Master of Music (Orchestral Performance)

    • CRICOS Code: 094859D

    What will I study?


    Degree Structure

    2 year degree

    Full-time only

    Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 of the MMus (Orchestral Performance) requires: a passing mark for Orchestral Performance Practicum 1

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this course, graduates will have acquired advanced knowledge and skills and be able to:

    • Achieve a professional level standard in their orchestral ensemble performance and recording skills as required of an elite professional orchestral instrumentalist
    • Achieve a professional level standard in rehearsal conduct and etiquette
    • Become a highly-skilled and highly-aware ensemble musician, with a thorough knowledge of performance styles and current practice
    • Critically evaluate past and present performance practices
    • Develop a depth of familiarity with the symphonic canon
    • Develop artistic flexibility and appreciation for alternative interpretations
    • Develop an understanding of how to perform in situations in which the orchestra performs an accompanying role (e.g. concerto, opera, ballet, and film repertoire)
    • Understand how to learn and prepare new works
    • Understand and develop the mental and emotional capabilities necessary for consistent skill execution and positive performance experiences
    • Demonstrate team-work and collaborative music making
    • Develop communication skills towards ensemble cohesion and respect
    • Establish entrepreneurial skills for early career orchestral musicians, and develop and expand outreach projects that engage various communities (e.g., amateur musicians, music students, general public)
    • Develop complementary skills, knowledge, and understandings of the roles and responsibilities of various aspects of orchestral administration (e.g., artistic development, philanthropy, music library, education outreach, labor negotiations, and contracts)
    • Develop the confidence necessary to perform under pressure in audition, recording, and performance settings
    • Gain the ability to intelligentlly and persuasively promote an appreciation of the orchestra as an artistic vehicle; and
    • Identify, prevent and manage health risks resulting from playing an instrument for extended time periods

    Generic Skills

    The University expects its postgraduate coursework graduates to have the following qualities and skills:

    • An advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area
    • An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership in the specialist area
    • The capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work
    • An understanding of the significance and value of their knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry)
    • A capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society
    • An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline
    • Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline
    • Well-developed problem-solving abilities in the discipline area, characterised by flexibility of approach
    • Advanced competencies in areas of professional expertise and/or scholarship
    • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in presentations
    • An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area
    • A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work
    • A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship

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