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      Semester 1
Semester 2
CHMB1302
Chamber Music 2
3    P CHMB1301
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHMB2303
Chamber Music 3
3    P ENSE1007 or CHMB1302
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHMB2304
Chamber Music 4 (CPW)
3    P ENSE2002 or CHMB2303
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    A Standard 17th - and 18th century repertoire and harmony.
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

Opera Ensemble

VSAO2048
Opera Ensemble 4
3    P VSAO2047
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO3047
Opera Ensemble 5
3    P VSAO2048
Semester 1
VSAO3048
Opera Ensemble 6
3    P VSAO3047
Semester 1
Semester 2

Opera Movement & Production

VSAO2634
Movement and Production 4
6    P VSAO2633
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO3635
Movement and Production 5
6    P VSAO2634
Semester 1
VSAO3636
Movement and Production 6
6    P VSAO3635
Semester 1
Semester 2

Opera Repertoire

VSAO3012
Opera Repertoire 4
3    P VSAO2015
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO3313
Opera Repertoire 5
3    P VSAO3012
Semester 1
VSAO3314
Opera Repertoire 6
3    P VSAO3313
Semester 1
Semester 2

Opera and 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
6    P VSAO2623
Semester 1
Semester 2
VSAO3625
Opera Diction 5
6    P VSAO2624
Semester 1
VSAO3626
Opera Diction 6
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   

Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 1 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE1619
Orchestral Studies 2
6    P ENSE1618


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 2 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE2005
Orchestral Studies 3
6    P ENSE1619


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 3 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE2016
Orchestral Studies 4
6    P ENSE2005


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 4 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE3017
Orchestral Studies 5
6    P ENSE2016


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 5 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE3018
Orchestral Studies 6
6    P ENSE3017


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 6 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE4021
Orchestral Studies 7
6    P ENSE3018


Concurrent enrolment in Principal Study 7 in an appropriate orchestral instrument.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENSE4022
Orchestral Studies 8
6    P ENSE4021


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

Organ Resources

ORGN1008
Organ Resources 1
3   
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2,

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN1009
Organ Resources 2
3    P ORGN1008

Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1,

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN2008
Organ Resources 3
3    P ORGN1009 Organ Resources 2

Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2,

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN2009
Organ Resources 4
3    P ORGN2008

Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1,

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN3008
Organ Resources 5
3    P ORGN2009

Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2,

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN3003
Organ Resources 6
3    P ORGN3008

Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1,

Semester 1
Semester 2
ORGN4009
Organ Resources 7
3    P ORGN3003

Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2,

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