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2012 Graduate Diploma of Professional Music Practice(F6H)

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Arts (principal)
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Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 3 yrs.
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The Graduate Diploma of Professional Music Practice focuses on the acquisition and structured development of music performance at a level consistent with the expectations and requirements of professional music practice. The program is for highly gifted musicians who wish to pursue a dedicated period of study with an emphasis on repertoire and ensemble performance excellence as a means to develop high-level attributes in artistic expression.

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants should have a Bachelor of Music, or equivalent experience. Applicants are required to undertake a performance audition and interview.

The performance should consist of thirty minutes of music to show the applicant's skill and artistry. 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 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 suitability for the course.

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

Course Objectives

The educational objectives of this course are to provide high-achieving performance students the opportunity to spend a year focussed exclusively on activities that are essential for those desiring a performance career. The core units of study are performance based and focus on the development of critical skills and self-reflection in solo and ensemble settings. In addition to individual or ensemble tuition, the units of study in this course require regular and dedicated periods of effective personal practice and preparation. Students will develop acute awareness of ensemble integrity and achieve self-actualization through feedback from ensemble directors, tutors and individual lessons honing critical reflective skills

The assessment of learning needs to allow students to demonstrate their ability to communicate through their chosen instrument. 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 successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Music (Performance) (F5L), the Graduate Certificate in Music (Orchestral Studies) (F5L), Graduate Certificate in Music Studies (Performance) (F5K) or Graduate Certificate in Music Studies (Orchestral Studies) (F5K) may articulate with full credit into the Graduate Diploma of Professional Music Practice.

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Professional Music Practice may be granted 87.5% credit into the Master of Music Studies.

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