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DRUM1301: Drum Set Ensemble 1

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Sydney

This subject will follow a trajectory beginning with Charles Wilcoxin's snare drum compositions, progressing through to complex contemporary rhythmic works for drum set. The ensemble will perform both through-composed and semi-composed materials, allowing for improvisational theory and action. Works included in the drumming ensemble repertoire will explore a variety of stylistic and rhythmic areas, thus offering a broad overview of contemporary and traditional drumming practices, rhythmic frameworks, and improvisational prompts.

Unit details and rules

Unit code DRUM1301
Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 3
Assumed knowledge

Students enrolling must have fundamentals of drum set performance and some performance experience in place. In addition, participants must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Performance degree, with a principal study in Drum Set

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Simon Barker,
Tutor(s) Simon Barker,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Creative assessment / demonstration Review of semester materials
Practical assessment
70% Multiple weeks 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Participation In-class engagement with materials assessment
Practical assessment
30% Ongoing Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

  • Review of semester materials: This assesment will cover processes and materials that the group has worked on during semester.
  • In-class engagement with materials assessment: This assessment is based on the students participation, engagement with materials, communication with ensemble members, and attitude to learning.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

Result name

Mark range


High distinction


Comprehensive and outstanding technical control in relation to developmental expectations. Outstanding ability to manipulate rhythmic procedures. A mark of 95 or above indicates extraordinary technical virtuosity. Outstanding communication with ensemble.



Excellent technical control and ability to manipulate developmental procedures/materials. Excellent communication with ensemble.



Confident technique and evidence of solid understanding of developmental procedures and materials. Projects potential for further development. Confident communication with ensemble.



Satisfactory level of technical development and control. Limited understanding and ability to manipulate developmental procedures and materials. Satisfactory level of communication.



Unsatisfactory technical achievement and engagement with materials and developmental processes. Unsatisfactory communication with ensemble.


For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly Technical development through procedural composition activity Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: As per the Sydney Conservatorium of Music resolutions item 11(3), full (100 per cent) and punctual attendance is a requirement in all activities where students have a role as active participants in the class or activity. Active participation includes situations where the student's contribution is to perform, rehearse or direct rehearsals in a small or large ensemble, or to give seminar and tutorial papers or presentations or undertake assessment tasks. Active participation also includes all one-to-one studio teaching and supervision. Except in cases of illness or misadventure, failure to attend activities or classes where a student is an active participant will be seen as failure to meet the requirements of the unit of study.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 3 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 60-75 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. manipulate a range of rhythmic practices, stylistic areas, sticking vocabularies, and improvisational frameworks/procedures
  • LO2. manipulate developmental processes that allow for the creation of personal rhythmic vocabulary
  • LO3. communicate effectively in ways that allow for multi-disciplinary collaborative action.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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