MUSENS 1003B - Specialist Ensemble 1 Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course provides the opportunity to participate in a specialist 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. Students must audition and seek approval from the relevant Head of Performance (Jazz or Classical) in order to participate in this course before enrolling. The designated Specialist Ensemble will be determined by the Head of Performance according to the skills of the student. The designated ensemble could be one of the regular Conservatorium ensembles, or an ensemble formed for an approved project. Students will participate in the rehearsal and performance schedule of the designated Specialist Ensemble.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSENS 1003B
    Course Specialist 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 1003A
    Incompatible ENS 1060B, ENS 1050B
    Restrictions Available by permission of the Head of UG Programs or the Head of Performance
    Course Description This course provides the opportunity to participate in a specialist 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. Students must audition and seek approval from the relevant Head of Performance (Jazz or Classical) in order to participate in this course before enrolling. The designated Specialist Ensemble will be determined by the Head of Performance according to the skills of the student. The designated ensemble could be one of the regular Conservatorium ensembles, or an ensemble formed for an approved project. Students will participate in the rehearsal and performance schedule of the designated Specialist Ensemble.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Rosevear

    Specialist Ensemble is only for students who have scope within their Study Plan to enrol in more than one ensemble, and who are already enrolled in Instrumental Ensemble and/or Choral Ensemble. The designated ensemble for Specialist Ensemble must be a different ensemble from the ensemble in either Instrumental Ensemble or Choral Ensemble.

    The designated ensemble for Specialist Ensemble could be one of the regular Conservatorium ensembles (ECCO, ECWO, ECSO, Percussion Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Big Band, Cuban Ensemble, Bella Voce, Jazz Choir, or Chorale) or an ensemble formed for an approved project.

    Students must audition for the relevant ensemble and seek approval from the relevant Head of Performance (Jazz or Classical) in order to participate in this course before enrolling. Students will attend the designated Specialist Ensemble as determined by the Head of Performance, and participate in rehearsals and performances as required of the Specialist Ensemble.
    Course Timetable

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

    The designated ensemble for Specialist Ensemble could be one of the regular Conservatorium ensembles (ECCO, ECWO, ECSO, Percussion Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Big Band, Cuban Ensemble, Bella Voce, Jazz Choir, or Chorale) or an ensemble formed for an approved project.
    Refer to the times for these as listed in the Course Planner for Instrumental Ensemble and Chorale Ensemble.
  • 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
    As required for the designated ensemble.
    Recommended Resources
    Students can access the Elder Music Library which 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
    Specialist Ensemble is only for students who have scope within their Study Plan to enrol in more than one ensemble, and who are already enrolled in Instrumental Ensemble and/or Choral Ensemble. The designated ensemble for Specialist Ensemble must be a different ensemble from the ensemble in either Instrumental Ensemble or Choral Ensemble.

    The designated ensemble for Specialist Ensemble could be one of the regular Conservatorium ensembles (ECCO, ECWO, ECSO, Percussion Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Big Band, Cuban Ensemble, Bella Voce, Jazz Choir, or Chorale) or an ensemble formed for an approved project.

    Students must audition for the relevant ensemble and seek approval from the relevant Head of Performance (Jazz or Classical) in order to participate in this course before enrolling. Students will attend the designated Specialist Ensemble as determined by the Head of Performance, and participate in rehearsals and performances as required of the Specialist Ensemble.
    Workload

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


    WORKLOAD

    TOTAL HOURS

    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 director of the Specialist ensemble 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.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There is an expectation of 100% attendance at rehearsals.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Sectional rehearsals may be arranged as needed. During sectional rehearsals, 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.t rehearsals. Penalties apply for unapproved absences.
    Assessment Detail
    See Assessment Summary above.
    Submission
    Practical assessments as outlined in Assessment Summary.
    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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