Professional and Industry Skills

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Assessments have changed for the following units. They now read:

SCMP4601 Music Specialist Creative Project 1
Assessment criteria for semester 1 2021: 1 x project plan (35%); 1 x project report (25%); 1 x Discussion Board Post (10%) ; 1 x group personnel submission (10%), 1 x Team contribution and Self-evaluation (10%); 1 x participation (10%)

SCMP4602 Music Specialist Creative Project 1
Assessment criteria for semester 2 2021: 1 x project outcome(55%); 1 x industry pitch (25%); Team contribution and Self-evaluation (10%); 1 x participation (10%)

 17/2/2021

Professional and Industry Skills

The following units apply to students undertaking the final year of any one of the Bachelor of Music degrees. If not taken, students must choose professional industry skills electives as set out in the electives table below.
SCMP4601 Music Specialist Creative Project 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Barnes Session: Semester 1 Assessment: 1 x group work assignment (15%); 1 x group work presentation (15%); 1 x public presentation (50%); 1 x team contribution and self evaluation (10%); 1 x participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Music Specialist Projects form a capstone pre-professional unit for all undergraduate music students who are not doing Honours or in the Music Education programs. You will be working in small groups across musical disciplines in a project that provides a holistic experience of professional and creative musicianship. This project may include performing, recording, distribution, ensemble management, leadership, composing, creating, audience development, pedagogy and other competencies of a professional musician.
SCMP4602 Music Specialist Creative Project 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Barnes Session: Semester 2 Assessment: 1 x group work assignment (15%); 1 x group work presentation (15%); 1 x public presentation (50%); 1 x team contribution and self evaluation (10%); 1 x participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Music Specialist Projects form a capstone pre-professional unit for all undergraduate music students who are not doing Honours or in the Music Education programs. You will be working in small groups across musical disciplines in a project that provides a holistic experience of professional and creative musicianship. This project may include performing, recording, distribution, ensemble management, leadership, composing, creating, audience development, pedagogy and other competencies of a professional musician.

Electives

The following units may be taken as electives in any one of the 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 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
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: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: 72 credit points Corequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major Assumed knowledge: upper-level disciplinary knowledge Assessment: 1 x group presentation (10%), 1 x group plan (20%), 1 x group project (50%), 1x individual statement (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This interdisciplinary unit provides students with the opportunity to address complex problems identified by industry, community, and government organisations, and gain valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In collaboration with a major industry partner and an academic lead, students integrate their academic skills and knowledge by working in teams with students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This experience allows students to research, analyse and present solutions to a real¿world problem, and to build on their interpersonal and transferable skills by engaging with and learning from industry experts and presenting their ideas and solutions to the industry partner.
CMPN4620 Independent Arts Professional

This unit of study is not available in 2021

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.

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 aimed at students with no background in music, but also caters for students with some background in music who are looking to refresh their skills. Course material starts with the absolute basics and progresses quickly. An understanding of how music theory works is extremely useful to a range of diverse disciplines that engage with music: game 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
Music has a language all of its own, yet we may want to describe it using words. In this unit of study, students will learn the standard terminology of the elements of music, including pitch, rhythm, tempo, expressive techniques, texture, timbre and structure. They will learn to use these in a way that communicates musical content to a non-technical reader or listener. Prior knowledge of music notation or music theory is not required. The music examples analysed range from well-known to obscure pieces and songs, come from Western and non-Western music, and include music from historical to contemporary genres.
OLET1901 Presentation Skills: Speaking in Public

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Narelle Yeo Session: Intensive August,Intensive May Classes: 3 hours of online or in-person tutorials. Assessment: Quizzes: 40%, Participation: 10%, Mini TED Talk presentation: 50%. Mode of delivery: Online
Public presentation skills are integral to success in professional life. The focus of this unit of study is the development of the technical skills, personal style and physical confidence to present authoritative and relevant content on a topic about which the student has a passion or special knowledge. Students develop a unique and individual style of presentation while being aware of their own physicality, verbal skills and talents.
OLET2801 Music and Australian Indigenous Identities

Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Michael Webb Session: Semester 2 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.