MUSEP 1103 - Music Education Performance Studies 1A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course immerses music education students into the wealth of performance activities offered by the Conservatorium. Students will combine specialised training in their area of choice with ensemble experience in one of the Conservatorium's ensembles. Students will extend and develop their individual skills as musicians, will learn professional expectations of musicianship and will develop their own voice as performers and artistic communicators. 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSEP 1103
    Course Music Education Performance Studies 1A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible MUSCLASS 1200, MUSCLASS 1300, MUSCLASS 1400, MUSCOMP 1100, MUSJAZZ 1001, MUSJAZZ 1070, MUSPMACT 1201, MUSONIC 1210
    Assumed Knowledge Ability to read musical notation and participate in instrumental music making/ singing
    Assessment Assessment tasks relevant to individual specialisation 50%, Assessment of ensemble participation 50%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Dollman

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    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.

    1, 3, 5

    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.

    2, 3, 5

    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.

    4, 5

    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.

    3, 5

    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.

    1, 3, 5
  • 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 Further resources will be provided on MyUni, or will be available through the University of Adelaide Library system
    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
    Additional course materials will be posted on Canvas MyUni, including articles, digital readings and links to videos and websites.

    Online Discussion Boards are available for posting questions related to Course Content.

    Announcements will be made relating to Course Activities and Professional Development Opportunities via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students will develop their individual skills as practising musicians and performers through specialised tuition in their area of choice (for eg. Classical Performance/ Jazz Performance/ Pop Music and Creative Technologies). They will also learn professional standards of ensemble practice through participating in one of the Elder Conservatorium’s Ensembles.

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

    Specialised Tuition: Up to 2 hours per week (12 weeks per Semester)

    Ensemble Rehearsal: Up to 4 hours per week (10 weeks per Semester)

    7. 5 hours of practice and private research per week (minimum): 92 hours per Semester

    TOTAL: 156 hours per Semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Weeks 1-12: Specialised Learning.
    Weeks 1-12: Ensemble participation- check with Ensemble coordinator regarding dates and times of each rehearsal/ performance.
  • 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 tasks relevant to individual performance specialisation, such as classical performance, jazz performance, popular music and songwriting, sonic arts or composition: 50%, Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5

    Assessment of ensemble participation: 50% Course Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4

    Assessment Related Requirements
    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

    EXPECTATION 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, 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.

    LEAVE The Conservatorium recognises that extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, tutorials 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
    1. Assessment tasks related to individual performance specialisation, such as classical performance, jazz performance, popular music and songwriting, sonic arts or composition:  50%

    2. Assessment of ensemble performance: Students will be assessed on at least 2 occasions over the course of the Semester. Grades will relate to their individual contribution to the overall level of ensemble performance and their demonstration of professional standards of ensemble etiquette. 50%
    All performance assessments will be delivered on campus in person. 
    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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