 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.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Weekly individual lessons provide in-depth exploration and discussion concerning performance of major repertoire for the instrument or voice. Weekly Forums give the opportunity for performance to an audience of peers and staff who provide feedback, plus the opportunity to critique peers’ performances. Regular ensemble rehearsals and performances enhance students’ aural acuity and stylistic awareness in a shared performance mode.

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

    WORKLOAD (Performance specialisations) TOTAL HOURS

    1 hour per week for 13 weeks individual supervisions 13 hours per semester

    28 hours per week for 13 weeks practice 364 hours per semester

    9 hours per week for 13 weeks research 117 hours per semester

    10 hours per week for 13 weeks rehearsals and forums 130 hours per semester

    Total = 624 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary

    A developmental curve in performance skills is expected through the agency of individual practice under direction received from the student’s individual teacher in one-to-one teaching mode. An honours level of performance is the expected outcome. Ensemble performance and rehearsal under supervision is designed to achieve a similar result in this aspect of performance. Forums are designed to encourage effective public performance and provide regular feedback from peers and staff following students’ performances. Students’ critical faculties are also developed as they audit other performances in Forums.
  • 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
    65 minute major recital at the conclusion of Part 2, with a 100% weighting (summative hurdle requirement), to address all learning objectives.
    All elements are assessed in the final recital as this mirrors the professional reality of public performance in music.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    100% attendance is required for all supervisions, forums and ensembles.

    Major Recital: This requires the presentation of a 65 minute recital. Content and format are not prescribed as the repertoire may include solo works, chamber music, orchestral material, concerti, accompaniment etc. Recital programs are subject to approval by the program head. Students of brass instruments will be expected to present a 55 minute recital with an interval of up to 10 minutes. Students taking Honours full-time, over one year, will normally present their Major Recital in November. Students taking Honours part-time over two years will normally present their Major Recital in November of the second year.

     Recital Program Notes

    Part of each recital presentation is the submission of program notes. Notes should be prepared for each work performed and should demonstrate careful research and independent thought. Plagiarism must be avoided and quoted sources should be acknowledged.

    Program notes are  prepared as part of the assessment requirement, but produced as a non-graded requirement as follows:

    65 minute recital: 3 pages comprising approximately 1,000 words

    The notes should cover the background to the work together with relevant comment concerning structure, expression and style. Consideration of such issues should be a routine part of studying any new work. It is recommended that you commence taking notes early and allow plenty of time for reflection and synthesis. The notes should be elegantly written (obviously, they should be grammatically correct, without mistakes of spelling or typing). Pay particular attention to the program notes provided at professional events (such as Musica Viva or Adelaide Symphony Orchestra concerts) and critically evaluate them.

    Preliminary drafts of program notes may be submitted to your teacher for comment before the final version is prepared. The finished program notes should be submitted not less than one week before the recital.

    Candidates must organise, produce and distribute their own recital programs (including program notes) and posters for advertising. All documentation must bear the candidate’s name to acknowledge ownership of the work. 


    In order to assist students with essential accompanying costs, some financial assistance may be available. 
    You are advised to consider your choice of associate artists carefully and to do so in plenty of time. It is suggested that you liaise closely with your teacher and/or Head of Studies.

    Assessment Detail

    For students in the performance specialisations the Major Recital (100%) forms a core component, providing a focus for their studies in research and performance skills leading to outcomes in their own realisation of musical works.


    100% attendance and active and positive participation is required for this course.


    Sick Leave, Compassionate Leave or Professional Development Leave may, upon application using the relevant Leave of Absence form, be approved by the course coordinator or relevant staff member. (See Leave descriptors in the Conservatorium’s Participation and Attendance Policy for details.)

    Absence 5 (five) marks

    Although active and positive participation in 100% of required lectures, tutorials, workshops and practically based classes is expected, any student who attends less than 100% of required classes without approved Leave will receive a 5 (five) mark penalty for each unapproved absence. The penalties will be applied to the final total percentage mark for the year for the relevant component - 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 lecturer or Co-ordinator’s discretion, be regarded as an unapproved absence.

    The dates for the major and minor recitals will not be chosen by the candidate but will be scheduled by the Honours Coordinator during the semester exam period.

    Students must perform as required in Classical Performance Forum or Honours Classical Performance Forum. This requirement must be met in order to complete the course.

    It is expected all assessments including presentations, listening tests, practical examinations, written examinations and assignments will be undertaken and submitted as required (see Teaching and Learning Activities). However, Assessment Task Extension, Replacement Examination, Additional Assessment and Deferred Modified Arrangements are available on medical, compassionate or extenuating grounds.
    The required form must be presented to the Faculty office before approval will be granted.  For medical grounds, note that the form must be signed by the medical practitioner at the time of consultation.
    Full information concerning these matters can be found on the University website under University Policies and Procedures, Modified Arrangements for University Coursework Assessment Policy, at

    Where possible it is advisable to discuss the matter with the lecturer concerned in the first instance.
    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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