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MUI3005 Music Practice 5

Semester 1, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Melissa Forbes
Moderator: Martin Crook


Pre-requisite: MUI2004

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course requires students to engage in a combination of learning solid traditional skills in technique, and participate in structured, experimental, collaborative activities aimed at developing an advanced level of prototype behaviours of a functional musician, such as leadership, reliability, interpersonal skills and self-reflection.


This course continues to develop the students' understanding and application of the rigours of music practice. The course is team taught by members of staff who possess expertise in a wide range of musical skills, so that students are exposed to different genres, instruments, ensemble configurations and performance situations in real time and/or via the ePortfolio and StudyDesk. Students will take part in an advanced level of musical cross-training within a group dynamic. Students will also gain an advanced level of understanding and application of technique specific to their solo instrument.


On completion of this course students will have:

  1. an advanced level of technical skills relevant to their solo instrument;
  2. an advanced level in performance skills in ensemble settings;
  3. the ability to commucate effectively with other musicians using a common musical language (both oral and written);
  4. demonstrate initiative in working collaboratively with peers and experience in self and peer assessment of group activities based on task criteria;
  5. an advanced level in performance analysis using musical nomenclature and concepts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Participation and engagement: Active participation in all classes, workshops, lessons, rehearsals and concerts/recitals is an essential element of this course. A guide to participation and engagement will be provided in writing in an Addendum which will be placed on StudyDesk at the beginning of the semester. 5.00
2. Technique: Students are exposed to relevant technique through instrument specific group lessons and/or written materials. Understanding of technical skills is applied through practical and/or written assessment. 35.00
3. Ensemble: Students participate in ensemble activities which develop structured experimental collaborative activities aimed at developing the prototype behaviours of a functional practical musician. 35.00
4. Analysis and Self-Reflection: Students maintain on an ePortfolio site a regular journal analysing and reflecting on their own musical development and that of their peers. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Hallam, S., & Gaunt, H 2012, Preparing for Success: A Practical Guide for Young Musicians, Institute of Education, London.
  • In order to complete the requirements of this course, students will require access to: (i) an internet connection to maintain ePortfolio and StudyDesk; (ii) a portable audio visual recording device such as the Zoom H2n audio recorder or the Zoom Q3 HD video recorder or recording devices built in to a laptop.
  • Materials as directed by the Teacher/Supervisor/Ensemble Director.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Materials as directed by the Teacher/Supervisor/Ensemble Director.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 52.00
Private Study 113.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ENSEMBLE 100 30 07 Jun 2013 (see note 1)
ePORTFOLIO 100 40 07 Jun 2013
SOLO INSTRUMENT ASSESSMENT 100 30 07 Jun 2013 (see note 2)

  1. Assessment will be completed by 7 June 2013. Exact dates will benotified in writing early in the semester.
  2. There are two streams: (i) continuation of solo instrument from MUI2004 (the result for MUI2004 acts as an audition for streaming in MUI3005); or (ii) a different instrument from that studied in MUI2004. Available instrument choice may vary according to staffing. Details for end semester assessment will be included in a course addendum.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.