Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


This course involves fundamental music studies for students in their primary musical practice (which can be an instrument, voice, composition, creative production or music research) in styles and modes of presentation of their choice, which may involve technology. Repertoires from diverse styles can be studied such as classical, contemporary, popular, jazz and world music. The course offers students the opportunity for intensive development of their individual skills with a focus on developing their individual approach to music-making and thinking.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. An integrated and fluent implementation of fundamentals of technique applicable to the chosen practice, genre and style, where appropriate e.g: production standards, control of compositional language, physiological issues and creative use of media.

2. Integrated capacity for 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) and emergence of individual style.

3. Developed understanding of the student's practice/work routine and evidence of its implementation at an increased level of efficiency.

4. Ability to communicate specific ideas and needs to collaborators and/or audiences on a professional level.

5. Self-assurance and positive attitude in presenting work, including the ability to listen and be responsive, plus preparation, readiness, managing anxiety and engaging with music-makers, audiences and other collaborators.

6. High level of understanding of critical thinking and research in their work.


The syllabi for this course (for each instrument, voice, creative production and composition) have been designed to provide the student with a structured yet flexible framework within which to develop their principal study skills. Diversity of styles is encouraged. The course outline and related syllabi contain details of course requirements. Students will be assessed by a list of criteria throughout the semester. These 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.
  • Students will participate in performance practice and/or presentation classes.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts programs. If you have successfully completed MUSI2302 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MUSI2201 Principal Study 3. This course is limited to program enrolment (or by permission of the HOS).

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Technical Work

Written Assignment: Learning Reflections

Presentation: Performance Practice/Presentation

Performance: Final Performance

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 0.75 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Face to Face On Campus .75 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks 45 minutes individual and/or group lesson - please arrange time/day with tutor


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term Techniques Class


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term