Historical Performance Practice

Subject MUSI90025 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours per week during semester.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





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


Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)
E: 13melb@unimelb.edu.au

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre
E: [mcm-ugrad@unimelb.edu.au] [mcm-grad@unimelb.edu.au]
W: www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

An applied study through the critical evaluation of 17th- and 18th-century sources. Classes will focus on each student's acquisition of skills and knowledge that will allow the development of individual solutions to performance problems.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Apply principles of embellishment and other aspects of early performance practice on their instruments;
  • Assimilate theoretical writings and the development of verbal and musical skills that allow their articulation;
  • Evaluate performances by leading contemporary practitioners.

A 20-minute practical examination in the application of performance practice techniques to selected works (60%); A 1,500-word written assignment (20%); Participation in classes (20%).

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be available for purchase from the Melbourne University Bookshop before the commencement of the semester.

Recommended Texts:

Brown and Sadie. Performance Practice: Music after 1600. London: Macmillan, 1989.

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 skills aimed at augmenting independent critical thinking
  • Experiment with new ideas
  • Implement their independent research and critical reflection directly into music performance.
Related Course(s): Master of Music (Music Performance)
Master of Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Master of Music (Opera Performance)

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