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Performance: Commercial Music (9741.4)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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  • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (194384) - View
  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (191383) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, TQG-CO (173900) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (173899) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, TQG-CO (165496) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (165373) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (154123) - View

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Successful contemporary musicianship requires instrumental proficiency and an integrated approach to the craft and nature of performance. This requires a critical understanding of performance genres and a practical understanding of performance techniques in a range of differing commercial contexts.
This unit promotes an impartial approach to performance, focusing on basic musicianship, stagecraft, verbal and non-verbal communication, collaboration, planning, rehearsal, performance and self-reflection. It aims to develop an understanding of the contextual nature of performance and identify key historical and cultural reference points that define performance practice. It also promotes acoustic and semi-acoustic performance in smaller to medium-sized venues and the development of basic skills using compact P.A. systems.

This introductory unit provides the foundation for all further studies in music performance and complements Musicianship: Contextualising the contemporary and Composition: Song writing and historical perspectives units, though these units are not considered co-requisites.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify musical elements and performance practice techniques in differing contemporary music genres;

2. Recognise and locate music appropriate for a simulated performance venue;

3. Prepare and perform an acoustic/semi-acoustic "cover" set in collaboration with others;

4. Review development of own performance and peers; and

5. Demonstrate proficiency using a compact P.A. system.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

5 hours per week.





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