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SCMP4602: Music Specialist Creative Project 2

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SCMP4602
Academic unit Performance Studies
Credit points 6
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Andrew Barnes,
Lecturer(s) Damien Ricketson,
Ms(s) Cathy (Shuang) Chen,
Project supervisor(s) Kevin Hunt,
Toby Martin,
Anna Reid,
Daniel Yeadon,
Andrew Barnes,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Team Contribution and Self-Evaluation
Team contribution and self-evaluation survey
10% Formal exam period n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7 LO9
Participation Participation
Supervisor mark based on group and individual work throughout the semester
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO2
Assignment group assignment Project Outcome
Final project outcome delivery as approved by Supervisory team.
55% Week 11 as approved by Supervisory team
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO5 LO4 LO2
Presentation group assignment Industry Pitch
Group industry pitch of approved project.
25% Week 13 15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Project outcome: this is the final outcome (performance, recording, concert, video etc) which has been approved and worked on throughout the year. It must adhere to the official project plan and updates approved by the supervisory team.
  • Industry Pitch: a mock industry pitch presentation to replicate the presentation/promotion of this project at an “industry sales event”.
  • Participation: Mark awarded by Project Group Supervisor for work completed throughout the semester. Ongoing and consistent work throughout the whole semester is encouraged. This will be determined by advisor observation and documented evidence such as meeting minutes, agreements and other materials such as group discussions on Canvas. The “Team Contribution and Self-Evaluation” assessment task for team contribution may be part of this evaluation.
  • Team Contribution and Self-Evaluation: Evaluation of your own performance and that of your other team members and how they contributed to the overall project. Also a reflective statement on how your musical discipline interacted with others, and whether you have identified any strengths or weaknesses within your own discipline. Improvements to be made for the second semester of the project and how they will be achieved.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas

Assessment criteria

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

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

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.


75 - 84

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


65 - 74

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.


50 - 64

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.


0 - 49

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.

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

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

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.


75 - 84

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.


65 - 74

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.


50 - 64

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.


0 - 49

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.

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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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Lectures will comprehensively address a selection of topics relevant to creating, planning, rehearsing, advertising, performing and presenting about a creative project. Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO9
Supervisions for each group with project supervisor Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Weekly Group meeting time within which project groups brainstorm, plan, organise, create and rehearse. Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned. The Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 90%.

As per the Sydney Conservatorium of Music resolutions, (Item 12):

In addition to the rule above, 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 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. Depth of disciplinary expertise: Draw upon your disciplinary expertise to contribute to a collaborative outcome. Demonstrate a high level of pre-professional musicianship, including self-directed artistic and research outcomes. Deliver a professional level outcome relevant to their project which may be an element of future professional practice.
  • LO2. Critical thinking and problem solving: Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving in project conception, design and development. Demonstrate a high level of ability in designing, monitoring, delivering and evaluating a creative project.
  • LO3. Oral and written communication: Articulate a project vision to an audience in both oral and written form. Communicate effectively within a group to identify roles and responsibilities
  • LO4. Information and digital literacy: Demonstrate information and digital literacy in identifying appropriate resources, tools and platforms to develop and disseminate a project.
  • LO5. Inventiveness: Generate an original creative outcome within appropriate boundaries.
  • LO6. Cultural Competence: Demonstrate engagement in culturally aware practice in project design and management of group dynamics.
  • LO7. Interdisciplinary effectiveness: Demonstrate a high level of collaboration and effective teamwork with colleagues from across disciplines. Collaborate across musical disciplines and specialisations to create a complete whole where each discipline has made an equal contribution.
  • LO8. An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity: Deliver a project that reflects individual and group creative expression that is professionally and ethically responsive to challenges as they emerge.
  • LO9. Influence: Engage others in a process, idea or vision to deliver an external-facing outcome to the community.

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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