MUSCLASS 1070 - Classical Performance Advanced 1A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course is available BY PERMISSION ONLY. Entry will be determined on the basis of the pre-entry audition score and instrument sub-quotas. Classical Performance Advanced 1A must be taken in combination with Classical Performance Forum, Technique and Repertoire 1. Students will undertake intensive 1:1 tuition in their chosen instrument (14 hours per semester). Students will further develop their individual technical and musical potential, together with a mature understanding of interpretive principles and performance skills through the study of appropriate repertoire and technical exercises. In consultation with their instrumental teacher, students will also undertake an extended study consisting of either, a discreet set of works designed specifically for technical development, an extended work, or orchestral excerpts relevant to their instrument. 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 1070
    Course Classical Performance Advanced 1A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 1 hour per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Audition
    Corequisites MUSCLASS 1100A
    Incompatible MUSCLASS 1001, MUSCLASS 1090A
    Restrictions Available to BMus (Classical Performance) students only, BY PERMISSION ONLY
    Assessment Week 6 assessment 10%, Teacher assessment 10%, Professional Portfolio 10%, 25 minute technical/performance exam (or equivalent) 70%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The Course Learning Outcomes will enable students to:

    Display advanced musical performance skills that display accuracy, fluency, technical skills and a mature expressive sense along with a strong conceptual and interpretative understanding of the chosen and prescribed works.

    Develop effective practising strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving including the use of contemporary technologies.

    Develop critical understanding of their 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
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 3
  • 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 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.
    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

    Relevant information and materials will be placed on MyUni – see “My Performance Classical” and will be organised according to the various areas, namely: Brass, Keyboard, Percussion, Strings, Voice and Woodwind.

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

    1 x instrumental lesson per week 14 hours per semester
    Individual practice:Students are 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.
    142 hours per semester
    Total: 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary

    An individual schedule of repertoire and technical requirements will be arranged during the individual lessons with the assigned instrumental/vocal teacher.

    Students are expected to develop a professional portfolio containing for example, a curriculum vitae, a biography, and program notes on repertoire.

    Specific Course Requirements
    • Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at one to one lessons. Penalties apply if attendance requirement is not met.
    • At each lesson, both the staff member and the student must sign the roll sheet, indicating the date and length of the lesson.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Small Group Discovery Experience

    The schedule of 1:1 individual lessons enables technical and musical issues to be explored, and short-term and long-term goals to be designed in order to target individual needs.

  • 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





    Week 6 assessment in 1:1 lesson



    1, 2, 3

    Teacher assessment

    Formative and Summative


    1, 2, 3

    Professional portfolio




    25 minute technical/performance examination (or equivalent)



    1, 2

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at one to one lessons.

    Assessment Detail

    See Assessment Summary above.

    The 25 minute technical/performance examinationwill include an extended study consisting of either, a discreet set of works designed specifically for technical development, an extended work, or orchestral excerpts relevant to their instrument.


    Professional portfolio to be submitted to Head of Performance at the beginning of Week 10. Performance examinations will be scheduled by the Conservatorium Office and will take place during the Examination period.

    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.

  • 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.

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