Principal Study I

Subject MUSI70001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 37.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Year Long, 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: 48 hours all year
Total Time Commitment: 24 hrs contact & 4 hrs individual practice per day
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Extensive background in music essential
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirments 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: Preparation for a recital program in one of the following designated areas:
  • Instrumental/Vocal Performance solo/ensemble recital.

  • Accompaniment (Collaborative Pianism) - instrumental and/or vocal recital;

  • Conducting/Directing

  • Performance/Composition.

Semester 1 in both years will consist of individual Principal Study lessons. In Semester 2 in both years this subject will embrace ensemble tuition and performance, and assessed recitals will comprise both solo and ensemble works in programs to be approved by the post graduate committee. The amount of tuition between one to one lessons and ensemble tuition will depend on repertoire and individual needs.

In addition, students are required to attend masterclasses scheduled during the year, the nature of which will depend on the selection of Principal Study enrolments and the visiting artists and artist-in-residence program arranged by the School.
Objectives: On completion of this subject students should have :
• acquired a professional level of expertise in their specialist discipline;
• developed a comprehensive knowledge of the musical content and style of a wide body of historical and contemporary repertoire;
• developed artistic and creative independence;
• acquired appropriate skills in research, writing and criticism;
• cultivated a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of the connections between music, contemporary society and culture including Australia’s indigenous culture.
Assessment: A recital of 60 minutes minimum playing time (and not to exceed 75 minutes, including intervals) presented before a panel. Students are required to write their own program notes, the quality of which is considered integral to the overall assessment (100%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Initiate research projects
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of musical expertise
  • Demonstrate a profound respect for truth and aesthetic integrity in performance, and for the ethics of scholarship
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the significance and value of the art-form to the wider community and their personal contribution to it.
  • Demonstrate artistic leadership in the School community
  • Demonstrate the capacity for independent critical thought and self-directed learning
  • Demonstrate understanding of, and facility with, scholarly conventions in music research
  • Demonstrate a capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding of subject areas in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage time to maximise the quality of learning
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the life-view of others in the learning environment
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