LismoreSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Develops intermediate-level skills and knowledge in relation to collaborative music-making practices, songwriting, composition, arrangement and music performance and presentation. Students will rehearse and perform with two ensembles and participate in workshops and lectures. In this unit, students have the option of participating in a project ensemble geared towards the students' own creative and/or performance goals.

Unit content

  • Intermediate-level ensemble practices and etiquette.
  • Rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Composition, songwriting and arrangement techniques for live performance.
  • Rhythm-section writing, techniques and performance.
  • Backing-vocal arrangement, horn and string ("Sweeteners") arrangement and musical direction
  • Improvisation techniques related to selected repertoire
  • Intermediate-level stagecraft, presentation and audience engagement. Application of stagecraft skills to repertoire rehearsal and performance. 

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 1

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour/weekly
Practical session 1.5 hours/weekly ((12 weeks))
Practical session 2 hours/weekly ((12 weeks))
Reflective writing15%
Creative work30%

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees


Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.