Performance Core Units

Subject details

The following is ordered alphabetically by area, and contains the non-principal study core units of study for all undergraduate degrees and diplomas. Many of these core units of study can also be taken as electives.

Performance including Chamber Music and Ensembles

Chamber Music

All students are required to attend the course meeting at the start of each semester and then sign up for chamber music groups through the Chamber Music sign-up site at http://webapps.ucc.usyd.edu.au/conservatorium/index.php. Students will receive assistance and approval from unit Chamber Music Coordinators to find groups. Students must complete a minimum of four compulsory semesters of chamber music, but may complete up to eight semesters in chamber music (with unit permission). Piano students take the alternative Accompaniment units in their first two years. Students from the Vocal Unit may enrol in Choral Ensemble in lieu of Chamber Music for a maximum of two semesters. Each student also completes one semester of Composer Performer Workshop in Chamber Music 4 either as an individual or as a group. This counts as one of the compulsory four semesters of chamber music required of all Bachelor of Music and Diploma students. Chamber Music in this context is defined as a group of 3-10 musicians, performing without a conductor. In rare circumstances large or complicated works of chamber music may be conducted by a tutor or conductor nominated by the Chair of Conducting. Combinations outside these guidelines will only be acceptable under certain conditions. In accordance with this definition, participation in other larger ensembles within the Conservatorium will not be regarded as an acceptable alternative to Chamber Music. Students are assigned a Principal Tutor who will advise of appropriate works for each level and coach the ensemble through the semester. Each group is required to attend six 1-hour tutorials per semester and unit seminars as indicated in the course handout. Groups must be available to rehearse and have tutorials on Monday mornings between 9-11am and be available for their performance exam in Special Project Week.
CHMB1301 Chamber Music 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Barnes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Six 1 hr tutorials and unit specific seminars as outlined in course handout. Assessment: Tutorials (50%), one performance exam as rostered by unit coordinator (50%).
Chamber music and chamber music skills are studied through the focused engagement with specific repertoire. Students are assigned a Principal Tutor who will advise of appropriate works for each level and coach the ensemble through the semester.
CHMB1302 Chamber Music 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Barnes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Six 1 hr tutorials and unit specific seminars as outlined in course handout. Prerequisites: CHMB1301 Assessment: Tutorials (50%), one performance exam as rostered by unit coordinator (50%).
New chamber music repertoire is studied either with another ensemble or with a continuing ensemble. The development of new musical relationships or the evolution of pre-existing ones are amongst the various matters considered and evaluated during this semester.
CHMB2303 Chamber Music 3

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Barnes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Six 1 hr tutorials and unit specific seminars as outlined in course handout. Prerequisites: ENSE1007 or CHMB1302 Assessment: Tutorials (50%), one performance exam as rostered by unit coordinator (50%).
Chamber music training this semester involves numerous further key skills. The essential entrepreneurial ability to produce and promote concerts is a natural extension of working in a chamber music group and creating a niche in the marketplace. Concert and tour opportunities may assist in this process.
CHMB2304 Chamber Music 4 (CPW)

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Michael Smetanin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hour workshop/week Prerequisites: ENSE2002 or CHMB2303 Assessment: Professional approach in workshops (60%), Performance at the CPW concerts (40%)
This semester will mark the end of chamber music studies for some students. The achievement of a high standard of professional preparation, rehearsal and performance will be expected and progress will be evaluated. Students will participate in Composer Performer Workshop either as an individual or as a group. The Composer Performer Workshop provides both composers and performers with the opportunity to work together in the performance of new and experimental works.

Composer Performer Workshop

CMPN3000 Composer Performer Workshop 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Smetanin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Assessment: For all students: professional approach in workshops (60%). For composers only: CPW concert attendance, submission of program notes and 2 copies of each score to be played, concert management duties such as stage managing and preparation of programs and publicity (40%). For performers only: performance at the CPW concert(s) and instrumental presentation (40%).
The Composer Performer Workshop provides both composers and performers with the opportunity to work together in the performance of new and experimental works.
CMPN3001 Composer Performer Workshop 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Smetanin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Prerequisites: CMPN3000 Assessment: For all students: professional approach in workshops (60%). For composers only: CPW concert attendance, submission of program notes and 2 copies of each score to be played, concert management duties such as stage managing and preparation of programs and publicity (40%). For performers only: performance at the CPW concert(s) and instrument presentation (40%).
The Composer Performer Workshop provides both composers and performers with the opportunity to work together in the performance of new and experimental works.
CMPN4000 Composer Performer Workshop 3

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Smetanin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Prerequisites: CMPN3001 Assessment: For all students: professional approach in workshops (60%). For composers only: CPW concert attendance, submission of program notes and 2 copies of each score to be played, concert management duties such as stage managing and preparation of programs and publicity (40%). For performers only: performance at the CPW concert(s) and instrument presentation (40%).
The Composer Performer Workshop provides both composers and performers with the opportunity to work together in the performance of new and experimental works.
CMPN4001 Composer Performer Workshop 4

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Smetanin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Prerequisites: CMPN4000 Assessment: For all students: professional approach in workshops (60%). For composers only: CPW concert attendance, submission of program notes and 2 copies of each score to be played, concert management duties such as stage managing and preparation of programs and publicity (40%). For performers only: performance at the CPW concert(s) and instrument presentation (40%).
The Composer Performer Workshop provides both composers and performers with the opportunity to work together in the performance of new and experimental works.

Continuo

EMUS1671 Continuo 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr class/week Assumed knowledge: Standard 17th - and 18th century repertoire and harmony. Assessment: 1 class presentation or performance and 1 written assignment 2000 words (100%)
In this Unit of Study students will acquire essential foundations for successful and artistic basso continuo realisation. The Unit is aimed at harpsichordists, lutenists, baroque cellists, viola da gambists and harpists, but will also be of great benefit to melody-line instrumentalists and singers. The Unit will include intensive study and application of figured bass principles, improvisation, ornamentation, score reading, harmonic hierarchy and its implications, and general principles of bass-line playing in relevant chamber and orchestral repertoire. Historical and stylistic awareness through research of relevant pedagogical texts, discussion and application will be a strong and on-going focus.
EMUS1672 Continuo 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr class/week Prerequisites: EMUS1671 Assessment: 1 class presentation or performance and 1 written assignment 2000 words (100%)
Note: It is strongly advised that all bass continuo instrumentalists (harpsichordists, organists, fortepianists, lutenists, harpists and so on) take this Unit of Study with Principal Study 2.
In this Unit of Study students will further develop skills for successful and artistic basso continuo realisation, through application of figured bass principles, improvisation, ornamentation, score reading, harmonic hierarchy and its implications, and general principles of bass-line playing in relevant chamber and orchestral repertoire. Historical and stylistic awareness through research of relevant pedagogical texts, discussion and application will be a strong and on-going focus.
EMUS2673 Continuo 3

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr class/week Prerequisites: EMUS1672 Assessment: 1 class presentation or performance and 1 written assignment 2000 words (100%)
Note: It is strongly advised that all bass continuo instrumentalists (harpsichordists, organists, fortepianists, lutenists, harpists and so on) take this Unit of Study with Principal Study 5.
In this Unit of Study students will become musically and technically proficient in basso continuo realisation through intensive study and application of figured bass principles, improvisation, ornamentation, score reading, harmonic hierarchy and its implications, and general principles of bass-line playing in relevant chamber and orchestral repertoire. Historical and stylistic awareness through research of relevant pedagogical texts, discussion and application will be a strong and on-going focus.
EMUS2674 Continuo 4

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr class/week Prerequisites: EMUS2673 Assessment: 1 class presentation or performance and 1 written assignment 2000 words (100%)
Note: It is strongly advised that all bass continuo instrumentalists (harpsichordists, organists, fortepianists, lutenists, harpists and so on) take this Unit of Study with Principal Study 6.
In this Unit of Study students will gain mastery of basso continuo realisation through intensive study and application of figured bass principles, improvisation, ornamentation, score reading, harmonic hierarchy and its implications, and general principles of bass-line playing in relevant chamber and orchestral repertoire. Historical and stylistic awareness through research of relevant pedagogical texts, discussion and application will be a strong and on-going focus.

Jazz Ensemble

JAZZ1611 Jazz Ensemble 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr Jazz Piano class (Non Piano students only); 2 hr Small Ensemble class; 2 hr Elective Jazz Orchestra class OR 3 hr Big Band class/week Corequisites: JAZZ1601 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour, improvisational and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances, and nominated assessment tasks (100%) NB: the student must pass all three elements of this Unit in order to proceed to subsequent units of study.
Note: Jazz students must attend the Large Ensemble auditions for placement in one of the large ensembles; Non-jazz students can apply to the Chair of Jazz Unit to audition for entry to either the Large or Small Jazz Ensemble 1-8 electives.
This unit of study provides jazz students with the opportunities for performance of large ensemble arrangements in a Big Band, small jazz ensemble works and arrangements including original works by the students themselves in a nominated small jazz ensemble, and participation in Jazz Piano class.
JAZZ1612 Jazz Ensemble 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hr Jazz Piano class (Non Piano students only); 2 hr Small Ensemble class; 2 hr Elective Jazz Orchestra class OR 3 hr Big Band class Prerequisites: JAZZ1611 Corequisites: JAZZ1602 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour, improvisational and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances, and nominated assessment tasks (100%) NB: the student must pass all three elements of this Unit in order to proceed to subsequent units of study.
This unit of study provides the jazz student with the opportunities for performance of large ensemble arrangements in a Big Band, small ensemble works and arrangements including original works by the students themselves in a nominated jazz ensemble, and participation in Jazz Piano class.
JAZZ2613 Jazz Ensemble 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr Small Ensemble class (3 Hrs for advanced ensemble); 2 hr Elective Jazz Orchestra class, or 3 Hr Big Band Class Prerequisites: JAZZ1612 Corequisites: JAZZ2603 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour, improvisational and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances, and nominated assessment tasks (100%) NB: the student must pass all three elements of this Unit in order to proceed to subsequent units of study.
This unit of study provides the jazz student with the opportunities for performance of large ensemble arrangements in the Elective Jazz Orchestra, or Big Band, and performance of small ensemble works and arrangements including original works by the students themselves in a nominated jazz ensemble, or Advanced Ensemble.
JAZZ2614 Jazz Ensemble 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr Small Ensemble class or (3 Hrs for advanced ensemble); 2 hr Elective Jazz Orchestra class, or 3 Hr Big Band Class Prerequisites: JAZZ2613 Corequisites: JAZZ2604 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour, improvisational and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances, and nominated assessment tasks (100%) NB: the student must pass all three elements of this Unit in order to proceed to subsequent units of study.
This unit of study provides the jazz student with opportunities for performance of large ensemble arrangements in the Elective Jazz Orchestra, or Big Band, and performance of small ensemble works and arrangements including original works by the students themselves in a nominated jazz ensemble, or Advanced Ensemble.
JAZZ3615 Jazz Ensemble 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr Small Ensemble class or (3 Hrs for advanced ensemble); 2 hr Elective Jazz Orchestra class, or 3 Hr Big Band Class Prerequisites: JAZZ2614 Corequisites: JAZZ3605 or JAZZ3205 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour, improvisational and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances, and nominated assessment tasks (100%) NB: the student must pass all elements of this Unit in order to proceed to subsequent units of study.
This unit of study provides the jazz student with opportunities for performance of large ensemble arrangements in the Elective Jazz Orchestra, or Big Band, and performance of small ensemble works and arrangements including original works by the students themselves in a nominated jazz ensemble, or Advanced Ensemble.
JAZZ3616 Jazz Ensemble 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr Small Ensemble class or (3 Hrs for advanced ensemble); 2 hr Elective Jazz Orchestra class, or 3 Hr Big Band Class Prerequisites: JAZZ3615 Corequisites: JAZZ3606 or JAZZ3206 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour, improvisational and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances, and nominated assessment tasks (100%) NB: the student must pass all elements of this Unit in order to proceed to subsequent units of study.
This unit of study provides the jazz student with opportunities for performance of large ensemble arrangements in the Elective Jazz Orchestra, or Big Band, and performance of small ensemble works and arrangements including original works by the students themselves in a nominated jazz ensemble, or Advanced Ensemble.
JAZZ4617 Jazz Ensemble 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr Small Ensemble class or (3 Hrs for advanced ensemble); 2 hr Elective Jazz Orchestra class, or 3 Hr Big Band Class Prerequisites: JAZZ3616 Corequisites: JAZZ4207 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour, improvisational and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances, and nominated assessment tasks (100%) NB: the student must pass all elements of this Unit in order to proceed to subsequent units of study.
This unit of study provides the jazz student with opportunities for performance of large ensemble arrangements in the Elective Jazz Orchestra, or Big Band, and performance of small ensemble works and arrangements including original works by the students themselves in a nominated jazz ensemble, or Advanced Ensemble.
JAZZ4618 Jazz Ensemble 8

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr Small Ensemble class or (3 Hrs for advanced ensemble); 2 hr Elective Jazz Orchestra class, or 3 Hr Big Band Class Prerequisites: JAZZ4617 Corequisites: JAZZ4208 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour, improvisational and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances, and nominated assessment tasks (100%) NB: the student must pass all elements of this Unit.
This unit of study provides the jazz student with opportunities for performance of large ensemble arrangements in the Elective Jazz Orchestra, or Big Band, and performance of small ensemble works and arrangements including original works by the students themselves in a nominated jazz ensemble, or Advanced Ensemble.

Jazz Improvisation

JAZZ1006 Jazz Improvisation 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr tut/wk Corequisites: JAZZ1601 Assessment: 3 class tests (60%), attendance and participation (40%)
This 2 hour combo-sized class meets once per week and will cover improvisation techniques including identification of key centres, selection of appropriate scales and other melodic considerations, rhythmic considerations and accuracy of time and pitch. A list of set repertoire will be provided.
JAZZ1007 Jazz Improvisation 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr tut/wk Prerequisites: JAZZ1006 Corequisites: JAZZ1602 Assessment: 3 class tests (60%), attendance and participation (40%)
This 2 hour combo-sized class meets once per week and will cover improvisation techniques including identification of key centres, selection of appropriate scales and other melodic considerations, rhythmic considerations and accuracy of time and pitch. A list of set repertoire will be provided.
JAZZ2006 Jazz Improvisation 3

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr tut/wk Prerequisites: JAZZ1007 Corequisites: JAZZ2603 Assessment: 3 class tests (60%), attendance and participation (40%)
This 2 hour combo-sized class meets once per week and will cover improvisation techniques including identification of key centres, selection of appropriate scales and other melodic considerations, rhythmic considerations and accuracy of time and pitch. A list of set repertoire will be provided.
JAZZ2007 Jazz Improvisation 4

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Craig Scott Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr tut/wk Prerequisites: JAZZ2006 Corequisites: JAZZ2604 Assessment: 3 class tests (60%), attendance and participation (40%)
This 2 hour combo-sized class meets once per week and will cover improvisation techniques including identification of key centres, selection of appropriate scales and other melodic considerations, rhythmic considerations and accuracy of time and pitch. A list of set repertoire will be provided.

Opera Ensemble

VSAO2048 Opera Ensemble 4

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Prerequisites: VSAO2047 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances (100%)
As experience with a variety of repertoire continues to grow, where appropriate, ensembles from the French and German schools of the mid - late 19th century are gradually introduced. Where circumstances allow, other national school are introduced, such as the Czech and Russian. Emphasis continues upon practical application of skills into repertoire for Conservatorium Opera and public concerts as available.
VSAO3047 Opera Ensemble 5

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Prerequisites: VSAO2048 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances (100%)
Any major areas of the operatic literature requiring ensemble work that have not yet been explored in previous semesters are now introduced. Possible avenues would be twentieth century opera; opera in English; operetta and also certain music theatre works which have a strong operatic affinity (e.g. Kurt Weill, Streetscene).
VSAO3048 Opera Ensemble 6

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr workshop/wk Prerequisites: VSAO3047 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances (100%)
By this time, students would normally have a keen awareness of their own vocal resource and hence a sense of their future repertoire and possible career directions. They are encouraged to study and explore ensemble repertoire that is relevant to their own research. They are encouraged to develop a mature sense of vocal and musical identity and begin to build ensemble repertoire for a future career.

Opera Movement & Production

VSAO2634 Movement and Production 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 hours of classes per week (in production, acting, dance, stagecraft and opera performance class). Prerequisites: VSAO2633 Assessment: Progressive assessment based on class/workshop activities and performance (100%).
This semester will provide students with their first major performance challenge: the extensive rehearsal period for the Mainstage production, combined with normal class activities, will test their stamina and motivation. Stagecraft skills will be refined and new challenges will be confronted with the demands of production. Time management and role preparation will require particular focus. The requirements of specific roles and the increasingly professional expectation of a fully staged production will provide much of the material for discussion and development in class.
VSAO3635 Movement and Production 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan Session: Semester 1 Classes: 7 hours of classes per week (in production, acting, dance, stagecraft and opera performance class). Prerequisites: VSAO2634 Assessment: Progressive assessment based on class/workshop activities and performance (100%).
Students will continue to investigate motivational and physical techniques for the development of character and role and will refine their capability as opera performers. Movement, dance and stagecraft skills will reflect the accumulation of performance experience over the past semesters, and will be reinforced through continued application. While stamina and professional demeanour will be expected, the individual strands of Dance, Acting and Stagecraft will continue to provide support and resources for the demands of production and performance. In these final stages of merging the actor and the singer, skills will be integrated in solo and ensemble work and in realising the performance potential of roles in public performance.
VSAO3636 Movement and Production 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Maree Ryan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 hours of classes per week (in production, acting, dance, stagecraft and opera performance class). Prerequisites: VSAO3635 Assessment: Progressive assessment based on class/workshop activities and performance (100%).
Final-year students are expected to display a professional approach and understanding of the production process and to have the ability to readily apply the techniques developed in past semesters. The requirements of staged performances will continue to provide topics for investigation in class and students will further the experience of learning to address the challenges of rehearsal and performance. On completion of this unit of study students should be collaborative opera performers with the movement, dance, stagecraft, acting skills and professional attitude expected of performers in opera companies of the 21st century.

Opera Repertoire

VSAO3012 Opera Repertoire 4

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr coaching/wk, plus ensemble workshops and rehearsals Prerequisites: VSAO2015 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour and ensemble skills demonstrated during rehearsals and performances (100%)
Students are encouraged to deepen awareness of musical style, and to look for similarities and contrasts across the span of repertoire that they are developing. Attention is also paid to techniques of memorisation and speed learning. Projection of character and singing for a particular acoustic, or space are discussed.
VSAO3313 Opera Repertoire 5

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 hour coaching per week Prerequisites: VSAO3012 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour and ensemble skills demonstrated during coaching, rehearsals and performance (100%).
By now students will have had experience preparing a number of operatic roles, and will have performed several in Conservatorium Opera performances. The will have developed analytic tools for making stylistic decisions about roles over a wide variety of styles, and will be continuing to learn with an awareness of the reality of one day performing on an operatic stage with a conductor and orchestra. Learning and development of repertoire continues with a deeper awareness of these concepts.
VSAO3314 Opera Repertoire 6

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 hour coaching per week Prerequisites: VSAO3313 Assessment: A final grade will be compiled from continual assessment of professional demeanour and ensemble skills demonstrated during coaching, rehearsals and performance (100%).
The student will now be in the final phase of learning how to continue to grow and function as an opera singer, with a full awareness of how to plan and build a career, and a large repertoire of roles with the assistance and guidance of a repertoire coach. During this final semester a list of audition arias may be developed and learned, enabling the student to take practical steps in seeking employment upon graduation.

Opera and Vocal Diction

VSAO1008 Italian Diction for Singers 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr class/wk Assessment: Continuous during semester (40%), oral and written exam (60%)
This unit is designed to introduce the student to the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The student will apply knowledge of the IPA to the pronunciation of all sounds in the Italian language. There will be an emphasis on the practice of drills, IPA transcriptions and performance of Italian songs in class. On completion of this unit students should be able to identify and pronounce all symbols in the IPA for Italian.
VSAO1009 German Diction for Singers 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr class/wk Assessment: Continuous during semester (40%), oral and written exam (60%)
This unit is designed to introduce the student to the basic rules of pronunciation in German lyric diction as represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The student will apply knowledge of the IPA to the pronunciation of all monophthongs, diphthongs and consonants in the German language. There will be an emphasis on the practice of drills, IPA transcriptions and performance of German songs in class. On completion of this unit students should be able to identify and pronounce all symbols in the IPA for German.
VSAO2028 French and Italian Diction for Singers 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr class/wk Prerequisites: VSAO1009 and VSAO1008 Assessment: Continuous during semester (40%), oral and written Oral and written exam (60%)
In this unit, students will gain an understanding of the sounds of French lyric diction as represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The student will apply knowledge of the IPA to the pronunciation of all sounds in the French language. There will be an emphasis on the practice of drills, IPA transcriptions and performance of French songs in class. The student will also build on and revise the principles of Italian diction for singers. On completion of this unit students should be able to perform texts from French and Italian song repertoire with correct technical delivery whilst showing an understanding of the text.
VSAO2029 German Diction for Singers 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr class/wk Prerequisites: VSAO1008 and VSAO1009 Assessment: Continuous during semester (40%), oral and written examination (60%)
In this unit, the student will apply knowledge of the IPA to the pronunciation of all sounds in the German language with concentration specific to the language needs of singers. There will be an emphasis on the practice of drills, IPA transcriptions and performance of German songs in class. On completion of this unit students should be able to perform texts from German song repertoire with correct technical delivery whilst showing an understanding of the text.
VSAO3645 Diction for Performance 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours/week Prerequisites: VSAO2028 and VSAO2029 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks. Continuous assessment (20%), examination (30%), diction recital (50%).
In this unit the students will concentrate on the specialist language needs of the vocal performer, with the objective of students achieving a professional command of diction in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The focus in this unit is producing performance in song repertoire that results from the appreciation of the text-music relationship. On completion of this unit students should be able to demonstrate correct interpretation and delivery of the text.
VSAO3646 Diction for Performance 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours/week Prerequisites: VSAO3645 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks. Continuous assessment (20%), examination (30%), diction recital (50%).
In this unit the students will continue to develop specialist language skills required by singers, with the objective of students achieving a professional command of diction in the main languages of classical song repertoire. The focus in this unit is producing performance in song repertoire that results from a greater appreciation of the text-music relationship. On completion of this unit students should be able to further demonstrate correct delivery and expressive interpretation of the text.
VSAO4647 Diction for Performance 3

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours/week Prerequisites: VSAO3646 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks. Continuous assessment (20%), examination (20%), diction recital (60%). At the end of the semester, students will perform. The objective is to demonstrate their ability to assimilate all knowledge accumulated throughout the course, and to understand the literary text with an emphasis on pronunciation and interpretation.
In this unit the students will refine the specialist language needs of singers, with the objective of students achieving a professional command of diction in all major languages of classical song repertoire. On completion of this unit students should be able to deliver a professional delivery of the text in more demanding repertoire in a fluent, accurate and expressive performance of the sung text.
VSAO4648 Diction for Performance 4

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours/week Prerequisites: VSAO4647 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks. Continuous assessment (20%), examination (20%), diction recital (60%).
In this unit the students will bring together all language skills acquired during the diction program. Their command of diction in a number of languages including English, French, German, Italian and Spanish will be explored with a specific focus on the appreciation of the text-music relationship. On completion of this unit students should be able to exhibit a high level of technical and expressive competence in public performances of professional standard.
VSAO2624 Opera Diction 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hrs Italian, 2 hrs German, 1.5 hrs French/week Prerequisites: VSAO2623 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks: Continuous assessment (20%); examination (40%); diction recital (40%). At the end of the semester, students will perform a recitative and aria or ensemble.The objective is to demonstrate their ability to assimilate all knowledge accumulated throughout the course, and to understand the literary text with an emphasis on pronunciation and interpretation.
In this unit students will further develop their understanding of language specific to the needs of singers in standard classical operatic repertoire. They will focus on more advanced grammatical concepts of language. On completion of this unit students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of not only diction and grammar, but also interpretative skills.
VSAO3625 Opera Diction 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hrs Italian, 1.5 hrs French/week Prerequisites: VSAO2624 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks. Seminar participation (20%), seminar presentation (20%), diction recital (60%): Students will perform a recitative and aria/ensemble. They will demonstrate their ability to assimilate all knowledge accumulated through the course, to understand the literary text with emphasis on pronunciation and interpretation.
In this unit students will refine their interpretative abilities through an awareness of the interaction of the text and music. The operatic libretto will be explored as a means to refining musical interpretation. On completion of this unit students should be able to demonstrate a fine knowledge of language in recitative, arias and ensembles in public performances.
VSAO3626 Opera Diction 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Nicole Dorigo Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hrs Italian, 1.5 hrs French/week Prerequisites: VSAO3625 Assessment: Students are required to pass all assessment tasks. Seminar participation (20%), seminar presentation (20%), diction recital (60%): Students will perform a recitative and aria/ensemble. They will demonstrate their ability to assimilate all knowledge accumulated through the course, to understand the literary text with emphasis on pronunciation and interpretation.
In this unit, students will assimilate all knowledge accumulated throughout the language program to understand the literary text with an accurate and expressive diction and interpretation. On completion of this unit students should be able to perform in all languages covered at a level expected of a professional singer.

Orchestral Studies

The purpose of Orchestral Studies is to develop the entire range of skills which musicians must possess to prepare them to be a member of a professional orchestral ensemble. All students enrolled in Orchestral Studies will participate in at least two performance projects per semester, supported by a development program of weekly instruction in all aspects of orchestral playing. Ensembles in which students may gain Orchestral Studies credit include Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Modern Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. Other projects can sometimes be used to count for Orchestral Studies credit. The objectives of Orchestral Studies are to develop: Teamwork, a thorough knowledge of orchestral style and practice, ensemble intonation, the ability to concentrate and play with commitment, and the ability to work with a conductor and interpret gesture. Assessment is based on all aspects of preparation, participation, and performance in the ensemble. For administrative arrangements contact the Manager, Orchestral and Conducted Ensembles.
ENSE1618 Orchestral Studies 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hours/ week ensemble rehearsal and performance, audition and developmental classes as scheduled by the unit. Assessment: Tutor/conductor assessment based on attendance participation, performance and preparation, (100%). Further details in the Orchestral Studies Handbook.
Note: Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 1 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
In these units of study, through a wide range of repertoire, students will develop the necessary skills for orchestral and ensemble performance, including refining intonation, tone control, working with a conductor, ethics and professional conduct of an orchestral musician.
ENSE1619 Orchestral Studies 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hours/ week ensemble rehearsal and performance, audition and developmental classes as scheduled by the unit. Prerequisites: ENSE1618 Assessment: Tutor/conductor assessment based on attendance participation, performance and preparation, (100%). Further details in the Orchestral Studies Handbook.
Note: Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 2 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
In these units of study, through a wide range of repertoire, students will develop the necessary skills for orchestral and ensemble performance, including refining intonation, tone control, working with a conductor, ethics and professional conduct of an orchestral musician.
ENSE2005 Orchestral Studies 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hours/ week ensemble rehearsal and performance, audition and developmental classes as scheduled by the unit. Prerequisites: ENSE1619 Assessment: Tutor/conductor assessment based on attendance participation, performance and preparation, (100%). Further details in the Orchestral Studies Handbook.
Note: Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 3 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
In these units of study, through a wide range of repertoire, students will develop the necessary skills for orchestral and ensemble performance, including refining intonation, tone control, working with a conductor, ethics and professional conduct of an orchestral musician.
ENSE2016 Orchestral Studies 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hours/ week ensemble rehearsal and performance, audition and developmental classes as scheduled by the unit. Prerequisites: ENSE2005 Assessment: Tutor/conductor assessment based on attendance participation, performance and preparation, (100%). Further details in the Orchestral Studies Handbook.
Note: Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 4 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
In these units of study, through a wide range of repertoire, students will develop the necessary skills for orchestral and ensemble performance, including refining intonation, tone control, working with a conductor, ethics and professional conduct of an orchestral musician.
ENSE3017 Orchestral Studies 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hours/ week ensemble rehearsal and performance, audition and developmental classes as scheduled by the unit. Prerequisites: ENSE2016 Assessment: Tutor/conductor assessment based on attendance participation, performance and preparation, (100%). Further details in the Orchestral Studies Handbook.
Note: Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 5 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
In these units of study, through a wide range of repertoire, students will develop the necessary skills for orchestral and ensemble performance, including refining intonation, tone control, working with a conductor, ethics and professional conduct of an orchestral musician.
ENSE3018 Orchestral Studies 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hours/ week ensemble rehearsal and performance, audition and developmental classes as scheduled by the unit. Prerequisites: ENSE3017 Assessment: Tutor/conductor assessment based on attendance participation, performance and preparation, (100%). Further details in the Orchestral Studies Handbook.
Note: Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 6 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
In these units of study, through a wide range of repertoire, students will further develop the necessary skills for orchestral and ensemble performance, including refining intonation, tone control, working with a conductor, ethics and professional conduct of an orchestral musician.
ENSE4021 Orchestral Studies 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hours/ week ensemble rehearsal and performance, audition and developmental classes as scheduled by the unit. Prerequisites: ENSE3018 Assessment: Tutor/conductor assessment based on attendance participation, performance and preparation, (100%). Further details in the Orchestral Studies Handbook.
Note: Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 7 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
In these units of study, through a wide range of repertoire, students will develop the necessary skills for orchestral and ensemble performance, including refining intonation, tone control, working with a conductor, ethics and professional conduct of an orchestral musician.
ENSE4022 Orchestral Studies 8

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 6 hours/ week ensemble rehearsal and performance, audition and developmental classes as scheduled by the unit. Prerequisites: ENSE4021 Assessment: Tutor/conductor assessment based on attendance participation, performance and preparation, (100%). Further details in the Orchestral Studies Handbook..
Note: Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 8 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
In these units of study, through a wide range of repertoire, students will develop the necessary skills for orchestral and ensemble performance, including refining intonation, tone control, working with a conductor, ethics and professional conduct of an orchestral musician.

Organ Resources

ORGN1008 Organ Resources 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Philip Swanton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr tut/wk Assessment: Essay (2000w) or prac tests (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
The unit will focus on the development of essential practical skills for organists.
ORGN1009 Organ Resources 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Philip Swanton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr tut/wk Prerequisites: ORGN1008 Assessment: Essay (2000w) or prac tests (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
Consolidation of concepts and skills introduced in Organ Resources 1.
ORGN2008 Organ Resources 3

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Philip Swanton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr tut/wk Prerequisites: ORGN1009 Organ Resources 2 Assessment: Essay (2000w) or prac tests (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
The unit will focus on the development of essential practical skills for organists.
ORGN2009 Organ Resources 4

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Philip Swanton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr tut/wk Prerequisites: ORGN2008 Assessment: Essay (2000w) or prac tests (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
Consolidation of concepts and skills introduced in Organ Resources 3.
ORGN3008 Organ Resources 5

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Philip Swanton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr tut/wk Prerequisites: ORGN2009 Assessment: Essay (2000w) or prac tests (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
The unit will focus on the development of essential practical skills for organists.
ORGN3003 Organ Resources 6

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Philip Swanton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr tut/wk Prerequisites: ORGN3008 Assessment: Essay (2000w) or prac tests (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
Consolidation of concepts and skills introduced in Organ Resources 5.
ORGN4009 Organ Resources 7

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Philip Swanton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr tut/wk Prerequisites: ORGN3003 Assessment: Essay (2000w) or prac tests (100%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
The unit will focus on the development of essential practical skills for organists.
ORGN4010 Organ Resources 8

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Philip Swanton Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr tut/wk Prerequisites: ORGN4009 Assessment: Essay (2000w) or prac tests (100%)
Consolidation of concepts and skills introduced in Organ Resources 7.

Vocal Performance Class

VSAO1017 Vocal Performance Class 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Barry Ryan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr tutorial/wk Assessment: 3 performances per semester; class attendance and discussion (100%).
Note: Students enrolled in Principal Study (Extended) units may not concurrently enrol in unit specific performance classes.
Classes in this series of units take the form of weekly workshops where performance skills are developed. The emphasis in this semester is the introduction of basic concert performance skills, posture, breathing and the development of communication skills. On completion of this unit students should be able to demonstrate a growing confidence in performance through reflecting on their own and their peer's work.
VSAO1018 Vocal Performance Class 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Barry Ryan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr tutorial/wk Prerequisites: VSAO1017 Assessment: 3 performances per semester; class attendance and discussion (100%).
Note: Students enrolled in Principal Study (Extended) units may not concurrently enrol in unit specific performance classes.
This semester focuses on discussion between the connection of technique, musical and interpretative skills. Through open and appropriate discussion regarding performance development with peers, by the conclusion of the semester, students will gain necessary insights that will underpin their performance at higher levels.