MUSCLASS 1080 - Classical Vocal 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 Vocal Performance Advanced 1A must be taken in combination with Classical Performance Forum, Technique and Repertoire 1. Students will undertake intensive 1:1 tuition in classical voice (14 hours per semester) together with studies in Italian language and repertoire. 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 advanced repertoire and technical exercises. In consultation with their vocal teacher, students will also undertake an extended study consisting of either, a discreet set of works designed specifically for technical development, or an extended work. Students are also expected to undertake a minimum of 12 hours per week of structured individual practice as designated by their vocal teacher including repertoire study and a wide variety of relevant technical exercises. Students will also study the basic grammatical concepts of language and learn to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Through the study of appropriate repertoire and technical exercises, students will develop their individual vocal potential, together with an understanding of interpretive principles and performance skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSCLASS 1080
    Course Classical Vocal Performance Advanced 1A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Audition
    Corequisites MUSCLASS 1100A
    Incompatible MUSCLASS 1051, MUSCLASS 1090A
    Restrictions BMus (Classical Performance) students only. Available BY PERMISSION ONLY
    Assessment Week 6 assessment in 1:1 lesson 10%, Teacher assessment 10%, Professional portfolio 10%, 25 minute technical/performance examination 60%, demonstration of Italian language requirements 10%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able 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 own and others’ musical performances in relation to the standards required for professional endeavour.

    Understand the grammatical structure of language; the general principles of Diction; use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

    Understand Italian diction for singing, use correct pronunciation and translate Italian into English with the use of a dictionary.

    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, 5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 5
    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
    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

    Scores of repertoire Technical workbooks as required by voice teacher (Elder Music Library houses an excellent collection of scores available for loan to students).

    Engagement of the services of a professional accompanist for lessons as needed, performance examinations and other performances.

    A good quality recording device to record lessons, practice and performances on a regular basis.

    Bantam New College Italian/English Dictionary (Bantam New College Dictionary Series) [Paperback] Robert C. Melzi (Author)

    Talk Italian Grammar (Talk) (Paperback)(Italian / English) By (author) Alwena Lamping

    Suverkrop, B: IPA Source; Internet Resource

    Recommended Resources

    Adams, David, “A Handbook of Diction for Singers”,OUP.

    Online Learning

    Regular listening to performances of works being studied. Students can listen to works through the library's Naxos subscription.

     Relevant information and materials will be placed on MyUni

  • 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 2 hours per week Italian performance class

    24 hours per semester

    1 x 1 hour per week Italian language class

    12 hours per semester

    1 x 1 hour per week 1:1 vocal lesson

    14 hours per semester

    Individual practice, up to 9 hours per week

    106 hours per semester




    Total: = 156 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary

    Students are expected to be punctual and prepared for each 1:1 lesson. The expectation is for students to develop private structured learning skills to enable them to undertake preparation and practice of all repertoire, technical exercises and other material assigned by their vocal teacher. Students are expected to research the background of the composer and pieces being studied.

    Journal – Voice students are expected to complete practice journal entries on a weekly basis, to be submitted to their vocal teacher at lessons.

    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

    Demonstration of Italian language requirements



    4, 5

    Assessment Related Requirements

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

    Assessment Detail
    See Assessment Summary above.

    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.

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