Performing to Teach 1

Subject MUSI90147 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 one-hour lesson per week; regular ninety-minute concert class; instrument class as arranged.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours including contact as above plus sustained practice time in consultation with the individual practical teacher.


This subject is only available to students enroled in the Master of Music (Performance Teaching).



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Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


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Subject Overview:

Students will develop a thorough technical background to cope with all stylistic demands of their instrument or voice and establish a repertoire covering all styles. Students will also develop a thorough understanding of the applied approaches to the pedagogy of their instrument or voice.


On completion of the subject, students should be able to:

  • conceive, design and implement a short practical program of representative technical exercises and works for their instrument;
  • demonstrate understanding and application of the main schools of instrumental pedagogy relevant to their specialisation;
  • perform the component works of a program with technical and musical capability; and
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the history of their instrument.


Vocal and instrumental students: a twenty-minute practical examination at the end of the semester of an approved program of technical work and pieces (100%).

Practical examination programs must be submitted to the coordinator for approval not later than week 7 of the semester.

Students are expected to keep a journal containing detailed information from lessons and instrument or vocal class.

100% attendance is expected, less than 80% will result in a fail in the subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
  • demonstrate skills in evaluative thinking, and in the application of theoretical criteria to practical outcomes;
  • demonstrate analytical skills in the context of performance; and
  • plan effectively to meet performance deadlines.

Related Course(s): Master of Music (Performance Teaching)

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