Bachelor of Music - Ensemble Year 2 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Ensemble

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

ENSEMBLE: Methods

Unit Code

ENSEMB201

Unit Description In this unit students will learn how to:
  • Prepare and rehearse music at an advancing in an ensemble of peers for performance.
  • Investigate group performance styles and rehearsal methods.
  • Reflect and self-critique performances at an advancing level in order to further develop practice methodology.
  • Communicate in ensembles and develop leadership skills to achieve increasingly refined musical concepts.
Award(s) Bachelor of Music

Unit Duration

1 Semester (12 weeks)

Year Level

Two, Semester 2

Unit Coordinator

Caleb Garfinkel

Teaching Staff

Caleb Garfinkel

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

A pass in Ensemble 101

Credit Points

10 credit points

Mode of Delivery

x Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Ontensive/block mode (where the unit or a face to face component is delivered in a block)
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
x Full-time
x Part-time
o External
x Fast track

Student Workload Delivery/ Contact Hours

No. timetabled hours per week
  • Lecture Theory 1 hour
  • Practical Session - 1 hour
  • Tutorial - n/a
  • Personal Independent Study - 7 hour
Total hours per week - 9 hours

Resource Requirements

  • Instrument
  • Instrumental tutor (specialist instruments only)
  • Video camera (distance students)
  • Web camera (distance students)
  • Computer facilities
  • Video editing software
  • External Technical Help

Resources Provided

  • Instrumental Tutors
  • On-campus equipment and performance facilities
  • Online streaming video and additional referencing videos
  • Library resources (see prescribed or recommended texts below)

             

Unit Aims

The Ensemble 2 unit aims to develop and extend ensemble performance and leadership instrumental skills as a leader and ensemble member, showing significant development from ensemble performances in the first year of the unit. Students will enhance critical evaluation skills to be self-directed and to assist in the collaborative development of other performance students.

Students will present weekly performances and assist in providing constructive criticism for other members in Ensemble workshops, and present an end of semester programme of ensemble works. Students are recommended to incorporate skills learned in other units in their ongoing performance, including Composition and Music Technology. 

             


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Select and perform a diverse and varied program of appropriate repertoire in group performance demonstrating advancing leadership and musicality.
  2. Rehearse material in an increasingly effective manner, demonstrating self-directed problem solving and analytic skills by solving high-level technical difficulties through effective rehearsal methods.
  3. Rehearse, study and perform a variety of styles and genres, demonstrating an expanding appreciation and awareness across Western musical styles in developing a sophisticated musical vocabulary.
  4. Compare and implement stagecraft elements, learning methods and collaborative leadership qualities in direction of an ensemble or choir.
  5. Use and apply highly developed analytical, self-critique and problem-solving skills in written work, showing a thorough awareness of musical concepts and demands on performers, and sincere self-analysis.
  6. Employ Arranging principles and notation skills reinterpreting and presenting pieces for performance based on available resources and personal musical investigation. 


Teaching Outline

Ensemble considers individual progress made through student's self-directed practice in the context of leading and playing with other musicians in ensemble, small group or choir scenarios, requiring a considered degree of leadership and arranging skills to direct groups. Pieces presented for ensemble performance will utilise notation skills from other areas of the course, requiring presentation of lead sheets or scores as part of an ensemble review outcome.

Year 2

ENSEMBLE

Students will investigate ensemble formations and rehearsal methods, exploring advancing and less common groupings and method, directing peers to achieve specific musical outcomes. Students will perform pieces with an ensemble, including works in development for investigation and a program of minimum 3 for a final performance. If suitable members/groups are not accessible, students may perform with self-produced backing tracks or accompaniment technology. Students will provide constructive criticism for other students, and complete a review of an external performance.

Lesson Material Covered

  • Extended ensemble styles, preparation and leadership.
  • Choir and conducting, arranging for choir, backing vocal and harmonisation. Vocal performance, a cappella, theatre and pit singing.
  • Incorporating improvisation into performance styles, interacting and listening.
  • Performing critically and effectively, refining performance and rehearsal.


Prescribed and recommended readings:

Required textbook(s)
Australian Guild of Music Instrumental Handbook in relation to chosen instrument (for list of technical requirements and suggested performance syllabus)
Library Resources
A subscription to Oxford Music Online and to Grove Music Online which includes:

  • The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed.).
  • The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.).
  • The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians (2nd ed.).
  • The new Grove dictionary of opera.
  • The Oxford companion to music.
  • The Oxford dictionary of music (2nd ed.).

Plus updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online.

A subscription to JSTOR Journals and books
A subscription to Lynda.com video tutorials

Recommended Reading List


Cameron, J. (2016). The Artist's Way. London: Penguin.
Green, B., & Gallwey, W. T. (1987). The Inner Game of Music. New York: Pan Macmillan.
Werner, K. and Aebersold, J. (1996). Effortless Mastery. New Albany: Jamey Aebersold Jazz.
Wooten, V. (2008). The Music Lesson: A spiritual search for growth through music. New York: Penguin.

Reference Materials


Peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures). Some examples are listed below.
Haden, J. (June 13th, 2012). Be Graceful Under Pressure: 7 Tips. Retrieved from:  
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/how-to-be-graceful-under-pressure.html.
Hammond, K., Rabinowitz, K. et al. (May 10th, 2009).  Mind, Body and Soul. The Observer. Retrieved from: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/may/10/tips-stage-performance-singing.
Hooper, T. (April, 14th, 2011).  Performing Live: Stage Presence Tips. Yahoo Contributor Network, Retrieved from: http://voices.yahoo.com/performing-live-stage-presence-tips-8267817.html.
Kasanoff, B. (March 27th, 2013).  Concert pianist: how to perform under pressure. Retrieved from: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130327122022-36792-concert-pianist-how-to-perform-under-pressure. Robley, C. (February 2nd, 2018).  The DIY Musician’s Complete Guide to Touring. Retrieved from:   http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/the-diy-musicians-complete-guide-to-touring/

             

Student assessment 

Assessment Type

 

When assessed

Weighting
(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1:  Ensemble Performance Active Engagement
Type: Performances and Feedback
Students will present weekly performances by performing live (on campus or via video link) or providing pre-recorded videos for distance. Performances will be based on exercises and ensemble styles and concepts demonstrated in weekly lectures. Students must present a minimum of 8 performances.

Ongoing

40%

1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 2: Live Performance Review Type: Review
Type: Review
Length: 500 words
Review and critique of a professional or independent music performance external to the AGME, considering ongoing discussion areas engaged in weekly performance workshops.

Week 6

15%

2, 4

Assessment 3: Ensemble Preparation Report
Type: Report
Length: 500
Present a report on the preparation of one of the pieces prepared for the ensemble exam. Reflect on the process of arranging and rehearsing, demonstrating ensemble leadership and organisation.

Week 10

15%

3, 4,

Assessment 4: Ensemble Performance
Length: Minimum 3 pieces
Performance exam of Ensemble pieces. Students must present 2 pieces per enrolled ensemble member, plus 1 extra. Distance students may provide a recorded video of their performance, attending students will be allocated a time during examination week.

Week 14

30%

1, 2, 3

 


Course Outcomes

#

Graduate Attribute

Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:

Unit Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Assessments

1 Deep disciplinary knowledge 1, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 1, 4
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 2, 3, 6 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 4
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2, 4
4 Effective communication skills for diverse contexts 2, 3, 4, 5 3, 5, 6, 7 3, 4
5 The capacity to work independently and collaboratively 1, 2, 3, 6 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 2, 3, 4

  

Graduate Attributes

#

Graduate Attribute

Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:

Unit Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Assessments

1 Deep disciplinary knowledge 1, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 1, 4
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 2, 3, 6 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 4
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2, 4
4 Effective communication skills for diverse contexts 2, 3, 4, 5 3, 5, 6, 7 3, 4
5 The capacity to work independently and collaboratively 1, 2, 3, 6 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 2, 3, 4