Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance)

Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance)

Students must complete 48 credit points, including:
(a) 42 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 6 credit points elective units of study
The Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) is available in Western and Non-Western instrumental study, Jazz and Contemporary performance areas. It can also be undertaken as a principal study area in Collaborative Piano or Repetiteur streams

Core units of study

CPNO5300 Graduate Recital Preparation 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Jeanell Carrigan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 8 hrs/semester + recital performance Assessment: based on attendance, participation, and professionalism (100%). details of assessment criteria will be provided by the coordinator. students must satisfy the requirement of this unit of study before recital. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit must be taken by all students in Graduate Diploma and Master of Music Studies who require staff accompanists for their recital.
Students will receive training/instruction in all aspects of collaborative recital preparation including strategies for improvement of accuracy of rhythmic and intonation control, as well as the ability to perform with commitment and to work effectively with other musicians in the areas of style, interpretation and performance techniques.
CPNO5303 Collaborative Piano 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Jeanell Carrigan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 8 hours/semester and regular rehearsals. Assessment: based on attendance, performance and professional conduct as demonstrated in tutorials (50%); 1 x 20minute presentation recital with the instrumentalist or vocalist (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Program should be presented to the coordinator before commencement of the tutorials.
This course offers tuition in working as a collaborative artist with either an instrumentalist , preparing a major duo work; or with a singer, where a selection of art songs must be prepared.
CPNO5304 Collaborative Piano 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Jeanell Carrigan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 8 hours/semester and regular rehearsals. Assessment: based on attendance, performance and professional conduct as demonstrated in tutorials (50%); 1 x 20minute presentation recital with the instrumentalist or vocalist (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit offers tuition in working as a collaborative artist with either an instrumentalist, preparing a major duo work or with a singer, where a selection of art songs must be prepared.
ENSE5015 Graduate Ensemble 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Yeadon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Participation in orchestral, chamber music ensembles or equivalent. Assessment: Two progress reports per semester (2x50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: These ensemble units are available only to students enrolled in the Accompaniment, Repetiteur or Jazz students streams.
The aim of Graduate Ensemble is to provide students with opportunities to participate in the types of ensembles in which they will seek employment. This includes: knowledge of repertoire; development of ensemble skills; professional practice as a session musician; knowledge of ensemble management and relevant professional expectations.
ENSE5016 Graduate Ensemble 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Yeadon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Participation in orchestral, chamber music ensembles or equivalent. Assessment: Two progress reports per semester (2x50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: These ensemble units are available only to students enrolled in the Accompaniment, Repetiteur or Jazz streams.
The aim of Graduate Ensemble is to provide students with opportunities to participate in the types of ensembles in which they will seek employment. This includes: knowledge of repertoire; development of ensemble skills; professional practice as a session musician; knowledge of ensemble management and relevant professional expectations.
ENSE5017 Graduate Ensemble 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Yeadon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Participation in orchestral, chamber music ensembles or equivalent Assessment: Two progress reports per semester (2x50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: These ensemble units are available only to students enrolled in the Accompaniment, Repetiteur or Jazz streams.
The aim of Graduate Ensemble is to provide students with opportunities to participate in the types of ensembles in which they will seek employment. This includes: knowledge of repertoire; development of ensemble skills; professional practice as a session musician; knowledge of ensemble management and relevant professional expectations.
ENSE5320 Ensemble 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Yeadon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Participation in conducted ensemble groups such as Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble, Modern Music Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, Choir, Saxophone Orchestra, Wind Symphony or Gamelan. Assessment: Assessment will be based on the student's contribution to the ensemble including preparation for auditions and rehearsals, and evidence of professional attitudes and attributes during rehearsal and performance (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Ensemble units provide students with opportunities to participate in the types of conducted ensembles in which they may seek future employment.
ENSE5321 Ensemble 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Yeadon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Participation in conducted ensemble groups such as Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble, Modern Music Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, Choir, Saxophone Orchestra, Wind Symphony or Gamelan. Prerequisites: ENSE5320 Assessment: Assessment will be based on the student's contribution to the ensemble including preparation for auditions and rehearsals, and evidence of professional attitudes and attributes during rehearsal and performance (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Ensemble units provide students with opportunities to participate in the types of conducted ensembles in which they may seek future employment.
ENSE5330 Graduate Chamber Music 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Yeadon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 x 1 hr tutorials and unit specific seminars as outlined in the unit of study outline Assessment: Chamber performance workshop (10%), tutorials (40%) and one performance exam as scheduled by division coordinator (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students engage in regular chamber music rehearsals and work towards live performances of the highest standard, learning from their peers as well as expert practitioners. Chamber music repertoire is studied with either a new ensemble or a continuing ensemble. Students are assigned a Principal Tutor who will assist with the selection of appropriate works and coach the group throughout the semester. Musical, technical and communication skills are developed intensively.
ENSE5331 Graduate Chamber Music 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Yeadon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 x 1 hr tutorials and unit specific seminars as outlined in the unit of study outline Prerequisites: ENSE5330 Assessment: Chamber performance workshop (10%), tutorials (40%) and one performance exam as scheduled by division coordinator (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Chamber music and chamber music skills are studied through the focused engagement with specific repertoire selected by relevant groups of musicians performing without a conductor. Students are assigned a Principal Tutor who will advise of appropriate works and coach the group throughout the semester.
MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Christopher Coady Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hr per week seminar or equivalent. Assessment: Assignments include pre-concert talk (10%), annotated bibliography (30%), program notes (30%), class seminar presentations (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students who have already successfully completed a similar unit of study may apply to take another unit of study in place of this one.
This unit is designed to develop skills in music information literacy including the finding, surveying and utilising of published information on music; academic writing and referencing; and critical thinking. The course will include discussion of different approaches to preparation of program notes and pre-concert talks, liner notes for recordings, and concert reviews. Students will design and research an individual musical topic which will form the basis for their written and spoken assignments. The seminars culminate with a series of student presentations on these topics. Students may choose to prepare a research proposal if planning to enrol in Dissertation 1. Students may be referred to other University services for further development of writing and other skills. Such courses would be in addition to this Unit of Study.
PERF5005 Principal Study 1

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Stephanie McCallum Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 13hrs of individual tuition per semester normally spread over 13 weeks, plus attendance, participation and two performances at Performance Seminar or equivalent. Assessment: Teacher assessment (30%), Jury examination(40%); Performance seminar (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
Development of performance related skills including repertoire choice and program building, instrumental technical skills to support nuanced musical communication, collaborative skills, concert presentation and the ability to articulate musical ideas both verbally and for program notes to add to performance presentation.
PERF5622 Principal Study 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Stephanie McCallum Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7hrs of individual tuition/per semester normally spread over 13 weeks, and attendance, participation and two performances at Performance Seminar or equivalent. Prerequisites: PERF5005 Corequisites: PERF5620 Assessment: Teacher assessment (70%), Performance seminar (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Continued development of performance related skills including repertoire choice and program building, instrumental technical skills to support nuanced musical communication, collaborative skills, concert presentation and the ability to articulate musical ideas both verbally and for program notes to add to performance presentation.
PERF5620 Graduate Recital 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Stephanie McCallum Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hrs of individual tuition per semester normally spread over 13 weeks with Principal Study teacher. Corequisites: PERF5622 Assessment: 50 minute public recital (90%) (assessed by a panel) plus program notes (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students requiring staff accompanists for their recital must enrol in CPNO5300 Graduate Recital Preparation 1
Application of performance and related skills to the preparation of a public recital.

Elective units of study

CMPN5006 Recording Portfolio

This unit of study is not available in 2020

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ivan Zavada Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hours class/week Assumed knowledge: Students enrolling in this unit of study are expected to be familiar with basic music technology, including portable recording and computers. Assessment: Portfolio proposal (10%), Short class presentation and progress report (30%), Recording portfolio (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides a practical overview of the sound recording process. Aspects of creative production are examined alongside project planning, management and the professional delivery of master recordings to professional standards. Students will gain insight into the recording process through practical recording projects taking advantage of the concert venues and studios and will integrate into the existing musical activities that occur at the Conservatorium
CMPN5012 Graduate Composer Performer Workshop

This unit of study is not available in 2020

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Michael Smetanin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr workshop/week Assessment: 1 x 3.5-4min presentation (70%), participation and scores (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Graduate Composer Performer Workshop provides both composers and performers with the opportunity to work together in the performance and development of new and experimental works each semester.
CMPN5114 Graduate Vocal Composition Workshop

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Stanhope Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture/seminar per fortnight, 1 x 8hr workshop in special projects week only Prohibitions: CMPN1010 Assessment: 1 x major composition work to the equivalent of 2500wds (40%), 2 x minor composition works to the equivalent of 1250wds (20%), overall class contributions (15%), 1 x 1500wd essay (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Vocal ensembles and choirs have become an important part of Australian musical fabric, from community-based groups through to professional a cappella ensembles. This seminar aims to provide necessary skills and experiences in composing for groups of voices in an experiential learning environment. Students workshop their compositions in class, gain experience in text-setting, experiment in extended techniques. Classes focus on the literary nature of the form and analyse relevant historical examples and techniques from a diverse range of styles. Students will be able to take these skills developed in this course into future professional situations as both composers and performers.
EMUS5600 Historical Performance Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr/week Prerequisites: MCGY5610 Assessment: Attendance and class participation (20%), Short class presentation (20%), Lecture/Demonstration (40%), Written work (based on Lecture/Demonstration-3,000 words) (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course examines historical performing practices up to the present day aiming to widen understanding of the extent to which musical notation and written evidence preserve the performing practices of past eras. The wealth of sound recordings from the turn of the twentieth century provides a window into the near past. Issues to explore include: sound production (vibrato, non-vibrato and portamento in the case of string and wind playing and singing), expressive keyboard techniques (manual asynchrony and arpeggiation), and more general issues such as tempo rubato, tempo modification, ornamentation, articulation, and phrasing. The course will introduce students to varying performance styles, some of which are no longer generally in fashion, increasing the palette of musical choices and solutions and increasing the dimensions of understanding of specific repertoire.
MCGY5600 Critical Discourses in Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Larkin Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar/week Assumed knowledge: Because of the difficulty of the material, fluency in written and spoken English is required, and general familiarity with academic discourse about Western Art Music will be assumed. Assessment: 8 x summaries of readings (40%), 2 x critical evaluations of readings (20%), 1 x research essay (40%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores some of the most important theories on music and culture. It will introduce students to scholarly discourses and critical thinking potentially relevant to their own research. It will address questions such as what are we doing when we analyse music; how does our view of history shape our hearing and understanding; does music articulate collective human experience; etc. Topics covered include historiography, memory, musical analysis, semiotics, narrative theory, gender and sexuality, national identity, genre theory and hermeneutics.
MCGY5601 Music Through Ethnography

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 x 2hrs per week Assessment: Written reports (30%); music transcriptions (10%); Analyses (15%); ethnographic interview (15%); Short field recording (10%); summary reflection/projection (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
As an analytical method, ethnography concentrates on the experience of life as it is lived. Following the development of the fieldwork-based discipline of ethnomusicology, ethnographic approaches to music have come to examine: historical and archival data, objects and artefacts in collections, cyber networks, digital communications, and medical and therapeutic understandings of sound, among other aspects of everyday life. This unit of study engages ethnographic methodologies to examine the myriad ways music informs and enriches people's lives and contributes to defining how humans flourish in their natural, social and cultural environments.
MCGY5604 Researching Creative Process

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Christopher Coady Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar per week Assessment: Tutorial Participation/Demonstrated Knowledge of Required Reading (20%); Seminar Presentations (30%); Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims to provide students with an overview of the intellectual and methodological trends underpinning artistic research in music - a field composed of both practice-based and practice-led research projects. Participating in this course will enable students to participate productively in artistic research by increasing their familiarity with current debates surrounding research integrity, the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches and the narrative strategies artists employ in order to demonstrate research significance to a spectrum of stakeholders.
PERF5603 Wind Conducting

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Dr John Lynch Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3 hr lecture per wk Assessment: Participation (20%); Short Assignments (20%); Semester projects (20%); Mid-semester exam (20%); Final presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for professional conductors, postgraduate conducting majors and other postgraduates with conducting experience, and undergraduates who have successfully completed the undergraduate sequence. Topics will include expressive gesture, advanced conducting technique, body awareness and movement; advanced score study, analytical and aural skills, wind band repertoire; rehearsal techniques and strategies; wind band history and current topics of interest for conductors/musicians.
PERF5610 Arts and Creative Industries Placement

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3 x 1hr seminar/semester Assessment: 1 x portfolio to the equivalent of 4000wds (50%), 1 x portfolio presentation (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The postgraduate Arts and Creative Industries Placment allows students to undertake a professional practice internship placement (including regional conservatoriums) within a music focused creative industry context. Students preparing for a career in composition, performance, arts administration, music education, historical studies etc. are afforded the opportunity to apply their advanced musical knowledge to the broader creative industries music community. They will undertake a specially designed internship placement (designed by themselves or the host) in an arts based organisation and/or 'buddy' Pulley program in one or more of the seventeen NSW regional Conservatoriums with the purpose of extending their current professional practice. The goal of the unit is for students to extend their knowledge of the arts and creative industries sector combined with a knowledge and understanding of WiL through the internship placement. Students will extend their collaborative skills and techniques for working in a teamwork setting using knowledge and skills learnt as graduates.
PERF5611 Graduate Seminar 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kathleen Nelson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent Assessment: Essay and seminar presentation or equivalent (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is a special purpose elective.
PERF5612 Graduate Seminar 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Kathleen Nelson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hour seminar/week or equivalent. Assessment: Essay and seminar presentation or equivalent (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is a special purpose elective.
PERF6613 Graduate Seminar 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kathleen Nelson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hour seminar/week or equivalent. Assessment: Essay and seminar presentation or equivalent (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is a special purpose elective. Note that some research areas may have particular requirements or recommendations for choice of seminars.
PERF6614 Graduate Seminar 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kathleen Nelson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hour seminar/week or equivalent. Assessment: Essay and seminar presentation or equivaalent (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is a special purpose elective.