MUSHONS 4005 - Honours Music Major Project
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code MUSHONS 4005 Course Honours Music Major Project Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact Up to 1 hour per week plus forum and ensemble participation if relevant Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites Successful completion of BMus or equivalent/related undergraduate degree Assumed Knowledge Commensurate with a strong result in the completion of Level III of the degree of B.Mus or demonstrated equivalent (as appropriate) Restrictions Available to students admitted to relevant Honours program Course Description The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and understanding to produce a significant written or performed project relevant to their specialisation. This will involve a performed program of approximately 50 minutes duration plus a 3000 word Exegesis, or a written paper of approximately 12,000 words or original composition of equivalent musical significance. Projects must demonstrate familiarity with and skills in the formulation of appropriate creative ideas bearing upon the specialisation concerned and deemed to be at Honours level. Preparatory work will be supervised individually or in small groups as approved by the Conservatorium and will involve the student in considerable time spent developing specialist knowledge, skills and insights bearing upon the project to be completed. Focused research and the development of finessed creative output are at the heart of this project. To assist with the completion of the project student study will include individual or small group (maximum 4 students) supervisions/lessons directed by specialist conservatorium staff.
Course Coordinator: Ms Amanda Grigg
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the elements comprising the musical specialisation concerned
2. Exhibit a high level of musical self-awareness and critical judgement
3. Show well-developed understanding of the professional musical world, its musical standards and the context in which the specialisation concerned operates
4. Display reliability and flexibility in responding to a wide variety of musical 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 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
2 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
3, 4 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, 4 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 & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIndividual or small-group (maximum 4) supervisions form the central teaching and learning mode. Students pursue their particular project using individual research and/or instrumental practice to advance and finesse their goals. Individual/small group discussion encourages testing and sharing of musical theory and practice as students move towards a summative assessment in the form of a recital and exegesis, or written paper. Staff concerned have skills and knowledge in the specialist area being developed and are able to assist in the location and use of appropriate materials and scholarly and/or performance conventions and standards.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD (Performance specialisations) TOTAL HOURS
1 hour per week for 12 weeks individual supervisions 12 hours per semester
28 hours per week for 13 weeks practice 364 hours per semester
9 hours per week for 13 weeks research 117 hours per semester
10 hours per week for 13 weeks rehearsals and forums 130 hours per semester
Total = 624 hours per semester
WORKLOAD (Non-performance specialisations)
1 hour per week for 12 weeks individual/small group supervisions 12 hours per semester
14 hours per week for 12 weeks reading 168 hours per semester
16 hours per week for 12 weeks writing 192 hours per semester
21 hours per week for 12 weeks research 252 hours per semester
Total = 624 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryLearning activities centre around weekly individual/small group supervisions. These accommodate the learning styles of participants while encouraging a developmental curve in skills acquisition and knowledge based understandings. In performance specialisations ensemble rehearsals and performance forums underpin gains in stage presentation and musical projection while seminars assist with research for an Exegesis.
Specific Course RequirementsPlease refer to myuni for information regarding each specialisation.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceAll individual/small group supervisions (maximum 4) adhere to SGDE principles with performance and non-performance students actively engaged in content building and discovery.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
50 minute recital Summative Hurdle Requirement 75% 1, 2, 3, 4.
3000 word Exegesis Summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 4.
Written paper of 12,000 words or
original musical composition(s) of
equivalent significance. Summative Hurdle Requirement 100% 1, 2, 3, 4.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
Honours Performance classes - All performances are cancelled. Students will upload performance for feedback. Files will need to be uploaded to dropbox and link supplied by the due date.
Non-performance specialisations- submit via myuni as normal.
Performance specialisations-- performances will now be uploaded and submitted online.
All recital time requirements remain the same and we will advise about the best way to submit recordings. This may make a difference to the repertoire students choose, but the course coordinator will accept some portion without the accompanying part if supported by a student’s teacher and the Head of Studies.
Assessment Related RequirementsBoth the 50 minute recital and the written paper are hurdle requirements.
100% attendance is required for all supervisions, forums and ensembles.
Assessment DetailFor students in the performance specialisations the Major Recital (75%) forms a core component, providing a focus for their studies in research and performance skills leading to outcomes in their own realisation of musical works. The Exegesis (25%) encourages complementary perspectives on the Major Recital works and carries the added requirement to observe normal scholarly conventions of research writing. For non-performance specialisations the written paper or original score(s) (100%) provide a similar focus for the development of research or composition skills and understanding.
SubmissionPlease refer to myuni for information regarding each specialisation.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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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