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2012 Diploma in Music Performance(F2S)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
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Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 3 yrs.
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The Diploma in Music Performance focuses on the acquisition and development of ensemble performance skill. The program is for gifted performers who wish to pursue a dedicated period of study with an emphasis on repertoire and immersion in professional ensemble practice as a means to develop greater skills (technical, professional and artistic) appropriate to ensemble situations.

Admission & Prerequisites

International students need the standard UTAS English language requirements for post-graduate entry.

Applicants are required to undertake a performance audition and interview. The performance should consist of fifteen minutes of music to show the applicant's skill and musical tastes. Through interview, the audition panel will assess the applicant's musical background and career aspirations. Members of the staff from the Conservatorium will comprise the audition and interview panel.

After the audition/interview process is complete, a report is written up by the chair of the audition panel. The Head of School (or designate) and the course coordinator then review the audition report to determine each candidate's uitability for the course.

Course Objectives

The educational objectives of this course are to provide performance students the opportunity to spend a year focussed exclusively on practical music-making activities to develop interpretative artistry in an ensemble environment. The units of study in this course require regular and dedicated periods of effective personal practice and preparation as well as greater awareness and development of the ability to learn and react quickly in an ensemble environment: in an intensive rehearsal period musicians must be able to understand, execute and remember the needs of the conductor, or ensemble director. Time spent talking in a rehearsal is usually wasted time: ensemble musicians hear and communicate through musical gesture and sound, the musician who cannot hear meaning will not survive in the profession. These are skills that are learnt in situ: this year of study will provide students desiring this type of learning experience.

Devoting time and focus to improve instrumental and ensemble skills develops understanding and awareness of professional practice: reflections on preparation, execution and evaluation are at the core of the learning experience for this course, and vital skills for performing musicians.

The assessment of learning needs to allow students to demonstrate their ability to communicate through performance. Music performers work with sound to create affect in real time. In real time, intentions have little impact: performers must make the moment work and this can only be assessed in performance.

Articulation to/from Course

Students who complete the Diploma in Music Performance may articulate with full credit into the Associate Degree in Music Studies, if the Diploma has not been taken concurrently with that degree.

Students who complete the Diploma in Music Performance and enter the Bachelor of Music may, dependent upon their specialisation in the BMus, have credit of up to 75%, if the Diploma has not been taken concurrently with that degree.

Students who are pursuing concurrent study in both the Diploma and either a bachelor or postgraduate degree, could receive credit to the maximum value of 25% (2x12.5%) toward the main degree*, subject to successfully passing units in the Diploma; unless otherwise stated by the coordinator of the relevant degree (undergraduate or postgraduate).

* Provided that the discipline taken in the Diploma is the same or similar as the discipline pursuing in the main Bachelor or Postgraduate degree; as determined by the course coordinator.

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