Principal Study 1.1 (Improvisation)

Subject MUSI10137 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Principal Study Lesson - 45 minutes per week x 8 weeks per semester Principal Study Forum – 90 minutes per week x 1 week per semester Workshop - 90 minutes per week x 8 weeks per semester Feldenkrais – 60 minutes per week x 12 weeks per semester
Total Time Commitment: Not available



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Core Participation Requirements:


Mr Ashley Cross


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject is made up of four components: Principal Study Lessons, Principal Study Forum, Workshop and Feldenkrais.
Principal Study Lessons: students will focus on the establishment and consolidation of techniques that will equip them to study and perform Jazz standard repertoire as well as develop improvisational language for their specific instrument/voice. Priority will be given to the development of tone production, accuracy of pitch, rhythm, feel, articulation, dynamics, and harmonic awareness as well as develping an understanding of how these elements relate to one’s constantly evolving musical expression through improvisation.
Principal Study Forum: students will take part in one specialist forum per semester, related to their instrumental groupings. Workshop: Students will perform in an ensemble context for their peers focusing on their ability to interpret the repertoire, express themselves through improvisation as well as developing an understanding of the principles that lie behind great ensemble playing.
Feldenkrais: Students will address various elements of performance and awaken their own sense of physical awareness.

Learning Outcomes:


Formal – A 10 minute technical exam (devised by the principle study teacher in consultation with the student) at the end of 1st semester and a 15 minute recital at the end of 2nd semester. Marks for these will be combined on a semester basis with the continuous mark for Workshop in the following weighting; tech exam/recital 60% continuous workshop mark 40%. Students will be required to present suitable program notes for their end of year recitals. Hurdle requirement participation in Feldenkrais for this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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