MUSENS 1001B - Instrumental Ensemble 1 Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course provides the opportunity to participate in an instrumental ensemble that is specifically suitable for each student?s instrument. Ensemble participation develops musicianship through focussing on the skills of reading, listening, stylistic interpretation, intonation, and blend in the ensemble context. Each ensemble has its own rehearsal and performance schedule. Students are allocated to ensembles following auditions held prior to the start of the academic year. The ensembles available are: Chamber Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, Jazz Big Band, Jazz Guitar Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSENS 1001B
    Course Instrumental Ensemble 1 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 Y
    Prerequisites MUSENS 1001A
    Incompatible ENS 1023B, ENS 1009B, ENS 1010B, ENS 1004B, ENS 1011B, ENS 1017B
    Restrictions Priority is given to Bachelor of Music students but course is available to non-music students (by audition)
    Course Description This course provides the opportunity to participate in an instrumental ensemble that is specifically suitable for each student?s instrument. Ensemble participation develops musicianship through focussing on the skills of reading, listening, stylistic interpretation, intonation, and blend in the ensemble context. Each ensemble has its own rehearsal and performance schedule. Students are allocated to ensembles following auditions held prior to the start of the academic year. The ensembles available are: Chamber Orchestra,
    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, Jazz Big Band, Jazz Guitar Band, and Percussion Ensemble.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Rosevear

    Classical Ensembles Director
    Chamber Orchestra Lachlan Bramble
    Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra             Keith Crellin
    Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra Robert Hower
    Percussion Ensemble Amanda Grigg
    Classical Guitar Ensemble Oliver Fartach-Naini        
    Jazz Ensembles
    Jazz Big Band Dustan Cox
    Cuban Ensemble Dustan Cox
    Note: Jazz Guitar Band - not offered in 2015
    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:

    Demonstrate ensemble performance skills that display accuracy, fluency, advanced technical skills and a mature expressive sense along with a strong conceptual and interpretative understanding of the works studied

    Develop effective practising strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving

    Develop critical understanding of own and others’ musical performances in relation to professional standards

    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
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students will generally need to provide their own ensemble instrument. In certain circumstances, some instruments (e.g. bass clarinet, contrabassoon, baritone saxophone etc) may be available for loan to students through the relevant Head of Studies.
    Recommended Resources
    The Elder Music Library houses an extensive collection of music, literature and recordings.
    Online Learning
    MyUni will enable communication and other learning support
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Ensemble rehearsals, along with each student's individual part preparation, provide the basis for teaching and learning as expected in the professional music context.
    Workload

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

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

    Depending upon the ensemble, typically the following is expected:

    2 x 2 hour rehearsals per week

    48 hours per semester (96 hours per year)

    2 hours individual preparation per week

    24 hours per semester (48 hours per year)

    6 hours concert preparation and performances

    6 hours per semester (12 hours per year)

     

     

     

    78 hours per semester (156 hours per year)

    Learning Activities Summary
    The ensemble director will plan and organise the repertoire to be studied by the ensemble and a rehearsal schedule will be developed to enable students to be adequately prepared for each rehearsal. Students may be expected to sight-read parts in some instances, and to listen to recordings of works being studied. There is an expectation of 100% attendance at rehearsals. The ensembles available are: Chamber Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, Jazz Big Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

    Jazz Guitar Band is not available in 2015.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There is an expectation of 100% attendance at rehearsals. Penalties willl apply to any unapproved absences (see Assessment).
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Some ensembles may have sectional rehearsals as needed in which students are responsible for working collaboratively to solve specific performance problems.
  • 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 TASK

    TASK TYPE

    WEIGHTING

    COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)

    Assessment 1 – Parts Assessment or equivalent

    Formative and summative

    30%

    1, 2

    Assessment 2 – Parts Assessment or equivalent

    Formative and summative

    30%

    1, 2

    Assessment 3 – Demonstration of Rehearsal Skills or equivalent     

    Formative and summative

    30%

    1, 2, 3

    Ensemble participation (ongoing throughout the year)

    Formative and summative

    10%

    1, 2, 3

    Assessment Related Requirements
    There is an expectation of 100% attendance at rehearsals.

    The following penalties will be applied to the final total mark for the year – ie after all assessments have been completed and calculated:

    Penalties
    Absence - ten (10) marks
    Lateness - five (5) marks

    Any unacceptable absences from ensemble rehearsals and performances will result in a ten (10) mark penalty for each unapproved absence, and a five (5) mark penalty for each episode of unapproved lateness. Lateness is defined as arrival at the rehearsal or performance venue at any time after the scheduled starting time for rehearsal, or any time after the scheduled ‘Call’ time in the case of performances.
    Assessment Detail

    Part assessment – students will be required to play their individual part or to play in a small group/section from works selected by the ensemble director from the repertoire being studied. Depending on the ensemble, there may be two or three part assessments for the year (at least one per semester), with total weighting of 60%.

    Ensemble participation – students are punctual and focussed on their contribution to effective rehearsal of material as directed by the ensemble director throughout the year – 10%

    Ensemble concert performances – student input to concert performance/s in which required musical skills are displayed – weighting of 30%.

    Submission
    Practical assessment through rehearsals and performances.
    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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