MUSCLASS 1300 - Classical Performance Advanced 1A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course is available BY PERMISSION ONLY. Entry will be determined on the basis of the pre-entry audition score and instrument sub-quotas. 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 10 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. Through the Performance Classes, students will be given the opportunity to develop a range of preparation and performance practice skills. Through the Technique and Repertoire Classes, students will develop a range of skills and approaches which will aid their technical development, and will be given the opportunity to present, perform and discuss their current repertoire with fellow students as 'work in progress'.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSCLASS 1300
    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 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Outstanding achievement at audition with a mark of 85 or higher
    Incompatible MUSCLASS 1071, MUSCLASS 1100A
    Restrictions Available to BMus students only with approval of Course Coordinator
    Assessment Performance exam (25 minutes) 60%, Week 6 assessment 10%, Technique and repertoire 20%, Performance class 10%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Layton

    Dr Elizabeth Layton, Senior Lecturer
    LG25, Elder Hall Building
    8313 3600
    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 Exhibit technical and musical skills that, through accuracy, fluency and stylistic awareness, illustrate a strong and maturing conceptual and interpretative understanding of the student’s instrument and chosen repertoire
    2 Exhibit effective practising strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving including the use of contemporary technologies
    3 Manifest critical understanding of the performance standards required for professional endeavour and an ability to assess one’s own performances and those of fellow musicians
    4 Exhibit skills in performance etiquette, communication and interaction with an audience
    5 Exhibit curiosity, self-awareness and problem-solving skills that will enable continuous learning and growth
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • 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
    In the Course Materials section, there are folders set up for each of the various practical areas namely: Brass, Keyboard, Percussion, Strings, and Woodwind.
  • 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.

    Individual 1:1 tuition - 1 hour per week

    14 hours per semester

    In addition to the required contact hours, students are expected to prepare and practise all repertoire, technical exercises and other material assigned by their instrumental teacher for minimum of 10 hours per week for 12 weeks. These structured learning skills prepare the student for ensuring that the material set for 1:1 lessons is prepared. Students should note however, that the demands of the music profession are such that considerably more time should be spent in private instrumental practice.

    120 hours per semester

    Performance Class:  12 hours per semester

    Technique & Repertoire Class: 14 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Each component will have its own schedule of lessons, classes and topics to be covered as applicable to the particular aspect of the activity being undertaken. Students will be advised in advance of repertoire to be studied, and of the topics to be included as relevant for the various specialisations.

    Individual Tuition
    14 hours per semester, students are expected to be punctual and prepared for each lesson. The expectation is for students to develop private structured learning.

    Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at one to one lessons. See below for penalties.

    Lessons should not be scheduled at times that conflict with any other required classes.

    At each lesson, both the staff member and the student must sign the roll sheet, indicating the date and length of the lesson.

    Should a student be absent without notice, the roll sheet must be signed by the staff member with an appropriate comment. The Head of Studies should be notified (preferably by email) within 48 hours. The teacher will be under no obligation to make up this lesson.

    Where either the teacher or the student is unable to attend at a previously arranged time, at least 24 hours’ notice must be given and an alternative time negotiated.

    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.

    Independent Practice
    Students prepare and practise all repertoire, technical exercises and other material assigned by their instrumental teacher

    Performance Class
    Up to 12 hours of classes per semester

    Students are expected to perform at least once each semester and will be assessed on this performance

    Technique and Repertoire
    Up to 14 hours of classes each semester

    Students are expected to perform regularly in various contexts of solo repertoire, mock orchestral auditions and other designatedrepertoire

    Students will prepare for a technical assessment at the end of each semester. The technical work will be provided at the beginning of the academic year

    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.
  • 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
    The Classical Performance Advanced 1A Performance Exam (25 minutes) MUST be passed with outstanding achievement to continue in Classical Performance Advanced 1B.
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Performance Exam (25 minutes) Summative 60% 1,2,3,4,5
    Week 6 Assessment Formative and Summative 10% 1,2,3
    Technique and Repertoire Summative 20% 1,2,3,4
    Performance Class Summative 10% 1,2,3,4,5
    Portfolio Summative non weighted required component
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at one to one lessons.

    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).

    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, be approved by the relevant staff member (this could be the Head of Studies, teacher, conductor, lecturer or course coordinator as appropriate).

    The following types of Leave are applicable:

    Sick Leave
    In cases of sickness, a medical certificate must be submitted within 7 days of your return to classes.

    Students must make every effort to notify the relevant staff member of an impending absence for reasons of sickness. Where a rehearsal or performance is involved, Leave will only be approved if the relevant staff member is notified before the event.

    Normally, an original medical certificate must be supplied to verify the circumstances. The relevant staff member or Head of Studies may waive the requirement to produce a medical certificate if they have clear evidence of illness and believe that a medical certificate is unnecessary or impossible to obtain.

    Compassionate Leave
    Compassionate Leave may be granted at the discretion of the relevant staff member where extenuating circumstances have prevented a student participating in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. Usually this means circumstances which were unforeseen and legitimately beyond anyone’s control, however this will not always be the case.

    Where the circumstance is known in advance, approval for the Leave must also be obtained prior to the event.

    In cases such as bereavement or where care of a close family member is required, notification as soon as possible is expected.
    Verification of the circumstances will usually be required.

    Professional Development Leave
    Professional Development (PD) Leave may be granted in cases where the student has made a case to the relevant Head of Studies for an activity which they believe will be of considerable professional and educational benefit. This activity should: be directly related to Coursework within your Conservatorium program or involve Coursework or study at a major tertiary national or international music institution or involve Performance, Workshops or other relationships and activities with a high profile, national or international artist(s)

    When determining PD leave, the duration of the project also affects approval, particularly for absences greater than one week.

    PD leave will not be granted if the proposed activity conflicts with any commitments a student has to a Conservatorium performance where their attendance at rehearsals and the performance itself are a required part of their studies.

    PD Leave is only granted in advance of the activity (normally at least 7 days prior). It will NOT be granted retrospectively.

    Final arrangements for any professional development commitments must wait until formal approval has been granted by the Head of Studies and then all signatures of relevant staff members are obtained. Approval is not necessarily guaranteed.

    Verification will be required as part of the approval process.

    Leave applications may be made following the steps below;

    Depending on the leave required, obtain approval or notify the relevant staff member(s) and where appropriate, Head of Studies regarding your absence as soon as possible. Note that prior approval is required for any Professional Development Leave.

    Check with the relevant staff member or Head of Studies to see whether verification or proof will be required. (Please note that this is usually essential.)

    Attach any certification you have been asked to provide.

    Step 4: MAKE COPIES
    Keep copies of any relevant documentation for your records.

    Penalties apply for any unapproved absences as follows:

    Absence - 5 (five) marks for each unapproved absence for lessons and classes.

    Any unapproved absences from an individual instrumental/vocal lessons will result in a 5 (five) mark penalty for each unapproved absence. Any penalties will be applied to the final total performance mark for the year - ie. after all other assessments have been completed and calculated.

    Arrival after the scheduled starting time or departure before the scheduled finishing time may, at the discretion of the relevant teacher or Head of Studies, be regarded as an unapproved absence.

    Failure to notify the relevant instrumental teacher at least 24 hours in advance of an impending absence or late arrival will also be regarded as an unapproved absence. This penalty may be waived if the teacher or Head of Studies is convinced that extenuating circumstances were the cause of the absence or lateness. In such cases it is the student’s responsibility to show that extenuating circumstances are applicable.

    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, be approved by the relevant staff member (this could be the Head of Studies, teacher, conductor, lecturer or course coordinator as appropriate).

    Assessment Detail
    Performance Exam (25 minutes) 60% weighting: to comprise of repertoire as designated by the relevant specialist teacher. Unless agreed otherwise with specialist teacher, one piece or movement from the repertoire will be performed from memory.

    Week 6 Assessment 10% weighting: assessed in the week 6 lesson by the specialist teacher. This assessment will provide early feedback on the student’s preparation and commitment at this point in the semester.

    Technical Assessment 20% weighting: an assessment at the end of the semester to test the technical and accuracy skills of the student.

    Performance Class 10% weighting: one performance will be assessed on repertoire being prepared for the Performance Exam.

    Portfolio – non weighted required component
    Week 5 report:  Received by student from instrumental teacher no later than week 6.

    Technique Exam: Exam scheduled by Head of Area between weeks 10-12. Head of Area sets semester exam requirements with instrumental teacher. Exams requirements received no later than week 2. 

    Performance Class: Individual students will be scheduled to perform once between weeks 7-12. Schedule will be posted on MyUni no later than week 5. Repertoire decided by instrumental teacher, confirmed with student no later than week 5.

    Performance Exam: Office will schedule individual exams in two week exam period. Exact repertoire decided by instrumental and submitted to Head of Area no later than week 10.

    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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