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MUSC4408: Contemporary Music Practice 8

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

In this unit, you will focus on ways in which your EP - which you recorded in the previous semester - can have a public-facing outcome. In particular, it will look at ways in which your music can have a visual or performed identity through video, live performance and artwork. It will also look at how to publicise your music through streaming services, record labels, booking agents and publishers. This semester particularly focusses on creative ways in which you can promote your recorded work. This course will be made up of lectures from industry professionals, as well as 2-hour seminar sessions to receive feedback on your work.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jade O'Regan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Live Performance
Live Performance
Due date: 11 Nov 2022 at 23:59
1500 word equiv
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Online task Marketing Materials
Marketing Materials
20% Week 05
Due date: 02 Sep 2022 at 23:59
1000 words equiv
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Online task Video Clip
Video Clip
35% Week 10
Due date: 14 Oct 2022 at 23:59
1500 word equiv
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Small continuous assessment Weekly Participation and Preparation
Weekly Participation and Preparation
10% Week 12
Due date: 04 Nov 2022 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

Weekly Participation and Preparation

Each week you will engage in the workshops with the different experts we have invited to class - they're here to help you with your assignments throughout the semester. Your teachers may ask you do do a little homework before class, such as writing or thinking, they may ask you to do work in the workshops themselves, or they may ask for students to share their music to get advice.

Marketing Materials

You will submit a series of marketing materials in support of your EP and video clip. You will have opportunities in our workshops to start these materials and ask for help and feedback from our guest presenters. Please use the time you have with them by coming prepared with any work or questions they have requested.

Video Clip

 You will create a lip-synced/mimed/creative video for one of the songs you submitted last semester on your EP.  This is not a live performance video, it is a visual to accompany one of the songs you recorded last semester. You will consider your performance, space, dress, and other important features of your projected image or persona. We understand that you are not trained video-markers, but we want to get you thinking about the ways you may like to project your ideas to an audience. You will remember a similar assessment a couple of years ago, however, this updated assessment will have you at a different stage of your music-making journey and fill form part of a portfolio of work you will complete by the end of this year. 

Live Performance

You will give a live performance (of your choosing) to launch your music. You may choose to perform at an organised gig at the Manning Bar or film your performance off-campus.

Assessment criteria

See Canvas for criteria and rubrics for each assessment. 

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Sydney Conservatorium policy on late assessments applies.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

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.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to Unit/Developing a Persona and Performance Identity Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 02 Writing Biographies Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 03 Record Labels Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 04 Artwork and Photographs Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 05 Getting your Music Out There Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 06 Syncing for Film and TV Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 07 Performing to Camera Workshop (2 hr) LO1
Week 08 Video Clips Part 1 Workshop (2 hr) LO1
Week 09 Musical Direction and Live Performance Workshop (2 hr) LO1
Week 12 Live Performance Check In + Planning + Mental Health in the Creative Industries Workshop (2 hr) LO3
Week 13 Unit Review + Continued Live Performance Prep Workshop (2 hr) LO3

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 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 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. Film and edit their own video clip
  • LO2. Create a variety of marking items to promote their music
  • LO3. Plan and execute a live performance of original music

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Some changes to lecturers was made based on student feedback, with extra help with video clip making and streaming strategies.


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