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MUI1002 Collaborative Music Practice 2

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Collaborative Music Practice 2
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
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Mark Scholtes


Pre-requisite: MUI1001

Other requisites

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

For entry into Collaborative Music Practice 2 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 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.


Collaboration is of central importance to most music making. Professional musicians are able to effectively contribute musically and communicate musical ideas to a range of collaborators with diverse experiences and expertise. It is therefore extremely important for music students to cultivate nuanced knowledge of the role their specific instrument plays in the larger ensemble, as well as considering the effect that their contribution (musical and interpersonal) has on the larger group dynamic.


This course is designed to help students gain the knowledge and skills required to better adapt to the collaborative nature of the study of music at a university level. This course is taught by staff who have extensive collaborative experience, in a range of contexts.

Students will explore authentic collaborative contexts, the musical and interpersonal considerations for playing music in a variety of ensemble configurations, as well as assuming more autonomy with respect to the selection and interpretation of repertoire, in real time or via the StudyDesk.

Learning activities are designed to further develop students' knowledge and skills of and the application of technique across a range of musical instrument as it relates to performing in a contemporary ensemble, or where appropriate, performing as a lead instrument.

Classes also provide students with regular formative feedback, as well as valuable peer to peer support. In addition, this course employs early assessment to assist in identifying students in need of extra support.

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.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. apply a range of instrument specific knowledge, technical and performance skills in a contemporary ensemble setting;
  2. communicate musical ideas effectively to a range of collaborators with diverse musical experiences and expertise;
  3. draw on their existing knowledge and skills of musical styles and genres to select, interpret and adapt musical repertoire for a range of ensemble contexts;
  4. work collaboratively and independently, take responsibility for, and reflect upon individual and group learning which contributes to the effectiveness of the ensemble.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Studying music in collaborative contexts: Students will activate and build on existing knowledge to explore concepts of collaborative practice, essential to academic study and practice of music. 25.00
2. Group dynamics – musical and interpersonal considerations for large and small ensembles 25.00
3. Translating and adapting musical styles and genres 25.00
4. Communicating, interpreting, and applying musical ideas 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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 lecturer/s.

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
CHORD CHART: Communicate music 100 25 02 Aug 2021 2,3
ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE 100 50 13 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4
PEER & SELF ASSESSMENT 100 25 22 Oct 2021 2,3,4

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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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 21 July 2021