Recital Examination Information for Postgraduate Students

Recital Dates

Refer to the SCM Calendar:

Recitals constitute the main exam for performance students. Students must be available throughout the examination month and must attend at the scheduled time. Deferment can only be sought for illness or misadventure.

Important Information About Recitals

Students should discuss their recital programs with their teacher and Chair of Unit at the beginning of the examination semester or in the semester prior to the examination. It is the student's responsibility to discuss suitable repertoire and performance requirements with teachers to avoid inappropriate choices and problems with the availability of associate artists/accompanists.

Recital programs must be submitted for formal approval by the Chair of Unit by the conclusion of week 9 of the recital semester. Recital programs must include the duration of all works. Once approved, students should prepare a printed program ready for distribution at the recital.

Recitals must keep within the time allotted. Recitals that run overtime will be stopped so that the next performer will not be disadvantaged by a late start. Recitals that have technical difficulties that will take longer than 5 mins to rectify will be postponed and undertaken at the conclusion of the recital day.

Recital examinations will be automatically recorded for archival and quality assurance purposes. Should a student need to access their recording for any reason they should fill in the ‘Request to Access Recital Recording’ form available from student administration. The recording cannot be uploaded onto any file sharing device.

Candidates for public recital examinations are assessed against the following criteria:

  • The performance, as a whole, displayed instrumental or vocal control appropriate to the level of examination
  • The performance was accurate with respect to rhythm, pitch, articulation and dynamics
  • The performance (where appropriate) was a faithful reading and/or memorisation of the composer's text
  • The performance displayed musically effective production, projection and variation of tone
  • The candidate communicated well with other players, demonstrating good listening and ensemble skills, and leadership (where appropriate)
  • The performance communicated an understanding of expressive, stylistic, musical and structural issues
  • The performance displayed musical creativity, artistic individuality and effective audience communication

Candidates for the Doctor of Musical Arts final recital are assessed against the following criteria:

  • The recital demonstrates an autonomous professional level of musical, technical and presentation skills and the ability to engage and involve an audience.
  • The recital and accompanying notes demonstrate a professional level of ability to inform listeners and provide original musical insights.
  • The recital demonstrates musical individuality and personal projection.
  • The recital demonstrates curatorial skills in selecting and presenting a program showing deep musical reflection.
  • Performance flair indicative of professional soloist standard.