Principal Study 4.1

Subject MUSI40040 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours. At the discretion of the Coordinator of Honours, a number of Principal Study lessons per semester may be conducted as Principal Study Forums
Total Time Commitment: 18 hours of lessons plus 3 hours of self-directed study per day.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview:

  • Development of advanced solo performing skills and a study of effective programs of practice.

  • Repertoire research and selection and the preparation of major works or equivalent for public performance.

  • Special arrangements will be made for composers.


Upon completing this subject students should have gained:

  • a broad knowledge of the repertoire for the particular instrument or voice;
  • the musical and practical skills necessary for public performance;
  • the creative, critical and analytical skills which are appropriate to performance.

Recital of 45 minutes duration (90%); program notes and Principal Study teacher's mark (10%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Upon completing this subject students should be able to:

• Have the ability to connect research into repertoire to actual performance, and the development of creative skills of interpretation across a wide spectrum of music;
• Be cognisant of and sympathetic to a broad range of musics and associated performance skills;
• Have communication skills in order to both understand all aspects of performance practice, and develop an understanding of life experience as a performer in the 21st century.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music Performance (Degree with Honours)

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