Bachelor of Music - Performance Year 1 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Music Performance

Solo Performance 1

The following applies to Year One Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Solo Performance 1

Unit Code


Unit Description In this unit, students will learn how to:
  • Prepare and present musical performances at a 1st year degree standard (equivalent to AGME-Proficiency level)
  • Choose suitable repertoire, practice and rehearse effectively to expand technical and instrumental ability.
  • Reflect on and self-critique performances in order to develop practice methodology.
Award(s) Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration 1 Semester (12 Weeks)
Level Year 1, Semester 1
Unit Coordinator Caleb Garfinkel
Teaching Staff Lecturers: Leonie Wobking, Caleb Garfinkel
Tutors: Bernadette Norton, Leonie Wobking, Caleb Garfinkel
Core/Elective Core
Pre/Co-requisites Nil
Credit Points 15 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
o Fast track

Student Workload
Delivery/ Contact Hours

No. timetabled hours per week
  • Lecture - 1 hour
  • Practical Session - 1 hour
  • Tutorial - 1 hour
  • Personal Independent Study - 9 hour
Total hours per week - 12 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 Performance unit aims to develop performance and technical instrumental skills at an introductory level as a soloist. Performance is relevant to contemporary environments in the music industry. In this unit, students develop skills at an introductory level in assessing and evaluating their own performance practice, in order to establish their own performance goals and desired outcomes. Students will also constructively critique the performances of other students, to enable collaborative improvement and musical awareness.
Students will complete weekly tutorials in their principal instrument, present weekly performances to other enrolled students, assist in providing constructive criticism for other members in performance workshops, and present an end of semester technical presentation. Students are encouraged to incorporate skills developed 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 as a soloist at an introductory standard, demonstrating developing control of instrumental ability and musicality, and show an increasing openness to a variety of musical styles and developing influences.
  1. Develop technical control and musical fluency, showing sensitivity to expressive elements and performance characteristics, and demonstrating intonation, phrasing, dynamics, ornamentation, timing and tonal balance.
  2. Effectively rehearse material for performance, developing methods for solving technical difficulties in performance by analysing and evaluating technical demands and stylistic requirements through self-directed practice routines.
  3. Communicate musical concepts and appropriate stagecraft technique through effective audience engagement.
  4. Develop self-analysis and critical skills through constructive written and verbal analysis of their own and other students’ musical performances.


Teaching Outline

Solo Performance allows students to develop existing instrumental skills at an introductory standard through individual weekly lessons and regular performances on their principal instrument, as well as broader performance practice techniques through weekly lectures.
Students will have weekly lessons with their instrumental tutor of the student and tutor's design, which are focused toward fulfilling the end of semester performance goals. Weekly Performance Masterclass lectures will address areas of performance and stagecraft considerations, with introduction to improvisation.

Year 1

Semester 1

Students will perform a technical examination, 20 minutes, and minimum of 4 solo works, 30 mins at an introductory standard, selected in discussion with their tutor based on the nominated list.

Students will perform pieces in progress from their respective examinations at least each 2 weeks to class. If suitable members/groups are not accessible for accompaniment, students may perform with self-produced backing tracks or accompaniment technology.

Lesson Material Covered

Performance etiquette, examination preparation, performance psychology and techniques.

Developing improvisation. Practicing critically and effectively. Recital preparation. Creative practice, aural development in practice. Live performance vs exams.


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 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

Cross, D. (2014). Playing for a Crowd: Hints and Tips. Accessed 2/2/18.

Dowling, D. (n.d.). Performance Hints & Techniques in Piano Playing and the Music of Chopin. Accessed 2/2/18. Retrieved at:

Goldberg, J. (2013). Stage Fright (Performance Anxiety). WebMD. Accessed May 04, 2013.

Klickstein, G. (2009). Overcome Performance Anxiety, Conquer Stage Fright. Oxford University Press: 2009-2014. Accessed 2/2/18.

Music & Performing Arts, Last Updated: Feb 17, 2014


Student assessment 

Assessment Type

When assessed

(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1.1: Performance Workshop Engagement
Type: Performances and Feedback
Students participate weekly in performance workshop by performing live (on campus) or providing pre-recorded video link (distance), and by critiquing and providing feedback of other student’s performances. Students will present a minimum of 6 performances, with at least 4 different pieces performed.



1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Assessment 1.2: Investigative Essay
Type: Essay
Length: 1,000 words
Investigative essay on a defined area discussed in Performance lectures.

Week 7


4, 5

Assessment 1.3
Type: Exam
Length: 20 minutes
Performance of selected technical exercises and study pieces as assessed by examiner. Students are expected to know all material outlined in prescribed syllabus.

Week 14


1, 2, 4



Course Outcomes


Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

Unit Learning Outcomes


1 A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical  basis of the discipline

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2 A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

3 An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

4 The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings

1, 2, 3, 5

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

5 Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

3, 4, 5

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

6 Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate  to a range of contexts including further study 3, 4, 5 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
7 The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
8 The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices 1, 2, 3 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
9 The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.




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


1 Deep disciplinary knowledge 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 4, 5, 6, 7 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
4 Effective communication skills for diverse contexts 3, 4, 5 3, 5, 6, 7 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
5 The capacity to work independently and collaboratively 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1.1, 1.2, 1.3