MUSA292-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Small Ensemble 2

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course provides students with further experience in playing in small ensembles. Students gain knowledge of the repertoire, and experience in rehearsing and public performance.

The ensemble will provide students with skills in rehearsal techniques, tuning, blending, accuracy, knowledge of repertoire, and rehearsal discipline. Students will also gain experience of public performance in a small ensemble.

Note that this ensemble is made up of a mix of 100, 200 and 300 level instrumental students, all of whom demonstrate abilities in a range of instrumental and musical skills. In addition to their base set of skills, students will also demonstrate abilities and experience based upon their level of enrolment corresponding to early, intermediate and advanced stages of development.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have developed:

  • Ensemble skills
  • Repertoire knowledge of chamber music
  • Understanding of rehearsal techniques
  • Experience of public performance
  • Discipline in self-preparation, careful rehearsing and cooperative music making.

    Transferable skills:
  • Communication skills: public performance, public performing under pressure,
  • Organizational skills: goal setting and meeting deadlines, attention to detail, punctuality.
  • Interpersonal skills: the ability to take direction and to work cooperatively, skills in adapting (to various performing environments), assessing own and other’s work; group discipline and responsibility.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


MUSA192 and the approval of the Head of School.


MUSI 294

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 50 hours attending rehearsals
• 5 hours preparing for oral presentation
• 20 hours dress rehearsal and concert performance
• 75 hours self-directed practice

Course Coordinator

Justin DeHart


Mark Menzies


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Individual Assessment 30% A high mark here will indicate your prompt and regular attendance, quality of preparation, and degree of engagement with rehearsals.
Group Assessment 40% Participation in the 2pm, September 23rd Musical Guerilla Games concert at the Arts Centre Great Hall is required for everyone. In addition, 1-3 other qualified performances are required.
Oral presentation 30% You will present a description and reflection of your involvement with the ensemble you participated in during the semester. What pieces did you play? What where the rehearsals/performance like? What did you learn about the music? Composer? Style? What were some of the challenges, etc. Your 10-minute slot will be scheduled in advance to commence on October 3rd or 10th during the Performance Workshop (Wednesday 5-6:30pm) at the Arts Centre Location Recital Room.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,600.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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