University of Sydney Handbooks - 2020 Archive

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Professional and Industry Skills

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The following unit session and assumed knowledge has changed:

OLET2801 Music and Australian Indigenous Identities Session: Semester 2 only Assumed knowledge: Assumed knowledge requirement has been removed



Open Learning Environment (OLE)

The Open Learning units are available as electives to all students.
OLET1801 Music Theory and Notation Essentials

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Matthew Hindson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: up to 2hrs of video lectures per week, plus 1 hour tutorial per week, which can be either live in-person or online. Assessment: Weekly set tasks and quizzes (50%), final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
This Online Learning Environment unit (OLE) provides a grounding in music notation and music theory. It is designed for those without a background in these areas. The music theory relates to our contemporary western music notation system. An understanding of how music theory works is extremely useful to a range of diverse disciplines that engage with music. Examples include games and user interface designers, film and drama studies students and those who have learnt musical practice from an aural rather than notated tradition, such as contemporary popular musicians and singers.
OLET1811 Writing About Music

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Matthew Hindson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4weeks of online lectures + online or in person weekly tutorials Assessment: 4 x weekly tutorial tasks (40%), 1 x presentation + 600wd write up (60%) Mode of delivery: Online
This OLE unit of study will provide foundational knowledge in these areas. It will be useful to students without knowledge of music notation or even music theory. It will use both well-known and obscure examples, from Western and non-Western music, from historical to contemporary genres. This deliberately eclectic approach ensures that concepts can be related by students to all forms of music, not just those with which they are familiar.
OLET1901 Presentation Skills: Speaking in Public

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Narelle Yeo Session: Intensive November Classes: 2 hour seminar plus 1 hour tutorials Assessment: 4 quizzes (100% for 0cp: 40% for 2cp; 10% online participation 2cp only; 50% mini ted talk 2cp only) Mode of delivery: Online
The development of public presentation skills in a formal environment is integral to success in professional life. Students are taught to express ideas, knowledge and passion in a formal setting this unit that stacks on top of the FASS units on presentation skills to create a 6 cp set if required. The focus of this unit is the development of the skills, personal style and confidence to present authoritative content, on a topic that the student has passion for, or special knowledge of. Developing physical skills, an ability to curate their material and the use of appropriate visual technologies leads to superior presentations. Students develop a unique and individual style of presenting, cognizant of their own physicality, verbal skills and talents. Building on skills established in the 0cp course, the 2 cp version further extends creative strategies for presenting in public via the preparation of a mini-ted talk.
OLET2801 Music and Australian Indigenous Identities

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: online module over 3 weeks Assumed knowledge: Students enrolling in this unit of study should be able to distinguish aurally between the melody, harmony, bass and rhythm layers of music, and have a basic knowledge of popular music instrumentation and song structure. Assessment: 2xonline quiz (100%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study raises big questions about Australian Indigenous musical culture, including its performativity on the national and global stage. The unit explores: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and dance spectacles at major sporting events (war cries, welcome to country, contemporary 'corroboree'); the ways music signifies identity at various levels; and multiple versions of an iconic songs.

Professional and Industry Skills

The following units may be taken as electives in all Bachelor of Music degrees:
PERF2622 Professional Practice Internship

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 x 2 hour seminars/semester Prerequisites: 48 credit points from UG Music degree Assessment: Reflective journal with evidence completed in ePortfolio (50%), Seminar presentation (50%) Practical field work: Students will be on placment approx. 6 hours per week (a total of 60-80 hours for the internship program) Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit is graded 'satisfied requirements' only
This unit of study will enhance students' musical knowledge, learning and future career thinking through placement in a professional practice context within an arts sector environment. An internship is a system of on-the-job training and, as such, this unit of study seeks and selects the most appropriate places for students to gain valuable experience and training within a music or arts industry context. These places may and will change from time to time according to individual student interests and expertise along with availability of suitable hosts. Included in this Unit of Study is the Pulley 'Buddies' program where SCM students are placed in NSW regional conservatoria to engage in a significant role enhancing the local musical community through work with staff, students and specific outreach programs of the selected conservatorium (e.g. regional and remote schools, youth orchestra training etc.).
PERF3610 Professional Practice Internship 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 x 2hr seminar/semester Prerequisites: PERF2622 Assessment: 1 x 2000wd portfolio (50%), 1 x portfolio presentation (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Professional Practice Internship 2 provides students with an opportunity to undertake a second internship program (on successful completion of PERF 2622). An Internship is a system of on-the-job training experience that provides future career related musical work. This unit of study enhances students' musical knowledge and learning through placement in a professional practice context within a creative and performing arts industry sector environment. In particular, students are afforded the opportunity to work in regional NSW in partnership with one or more of the 17 NSW Regional Conservatoria and/or local schools. The unit seeks and selects the most appropriate places for students to gain valuable career experience and training and these places may and will change from time to time and according to the students' interests and expertise and the availability of suitable hosts.
PERF3640 Industry and Community Projects

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ian Whitney Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: blended learning (online, seminar and group work) Assumed knowledge: upper-level disciplinary knowledge Assessment: 1 x group plan (10%), 1 x group presentation (20%), 1 x group project (50%), 1x individual reflective task (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students will submit project preferences, however first preference placements cannot be guaranteed.
This unit is designed for third year students to undertake a project that allows them to work with one of the university's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner. This experience will allow students to apply their academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to a real world issue in an authentic and meaningful way. Participation in this unit will require students to submit an application.
CMPN4620 Independent Arts Professional

This unit of study is not available in 2020

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Damien Ricketson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar/week Assessment: Weekly exercises (30%); Funding submission (30%); In-class presentation (20%); Podcast (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Independent Arts Professional supports the career development of music practitioners as they enter the creative industries. Through a critical program of artistic self-assessment and practical business tasks, this Unit of Study seeks to equip students with the tools to successfully present their creative product and carve out a unique artistic space for their future endeavor. The program is relevant to independent-minded performers, composers, producers and curators seeking to identify and contextualise their individual artistic voice within a broader arts community. In addition to providing students with ongoing tools to evaluate personalised artistic goals, completion of this unit will provide practical and strategic skills in analysing their potential market, securing stakeholders and developing planning approaches that successfully bring creative enterprises to fruition.
JAZZ3631 Music Business Skills

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: David Theak Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lect/wk Assessment: Press Kit (35%), Tour Plan (65%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Music Business Skills is designed to prepare graduating students for the non-musical aspects of their forthcoming career. The unit is designed as an overview of the many different facets of the music industry, including setting up a small music business (including taxation overview and responsibilities), funding sources and alternatives, tour planning and budgeting, producing and designing promotional tools, dealing with record companies/music publishing, and other essential techniques and requirements of running a successful music business in today's competitive arts environment.