Performance Honours A (PERF4610)


Performance Honours is both a completion at a high standard of an academic education in performance, and a preparation for postgraduate study in music. Intending Honours students should speak to the Chair of Unit before enrolling. Honours requirements are: the presentation of both a concerto-style performance (normally in semester 7) as well as a public recital (normally in semester 8), the latter with accompanying critical notes, a dissertation in a topic normally negotiated by the end of the previous year in the course of MCGY4601 Research Methods, attendance at the Dissertation Seminar, and participation in either ensemble, orchestral, vocal diction or chamber music studies.

Further unit of study information


2 hr Dissertation Seminar/week in semester 1, 12 hours supervision and 24 hours instrumental lessons across two semesters including performance workshops, plus participation across two semesters in either ensemble, orchestral, vocal diction or chamber music studies as appropriate.


A concerto-style or equivalent performance (up to 25 mins or 40mins for jazz students) (20%); Honours public recital of 45-50 minutes (30%); Critical notes (2,000-2,500 words) (10%); 8,000 -10,000 word thesis including Dissertation Seminar (30%); participation in ensemble/performance classes (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Credit result in MCGY4601, distinction average in (PERF3626 and PERF2624)

Additional Information

A staff accompanist will be available to work with the candidate in 8 hours of rehearsal for concerto-style performance and for the final public Recital (semester 2) where this is appropriate to the needs of the performance and approved in advance.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.