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MUI1002 Collaborative Music Practice 2

Semester 2, 2023 Online
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 May 2023


Course Coordinator: Helen Russell


Pre-requisite: MUI1001


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.

Course learning 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

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.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 25 2,3
Assignments Creative Performance No 50 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 25 2,3,4
Date printed 28 May 2023