Chinese Music Ensemble

Subject MUSI20135 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2- hour rehearsal each week, participation in performances as required and attendance at two live performances of Chinese music
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students should have some skills on Chinese or Western instruments.

Non Allowed Subjects:

Not available to BMus students

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 Graeme Counsel



Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and Music Student Centre

Subject Overview:

Students will rehearse repertoire that includes traditional, folk, and contemporary Chinese music, as well as engaging with improvisatory techniques in Chinese music. Instrumental tuition is based on the silk-bamboo ensemble in China, with the following instruments: dizi, sheng, yangqin, erhu, zhonghu, zhongruan, daruan, and some Chinese percussion instruments. Students will experience, reflect and report on Chinese music in live performance.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate musical and technical progress in the performance of a variety of Chinese musical repertoires
  • perform selected repertoire
  • articulate in written form their understanding of the repertoires, technical imperatives and musical artistry involved in Chinese music in performance
  • demonstrate a capacity to think critically and independently in matters of corporate style, sonority, balance, ensemble, phrasing, blending and musical gesture

Weekly preparation of parts, individual and/or sectional practice and active contribution to all rehearsals, classes and performances as directed (50%); a ten-minute practical examination at the end of the semester (25%); two concert reports (500 words each) due by the examination period (25%).

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:

Readings will be available on line through the LMS before the commencement of the semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an openness to diverse musical forms found in the musics of the the world and specifically Chinese music
  • demonstrate skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation that allow for effective working in teams
  • communicate their ideas about music in its sociocultural context
  • study selected repertoire relevant to the ensemble
  • demonstrate the ability to incorporate practical musical skills in unfamiliar musical traditions into their musical life.
Related Breadth Track(s): Non-western music performance

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