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PERF3608: Chinese Music Ensemble 5 (Advanced)

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Sydney

This unit allows students to further develop proficiency on one Chinese instrument in both small group and ensemble settings, and to continue to perform with the ensemble. Students will gain a deeper understanding of Chinese music by taking a more independent role in performing Chinese music, and completing their own Chinese music research project. This unit will provide students with a further opportunity to study non-Western musical performance and to have further engagement with analytical and conceptual approaches drawn from ethnomusicology. It will incorporate and further develop the performance skills that students have gained in previous study in earlier units, and promote the creation of a comprehensive performance-research based ethnomusicology pathway at the undergraduate level. It will help students from all specializations develop greater understanding of musical cultures outside the Western musical mainstream that usually forms the primary focus of their Conservatorium music studies. Some students taking this ensemble may be encouraged to undertake musicology units in the ethnomusicology pathway, or to consider honours proposals that have a focus on non-Western music.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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PERF3607
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Catherine Ingram, catherine.ingram@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Lu Liu, lu.liu@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Research project
Written report, oral presentation, or other format agreed with coordinator
40% Formal exam period
Due date: 14 Jun 2021 at 23:59
Discuss with coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Skills-based evaluation Performance project
Progress in learning one traditional Chinese instrument
60% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO2

Assessment summary

  • Performance project (60%) Students are assessed on their progress towards and achievement of a performance goal determined in consultation with the coordinator in week 1. The goal will involve continued study of one chosen traditional Chinese instrument, and participation in all scheduled ensemble performances during the semester. The goal should also incorporate a more challenging performance task beyond the requirements of CME4: for example, this might be a solo performance in a concert or student seminar, or a small group performance in which the student takes a major role. 
  • Performance-based research project (40%) Students are assessed on their progress towards and achievement of a research goal determined in consultation with the coordinator in week 1. The goal will relate closely to the instrument or repertoire studied in the ensemble, and students are encouraged to follow an aspect of Chinese music that they personally find interesting. The student should select an area of interest or research question, and decide on how it will be researched and how the results of the research will be presented. If you elect to present the information as a written report, it must be submitted via Turnitin. If you elect to present the information as a class presentation, it must be delivered at a class or tutti rehearsal on the pre-determined date. Projects may be wide-ranging and could focus on a Chinese instrument, composer, performer, genre, aesthetic principle, historical period, musical ritual or similar. They may involve library research, online research, interviews or other means of obtaining information as discussed with and agreed by the coordinator. The output could be a written report, oral presentation, website or wiki, short radio or video program or other, as agreed.

Assessment criteria

The following assessment criteria are used for written work in this unit of study:

 

Fail: (Below 50%) Work not of acceptable standard. 

Work may fail for any or all of the following reasons: Unacceptable paraphrasing; irrelevance of content; poor spelling; poor presentation; grammar or structure so sloppy it cannot be understood; failure to demonstrate understanding of content; insufficient or overlong word length.

Pass: (50%-64%) Work of acceptable standard

Written work meets basic requirements in terms of reading/research; relevant material; tendency to descriptive summary rather than critical argument; makes a reasonable attempt to avoid paraphrasing; reasonably coherent structure; often has weaknesses in particular areas, especially in terms of narrow or underdeveloped treatment of question; acceptable documentation. 

Credit: (65%-74%) Highly competent work demonstrating potential for higher study

Evidence of broader understanding than pass level; offers synthesis with some critical evaluation of material; coherent argument using a range of relevant evidence; some evidence of independent thought, good referencing. A high credit (70-74) shows some evidence of ability to problematise and think conceptually. 

Distinction: (75%-84%) Work of superior standard

Demonstrates initiative in research and wide, appropriate reading; complex understanding of question and ability to critically review material in relation to underlying assumptions and values; analyses material in relation to empirical and theoretical contexts; properly documented; clear, well-developed structure and argument with some signs of literary style. 

High Distinction: (85%-100%) Work of exceptional standard

Demonstrates high level of initiative in research and reading; sophisticated critical analysis of evidence; high level engagement with theoretical issues, innovative use of reading/research material and impressive command of underlying debates and assumptions; properly documented and written with style, originality and precision. 

 

 

The following assessment criteria are used for performance in this unit of study:

 

Fail: (Below 50%) Work not of acceptable standard. 

Unsatisfactory technical achievement and/or unsatisfactory level of musical and artistic engagement. Limitations may be of such a scale and consistency as to call into question the student''''''''''''''''s future direction in the programme.

Pass: (50%-64%) Work of acceptable standard

Satisfactory level of preparation and musical engagement. Some inconsistencies in musicianship, style and/or technique. Musical imagination and overall performance sense developing though some insecurity in this area.

Credit: (65%-74%) Highly competent work demonstrating potential for higher study

Confident technique with evidence of solid musicality and some stylistic achievement. Occasional lapses indicative of unresolved technical, artistic and/or stylistic issues. Projects potential for further development.

Distinction: (75%-84%) Work of superior standard

Excellent technical, musical and stylistic achievement. Consistently coherent and expressive performance. Some personal interpretation of the work suggesting soloist potential.

High Distinction: (85%-100%) Work of exceptional standard

Comprehensive and outstanding technical control and musical integrity in relation to developmental expectations. Musical individuality consistently projected to create a persuasive personal representation of the work. Performance flair indicative of soloist standard. A mark of 95 or above indicates extraordinary technical virtuosity and musical artistry.

 

 

Oral presentations will be assessed against the following criteria: 

 

Content 

Shows evidence of broad research, taking into account a variety of sources

Clear argument, supported by relevant reasons and evidence


Shows evidence of critical thinking about the topic, including: 

  • Considers alternative views 

  • Where appropriate, questions assumptions implicit in the literature 

  • Draws meaningful connections between facts and / or concepts 


Uses terminology accurately and appropriately 


Presentation

Is clearly expressed


Is interesting and engages other students 


Makes appropriate use of examples and presentation methods relevant to the material presented (e.g. presentation software, handouts, recordings where relevant) 


Covers the topic effectively in the available time 


 

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

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 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Research seminar to support students in planning, developing, undertaking and presenting the results of an individual performance-based research project Seminar (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Research seminar to support students in planning, developing, undertaking and presenting the results of an individual performance-based research project Seminar (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 06 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 07 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Research seminar to support students in planning, developing, undertaking and presenting the results of an individual performance-based research project Seminar (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 08 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 09 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 10 Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 11 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Research seminar to support students in planning, developing, undertaking and presenting the results of an individual performance-based research project Seminar (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 12 Group lesson on one traditional Chinese instrument Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 13 Tutti rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
End of semester performance Performance (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Full (100 per cent) and punctual attendance is a requirement. Except in cases of illness or misadventure, failure to attend activities, classes or performances 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 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

There are no set readings for this unit.

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. demonstrate further improvement in musical performance skills and advanced proficiency on one traditional Chinese instrument
  • LO2. exhibit advanced skills in playing the instrument with and leading others in an ensemble context
  • LO3. demonstrate, with guidance, the ability to plan, undertake and present results of an individual small research project on Chinese music
  • LO4. act, understand, and take a emerging leading role in conveying to others, musical practices that illustrate clear awareness of musical and cultural diversity
  • LO5. demonstrate and articulate individual reflection on new musical experiences

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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

No changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

Students must consult with their individual instrumental teacher for requirements of the performance component, and must consult with the unit coordinator regarding the research component.

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