MCM Brass Ensemble

Subject MUSI20074 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours consisting of 1 two-hour rehearsal per week
Total Time Commitment:

80 hours


Enrolment will be subject to a satisfactory audition.

Available as breadth.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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 subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Donna Coleman



Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and Music Student Centre

Subject Overview:

The MCM Brass Ensemble offers students the opportunity to engage in brass ensemble activities at the highest possible level. The ensembles will study and perform a wide variety of repertoire and diverse musical styles including both transcriptions and original compositions for brass.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Show technical and musical development as ensemble musicians
  • Participate with skill and confidence as a member of a performing group
  • Perform selected repertoire to high standard
  • Identify and exhibit knowledge of a range of ensemble repertoire and skills
  • Exhibit an informed respect for the values and principles of ensemble performance
  • Demonstrate enhanced preparation to become professional musicians
  • Weekly preparation of parts for individual presentation and/or sectionals with active participation in all rehearsals, classes and performances (Ongoing, 30%);
  • Present a 10-minute individual part test (Week 6-7, 30%);
  • Give a 10-minute ensemble performance (Week 11-12, 40%).

Hurdle requirement: 100% weekly punctual and full attendance at all rehearsals and performances as directed is expected. Less than 80% attendance will result in a fail.

Prescribed Texts:


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:

  • Present brass ensemble repertoire at the highest possible level
  • Demonstrate a capacity to think critically and independently and to apply this to their ensemble performance
  • Study and realise selected repertoire relevant to the ensemble to performance standard
  • Apply time and people management skills to their rehearsal and performance preparation.
  • Demonstrate independence, leadership and teamwork skills in rehearsal and performance
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Applied Skills Electives

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