MUSPERF 6015 - Minor Recital IV

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

Students undertake individual lessons supervised by their principal instrumental teacher. They also attend a weekly 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 Minor (35 minute) Recital at the end of the semester comprising a program of music demonstrating appropriate achievement in stylistic, artistic and technical areas of performance.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSPERF 6015
    Course Minor Recital IV
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Successful completion of Bachelor of Music or another relevant undergraduate degree
    Incompatible PERF 6015A/B
    Restrictions Available to Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) students only
    Course Description Students undertake individual lessons supervised by their principal instrumental teacher. They also attend a weekly 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 Minor (35 minute) Recital at the end of the semester comprising a program of music demonstrating appropriate achievement in stylistic, artistic and technical areas of performance.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch

    Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch AM
    LG14 Elder Hall Building
    +61 83135343
    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:
    1. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and mastery of the elements of musical performance, encompassing technique, style, interpretation and communication.
    2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure of music and its role as an expressive art.

    3. demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and critical judgement.
    4. demonstrate flexibility and agility of musical thought and judgement.

    5. demonstrate a clear understanding of the musical professional world and standards required for professional work.

    6. demonstrate a high level of independence and initiative and a desire for continued improvement in all aspects of musical professional   endeavour.
    7. demonstrate the flexibility to recognise and respond to a wide variety of musical professional opportunities and 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
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 5, 7
    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
  • 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 copies of the music must be used for examinations.

    2. Technical workbooks as required by instrumental teacher for your specific instrument specialisation.

    3. Engagement of the services of a professional accompanist for lessons (where required), 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 a variety of performances is recommended. 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 In the Music Resources Guide: - you will find links to both Naxos and Naxos Jazz under “Quick Links” on the left side of the page.

    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 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
    Resources and announcements may be posted on MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Individual tuition lies at the core of developing advanced performing skills. The instrumental teacher monitors each student’s progress, diagnoses technical problems and suggests strategies for independent practice. The Technique & Repertoire class is managed by the relevant Head of Study and focuses on relevant technical and musical issues pertaining to the family of instruments. The Performance Class provides performance opportunities for each student. As part of each student’s engagement with their peers, students are expected to make critical comments about performances of peers in the Performance Class, as well as about their own performances. Students are also expected to maintain a written journal.

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

    WORKLOAD                                       TOTAL HOURS
    Individual lessons 12 x 1 hour per week = 12 hours per semester

    Forums 12 x 2 hours per week  =              24 hours per semester

    Ensembles 12 x 3 hours per week      =     36 hours per semester

    Research 12 x 6 hours per week    =         72 hours per semester

    Practice 12 x 14 hours per week   =        168 hours per semester

     Total: 312 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. 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.
    Specific Course Requirements
    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. Consult with your individual teacher or see the accompanist list available from the Music Office.
    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

    ASSESSMENT TASK   35 minute Minor Recital

    TASK TYPE                Summative

    WEIGHTING               100%


    Assessment Related Requirements
    Recital program Notes -
    Program notes are a non-graded requirement. For a 35 minute recital, Program Notes are expected to be 2 pages comprising approximately 600 - 700 words.

    In this course, penalties apply for any absences which are not formally approved, as outlined in the Conservatorium’s Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines (see following). Leave Application forms are available from the Music Office and can be downloaded from the Music website – see

    Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines

    All students enrolled in courses taught by the Elder Conservatorium of Music are expected to actively and positively participate in 100% of required rehearsals, workshops, classes, lectures, tutorials and performances. In courses where Participation & Attendance penalties apply (as defined in the Course Outline), any student who misses more than 40% of required classes will be ineligible for assessment in that course, irrespective of the amount of leave that has been formally approved.

    The Conservatorium recognises that extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. In such cases Leave may, upon application using this Leave form, be approved by the relevant staff member (this could be the Head of Studies, teacher, conductor, lecturer or course coordinator as appropriate).
    Assessment Detail
    35 minute Minor Recital. Repertoire may include solo works, chamber music, orchestral material, concerti, accompaniment etc.
    It is expected that recitals will be undertaken according to the examination schedule. However, Assessment Task Extension, Replacement Examination, Additional Assessment and Deferred Modified Arrangements are available on medical, compassionate or extenuating grounds.
    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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