The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course extends fundamental music studies for students in their primary musical practices (instrumental or vocal training, composition, songwriting, creative production, music research and writing). A diverse range of repertoire can be studied such as classical, contemporary commercial, popular, jazz and world music. This course offers the opportunity for the intensive development of a range of technical and creative aspects in a variety of learning contexts.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI1202. Students who have successfully completed MUSI1202 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1302.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Competently implement fundamentals of technique applicable to the chosen practice. This will include one or more of include the following: a competent understanding of production standards, a control of compositional language, physiological training for instrumental or vocal study and a creative use of media.

2. Competently implement an expression and interpretation as appropriate to their chosen practice, e.g. improvisation, analytical and creative approaches to composition and performance and/or innovative use of technology.

3. Competently understand the student's practice/work routine and evidence of its implementation.

4. Develop confidence in presenting work, including preparation, readiness, managing anxiety and engaging with music-makers, audiences and other collaborators.

5. Continue to develop an understanding of critical thinking and discernment in the student's work.


The syllabi for this course (for each area of specialisation) have been designed to provide the student with a structured yet flexible framework within which to develop their skills. Requirements will vary depending on the major strand studied.  Students will receive individual and/or group classes and technical classes as appropriate to their chosen practice.


To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed MUSI1301 and be active in program code 40045, 40048 or 40120. If you have successfully completed MUSI1202 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Project: Project

Practical Demonstration: Technical Skills and Tasks

Portfolio: Reflective *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 6