MUSGEN 3201 - Music Professional Development 3A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course provides the opportunity to participate in specialist ensembles, both large and small, that cater for each student's instrument/voice and career goals. The course also offers components which can enhance professional skills, depending on the student's instrument/voice. Ensemble rehearsal and performance focusses on the skills of reading, listening, intonation, blend, articulation, individual sound, improvisation and, stylistic interpretation within the ensemble context. Through involvement in rehearsals in which students gain experience with professional ensemble directors, students will develop effective practising strategies, rehearsal discipline and creative approaches to problem solving. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of teamwork, an awareness of professional standards and expectations, and be given opportunities to build effective working relationships with colleagues. Central to the course is a focus on professional standards and expectations. Students will undertake two components, to be determined on the outcome of ensemble auditions. The components typically available are: Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, Latin Ensemble, Rhythm & Reading Ensemble, Small Jazz Ensemble, Elder Conservatorium Chorale (SATB choir), Bella Voce (female choir), Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Music, Accompanying, and Music Journalism.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSGEN 3201
    Course Music Professional Development 3A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week depending on ensemble allocation
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Ensemble audition
    Corequisites Accompanying requires: MUSCLASS 3200 on piano
    Course Description This course provides the opportunity to participate in specialist ensembles, both large and small, that cater for each student's instrument/voice and career goals. The course also offers components which can enhance professional skills, depending on the student's instrument/voice. Ensemble rehearsal and performance focusses on the skills of reading, listening, intonation, blend, articulation, individual sound, improvisation and, stylistic interpretation within the ensemble context. Through involvement in rehearsals in which students gain experience with professional ensemble directors, students will develop effective practising strategies, rehearsal discipline and creative approaches to problem solving. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of teamwork, an awareness of professional standards and expectations, and be given opportunities to build effective working relationships with colleagues. Central to the course is a focus on professional standards and expectations. Students will undertake two components, to be determined on the outcome of ensemble auditions. The components typically available are: Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, Latin Ensemble, Rhythm & Reading Ensemble, Small Jazz Ensemble, Elder Conservatorium Chorale (SATB choir), Bella Voce (female choir), Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Music, Accompanying, and Music Journalism.
    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

    Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate functional musical skills that display accuracy, fluency, advanced technical skill and a developing expressive sense in the ensemble context
    1. Exhibit effective practising strategies, rehearsal discipline, an understanding of the importance of active listening, responsiveness and teamwork which shows sensitivity to the performance of colleagues with evidence of effective working relationships
    1. Manifest a developing awareness of professional standards and expectations in ensemble music-making and related aspects
    1. Apply creative and innovative solutions collectively and personally
    1. Exhibit developing skills in rehearsal planning, management and ensemble leadership and direction
    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
    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
    2, 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
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2
    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
    2, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All music for ensembles will be provided.


  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    • Each ensemble’s director (or activity co-ordinator) will plan and organise the repertoire to be studied by the ensemble and provide a rehearsal schedule that will enable students to be adequately prepared for each performance.

    • Students may be expected to sight-read parts in some instances, and to listen to recordings of works being studied.

    • Given that the essence of ensemble music making is the total interdependence of each individual musician on each other, there is an expectation of 100% attendance at all rehearsals and classes.

    • Students will be placed in two ensembles/components, to be determined by the relevant Heads of Studies and/or conductor on the basis of ensemble auditions or other relevant selection criteria.

    • The components for 2017 are:  Accompanying, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Music, Chamber Orchestra, Chorale (SATB choir), Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Big band, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Keyboard Musicianship, Latin Ensemble, Opera Preparation (Stagecraft & Theatre Skills), percussion Ensemble, Rhythm & Reading Ensemble, Rhythm Matters, Small Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Words About Music
    Workload

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

    The actual contact hours and workload will vary depending on the ensemble/activity within which each student is placed.

    Each component will involve up to 48 hours of contact time for the semester.  For ensembles this is usually expressed as 2 x 2 hours rehearsal per week for 12 weeks.  In addition, students are expected to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week in private practice and preparation.

    For non-ensemble based activities, each lecturer will inform students of the workload detail but typically involve up to 2 hours contact time per component with up to 5 hours of structured private learning per component.


    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedules of rehearsals, performances and other activities will be provided by the staff member responsible for each ensemble or class.


  • 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 for each component varies according to the nature of the ensemble/activity.

    In general however, each component will consist of two assessments as follows:

    Assessment 1 – Individual parts assessment (for ensembles) or equivalent as applicable for other components  (Weighting 40%)
    Relevant learning Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Assessment 2 – Individual parts assessment (for ensembles) or equivalent as applicable for other components  (Weighting 60%)
    Relevant learning Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Conductors and lecturers will provide further assessment detail as relevant to each component.


    Assessment Detail

    Assessment 1 - Parts assessment: before week 6, students will be required to play their individual part or to play in a small group/section.  Selections for assessment will be from works selected by the ensemble director from the repertoire being studied.

    For non-ensemble components, an equivalent assessment to be undertaken before week 6.

    Weighting - 40%.

     

    Assessment 2 - Parts assessment: at end of semester. Students will be required to play their individual part or to play in a small group/section.  Selections for assessment will be from works selected by the ensemble director from the repertoire being studied. 

    For non-ensemble components, an equivalent assessment to be undertaken at end of semester.

    Weighting - 60%.


    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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