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MUI1001 Collaborative Music Practice 1

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Collaborative Music Practice 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
ASCED code : 100101 - Music
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Mark Scholtes


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: BMUC or BCAW

Other requisites

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

For entry into Collaborative Music Practice 1 students must successfully complete the audition process.

Special requirements for ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Students are required to join or form an ensemble in their local area to fulfil the ensemble component of this course. All ensemble activities will be subject to the approval of the course examiner. Students' progress in this course will be supervised by an on-campus lecturer at regular intervals throughout the semester through email and/or video conference.


Making music as a practising musician is a demanding craft that requires a range of musicianship and supporting competencies. This is a foundational course that develops musicianship where students will learn practical skills in musical technique and communication, particularly as they relate to contemporary ensemble playing. Students participate in collaborative activities aimed at developing prototype behaviours of a functional practicing musician, including musicianship, versatility, adaptability, leadership, reliability, interpersonal skills and self-reflection.


This course is designed to help students transition into the study of music at university level. Taught by staff possessing expertise in a wide range of musical skills, students are exposed to different genres, instruments, ensemble configurations and performance situations in real time or via the StudyDesk.

Students will undertake musical cross-training within a group dynamic as well as gaining the requisite knowledge and skills and the application of technique specific to their solo instrument as it relates to performing in a contemporary ensemble, or where appropriate, performing as a lead instrument.

Students will collaborate to create performances showcasing the learning that has been undertaken during the semester and will be assessed on activities relating to the development and execution of these performance outcomes.

Learning activities are designed to provide students with formative feedback throughout the semester, with early assessment in place to assist in identifying students in need of extra support.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge, technical and performance skills in a contemporary ensemble setting
  2. interpret and communicate musical ideas (oral and written) effectively with both other musicians and audiences
  3. work collaboratively and organise activities with staff and peers
  4. work independently, take responsibility for, and reflect upon individual learning which contributes to the effectiveness of the ensemble .


Description Weighting(%)
1. Studying music at university: Students will be introduced to foundational knowledge, skills and expectations essential for success in the academic study of music 25.00
2. The role of the individual musician in a contemporary ensemble 25.00
3. An introduction to musical styles and genres 25.00
4. Communicating and interpreting musical ideas


Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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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 lecturer/s.

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
MUSICAL ANALYSIS 100 20 17 Mar 2021
ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE 100 60 02 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4
PEER & SELF ASSESSMENT 100 20 07 Jun 2021 1,3,4

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    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.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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.

  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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  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

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.

Date printed 18 June 2021