Unit description

Builds on the skills developed in MUS10541 and extends those to achieve professional level skills and technical proficiency through ensemble performance and recording in a variety of contemporary music genres.

Unit content

Topic 1: Ensemble practices and etiquette. Repertoire selection and groove playing and rhythmic studies.

Topic 2: Chart writing, reading signage and transcription skills. Repertoire selection and rehearsal strategies.

Topic 3: Rehearsal techniques. Ensemble balance, timbre and intonation. Repertoire selection and rehearsal. Pre-professional level harmonic studies. Application of harmonic studies to selected repertoire.

Topic 4 Application of pre-professional level groove studies to selected repertoire. Repertoire rehearsal.

Topic 5: Improvisation techniques related to selected repertoire and effective rehearsal techniques.

Topic 6: Pre-professional level improvising and soloing techniques. Application of improvisation and soloing techniques to selected repertoire. Repertoire rehearsal.

Topic 7: Application of scale harmony for improvisation and soloing. Repertoire rehearsal.

Topic 8: Application of accompanying studies to selected repertoire. Repertoire rehearsal of other two songs.

Topic 9: Pre-professional level stagecraft, presentation and audience engagement. Application of stagecraft skills to repertoire rehearsal and performance. Repertoire rehearsal of other two songs

Topic 10: Preparation and rehearsal of five songs for ensemble exam

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Chart Transcriptions and Performance30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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