Research units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Research

Master of Music

The Master of Music is offered in Composition, Music Education, Musicology and Performance
Composition and Performance Core Units of study
MCGY5111
Creative Work Seminar 1
6    A Students enrolling in this unit of study are expected to have developed musical and technical skills to be able to present creative works pertinent to their research. Students should have received research training commensurate with an undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent.
Semester 1
MCGY5112
Creative Work Seminar 2
6    A Students enrolling in this unit of study are expected to have developed musical and technical skills to be able to present creative works pertinent to their research.
P MCGY5111
Semester 1

Doctor of Musical Arts

Students complete 36 credit points of research units of study
Core units of study
PERF5601
Creative Work Project 1
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
PERF5602
Creative Work Project 2
12    P PERF5601
Semester 1
Semester 2

Electives

Research Training electives

MCGY5600
Critical Discourses in Music
6    A 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.
Semester 1
MCGY5601
Music Through Ethnography
6      Semester 1
MCGY5603
Music as Social Science

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
PERF5031
Methods of Music Analysis

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6      Semester 1
PERF5600
Graduate Research Methods
6      Semester 1
Elective units of study
EMUS5600
Historical Performance Practice
6    P MCGY5610
Semester 2
MCGY5600
Critical Discourses in Music
6    A 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.
Semester 1
MCGY5601
Music Through Ethnography
6      Semester 1
MCGY5604
Researching Creative Process
6      Semester 2
PERF5603
Wind Conducting
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
PERF5610
Arts and Creative Industries Placement
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
PERF5611
Graduate Seminar 1
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
PERF5612
Graduate Seminar 2
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
PERF5630
Introduction to Conducting
6    A It is recommended that students have undertaken the Undergrad Conducting elective at SCM, or equivalent audition. Other recommended prior learning includes: advanced proficiency at a musical instrument; prior experience performing in conducted ensembles; some prior experience in conducting, including teachers who conduct student groups; excellent aural skills and score reading skills are mandatory.
Semester 1
PERF6613
Graduate Seminar 3
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
PERF6614
Graduate Seminar 4
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2

Descriptions

Research

Master of Music

The Master of Music is offered in Composition, Music Education, Musicology and Performance
Composition and Performance Core Units of study
MCGY5111 Creative Work Seminar 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1 Assumed knowledge: Students enrolling in this unit of study are expected to have developed musical and technical skills to be able to present creative works pertinent to their research. Students should have received research training commensurate with an undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent. Assessment: 2 x presentations, class participation, 1 x creative work presentation. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit of Study offers students a scaffolded experience that will help them to develop research skills and ability to embed, articulate and demonstrate research through and in the form of a research performance or composition. This would normally be composition or performance-based research output related to the student's overarching research topic. Following the project's development through the semester, the student will present the work undertaken in an appropriate format at the end of semester for formative feedback. Students will attend the weekly multidisciplinary Creative Work Seminar which will provide regular opportunities to present creative work research and to explore and hone presentation skills.
MCGY5112 Creative Work Seminar 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: MCGY5111 Assumed knowledge: Students enrolling in this unit of study are expected to have developed musical and technical skills to be able to present creative works pertinent to their research. Assessment: 2 x presentations, class participation, 1 x creative work presentation. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit of Study offers students a scaffolded experience that will help them to develop research skills and ability to embed, articulate and demonstrate research through and in the form of a research performance or composition. This would normally be composition or performance-based research output related to the student's overarching research topic. Following the project's development through the semester, the student will present the work undertaken in an appropriate format at the end of semester for formative feedback. Students will attend the weekly multidisciplinary Creative Work Seminar which will provide regular opportunities to present creative work research and to explore and hone presentation skills.

Doctor of Musical Arts

Students complete 36 credit points of research units of study
Core units of study
PERF5601 Creative Work Project 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1-hour individual tuition per week and attendance and participation at Performance Seminar or equivalent. Assessment: Performance and conducting: Work-in-progress presentation of 20-30 mins duration with formative feedback about research, presentation and performance/composition skills from the supervisory team and UoS Coordinator; formative feedback for work presented at Postgraduate Creative Research seminar. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students will commence preparation for the research-based projects which culminate during Semester 2. Students work with the guidance of an advisor. Requirements will vary according to the field. For further detail, see the DMA Guidelines.
PERF5602 Creative Work Project 2

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1-hour individual tuition per week and attendance and participation at Performance Seminar or equivalent. Prerequisites: PERF5601 Assessment: Substantial creative work presentation or composition portfolio with accompanying critical notes or equivalent documentation for jury assessment and formative feedback about research, presentation and performance/composition skills; formative feedback for work presented at Postgraduate Creative Research seminar. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students will develop and present a research-based project with the guidance of the advisor. Requirements will vary according to the field. Where appropriate and approved in advance, performance students may work with a staff accompanist; the staff accompanist will be available for 8 hours of rehearsal and for the recital. For further detail, see the DMA Guidelines.

Electives

Research Training electives

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.
MCGY5603 Music as Social Science

This unit of study is not available in 2020

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture per week Assessment: Readings and Class Discussions (20%); Research Method Design and Pilot (20%); Poster Presentation (20%); Written Report (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Empirical research in music performance employs a variety of innovative methods to investigate music teaching, performing and perception. Knowledge of current areas of research and the techniques used to investigate them is relevant to all music researchers. This unit of study will focus on recent social science methods to investigate music practice with an emphasis on musically and pedagogically driven research. Students will be introduced to different types of experimental study designs, methods of data capture, perceptual and acoustic techniques and acquire new skills and knowledge to approach interdisciplinary studies in music performance.
PERF5031 Methods of Music Analysis

This unit of study is not available in 2020

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: David Larkin Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour seminar/week. Assessment: Analysis portfolio (60%), Research essay 2,000 words (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed to introduce students to the current state of music analysis, and to enable them to develop expertise in analytical methodologies relevant to their research interests. A range of analytical approaches to Western Art Music 1700-1945 will be explored in the seminars, including systematic consideration of chromatic harmony; Formenlehre theories and their recent offshoot, 'deformation' theory; pitch-based analysis of (post-tonal music); and narrative and semiotic approaches. The focus of the course will be balanced between theoretical exposition of the principles involved, and practical applications of the various methods to relevant repertoire.
PERF5600 Graduate Research Methods

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hour seminar/week or equivalent Assessment: Assignments include research statement, literature review, seminar/poster presentation and, written project proposal (or other written task agreed with lecturer) (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course is designed to prepare students for undertaking their own research projects in music. It will introduce and develop students' awareness of recent musical scholarship and research methodologies and equip students with skills to design and conduct research across a wide variety of musical topics. Students will begin exploration of the topic area that is the intended focus for their research during their degree. Students will situate their performance/composition research in the current field and present their research proposals to students and staff for discussion.
Elective units of study
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.
PERF5630 Introduction to Conducting

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 3 hr lecture and practical sessions/week Assumed knowledge: It is recommended that students have undertaken the Undergrad Conducting elective at SCM, or equivalent audition. Other recommended prior learning includes: advanced proficiency at a musical instrument; prior experience performing in conducted ensembles; some prior experience in conducting, including teachers who conduct student groups; excellent aural skills and score reading skills are mandatory. Assessment: participation (10%), 1 x group presentation (30%), 1 x practical exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit of study provides a grounding and background in history, analysis and technical skills in coducting. It provides the essential building blocks for the study and technical development of conducting and will help set a student on a path of enquiry that can continue and further develop according to the student's own aspirations.
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.