Performance Core Units

Subject tables

The following list of units of study make up the core requirements (apart from Principal Study) for all the undergraduate programs. Many of these units of study can also be taken as electives.

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

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
3    P 48 junior credit points
N ENSE1005
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHMB1302
Chamber Music 2
3    P CHMB1301
N ENSE1007
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHMB2303
Chamber Music 3
3    P ENSE1007 or CHMB1302
N ENSE2002
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHMB2304
Chamber Music 4 (CPW)
3      Semester 1
Semester 2

Composer Performer Workshop

CMPN3000
Composer Performer Workshop 1
3      Semester 1
Semester 2
CMPN3001
Composer Performer Workshop 2
3    P CMPN3000
Semester 1
Semester 2
CMPN4000
Composer Performer Workshop 3
3    P CMPN3001
Semester 1
Semester 2
CMPN4001
Composer Performer Workshop 4
3    P CMPN4000
Semester 1
Semester 2

Continuo

EMUS1671
Continuo 1
3      Semester 1
Semester 2
EMUS1672
Continuo 2
3    P EMUS1671


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.
Semester 1
Semester 2
EMUS2673
Continuo 3
3    P EMUS1672


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.
Semester 1
Semester 2
EMUS2674
Continuo 4
3    P EMUS2673


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.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Jazz Ensemble

JAZZ1611
Jazz Ensemble 1
6    C JAZZ1601


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.
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ1612
Jazz Ensemble 2
6    P JAZZ1611
C JAZZ1602
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ2613
Jazz Ensemble 3
6    P JAZZ1612
C JAZZ2603
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ2614
Jazz Ensemble 4
6    P JAZZ2613
C JAZZ2604
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ3615
Jazz Ensemble 5
6    P JAZZ2614
C JAZZ3605 or JAZZ3205
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ3616
Jazz Ensemble 6
6    P JAZZ3615
C JAZZ3606 or JAZZ3206
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ4617
Jazz Ensemble 7
6    P JAZZ3616
C JAZZ4207
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ4618
Jazz Ensemble 8
6    P JAZZ4617
C JAZZ4208
Semester 1
Semester 2

Jazz Improvisation

JAZZ1006
Jazz Improvisation 1
3    C JAZZ1601
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ1007
Jazz Improvisation 2
3    P JAZZ1006
C JAZZ1602
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ2006
Jazz Improvisation 3
3    P JAZZ1007
C JAZZ2603
Semester 1
Semester 2
JAZZ2007
Jazz Improvisation 4
3    P JAZZ2006
C JAZZ2604
Semester 1
Semester 2

Vocal Diction

VSAO1008
Italian Diction for Singers 1
3      Semester 1
VSAO1009
German Diction for Singers 1
3      Semester 2
VSAO2028
French and Italian Diction for Singers 2
3    P VSAO1009 and VSAO1008
Semester 1
VSAO2029
German Diction for Singers 2
3    P VSAO1008 and VSAO1009
Semester 2
VSAO3645
Diction for Performance 1
3    P VSAO2028 and VSAO2029
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO3646
Diction for Performance 2
3    P VSAO3645
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO4647
Diction for Performance 3
3    P VSAO3646
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO4648
Diction for Performance 4
3    P VSAO4647
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO2624
Opera Diction 4

This unit of study is not available in2015

6    P VSAO2623
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO3625
Opera Diction 5

This unit of study is not available in2015

6    P VSAO2624
Semester 1
VSAO3626
Opera Diction 6

This unit of study is not available in2015

6    P VSAO3625
Semester 1
Semester 2

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
6    C WIND1611 or WIND1621 or STRG1601 or WIND1631 or BRSS1601 or STRG1621 or WIND1641 or PRCN1601 or BRSS1611 or BRSS1621 or BRSS1631 or STRG1641 or STRG1661 or STRG1671.


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 1 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE1619
Orchestral Studies 2
6    P ENSE1618
C WIND1612 or WIND1622 or STRG1602 or WIND1632 or BRSS1602 or STRG1622 or WIND1642 or PRCN1602 or BRSS1612 or BRSS1622 or BRSS1632 or STRG1642 or STRG1662 or STRG1672


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 2 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE2005
Orchestral Studies 3
6    P ENSE1619
C WIND2713 or WIND2723 or WIND2733 or WIND2743 or STRG2703 or STRG2723 or STRG2743 or STRG2763 or STRG2773 or BRSS2703 or BRSS2713 or BRSS2723 or BRSS2733 or PRCN2703 or WIND2613 or WIND2623 or STRG2603 or WIND2633 or BRSS2603 or STRG2623 or WIND2643 or PRCN2603 or BRSS2613 or BRSS2623 or BRSS2633 or STRG2643 or STRG2663 or STRG2673


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 3 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE2016
Orchestral Studies 4
6    P ENSE2005
C BRSS2604, BRSS2614, BRSS2624, BRSS2634, BRSS2704, BRSS2714, BRSS2724, BRSS2734, PRCN2604, Co-requisites: One unti of study from the following collection: (PRCN2704, STRG2604, STRG2624, STRG2644, STRG2664, STRG2674, STRG2704, STRG2724, STRG2744, STRG2764, STRG2774, WIND2614, WIND2624, WIND2634, WIND2644, WIND2714, WIND2724, WIND2734, WIND2744


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 4 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE3017
Orchestral Studies 5
6    P ENSE2016
C WIND3215 or WIND3225 or WIND3235 or WIND3245 or STRG3205 or STRG3225 or STRG3245 or STRG3275 or BRSS3205 or BRSS3215 or BRSS3225 or BRSS3235 or PRCN3205 or WIND3615 or WIND3625 or STRG3605 or WIND3635 or BRSS3605 or STRG3625 or WIND3645 or PRCN3605 or BRSS3615 or BRSS3625 or BRSS3635 or STRG3645 or STRG3665 or STRG3675


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 5 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE3018
Orchestral Studies 6
6    P ENSE3017
C WIND3216 or WIND3226 or WIND3236 or WIND3246 or STRG3206 or STRG3226 or STRG3246 or STRG2366 or STRG3276 or BRSS3206 or BRSS3216 or BRSS3226 or BRSS3236 or PRCN3206 or WIND3616 or WIND3626 or STRG3606 or WIND3636 or BRSS3606 or STRG3626 or WIND3646 or PRCN3606 or BRSS3616 or BRSS3626 or BRSS3636 or STRG3646 or STRG3666 or STRG3676


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 6 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE4021
Orchestral Studies 7
6    P ENSE3018
C One unit of study from the following collection: (WIND4227, WIND7237, BRSS4207, STRG4227, WIND4247, PRCN4207, BRSS4217, BRSS4227, BRSS4237, STRG4247, STRG4267, STRG4277)


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 7 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE4022
Orchestral Studies 8
6    P ENSE4021
C WIND4218 or WIND4228 or STRG4208 or WIND4238 or BRSS4208 or STRG4228 or WIND4248 or PRCN4208 or WIND4268 or BRSS4218 or BRSS4228 or BRSS4238 or STRG4248 or STRG4278.


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 8 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Organ Resources

ORGN1008
Organ Resources 1
3    C ORGN1601

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN1009
Organ Resources 2
3    P ORGN1008

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN2008
Organ Resources 3
3    P ORGN1009

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN2009
Organ Resources 4
3    P ORGN2008

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN3008
Organ Resources 5
3    P ORGN2009

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN3003
Organ Resources 6
3    P ORGN3008

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN4009
Organ Resources 7
3    P ORGN3003

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN4010
Organ Resources 8
3    P ORGN4009
Semester 1
Semester 2

Vocal Performance Class

VSAO1017
Vocal Performance Class 1
3   

Students enrolled in Principal Study (Extended) units may not concurrently enrol in unit specific performance classes.
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO1018
Vocal Performance Class 2
3    P VSAO1017


Students enrolled in Principal Study (Extended) units may not concurrently enrol in unit specific performance classes.
Semester 1
Semester 2