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Classical Performance: Instrumental Major


Students receive individual lessons, specialised masterclasses and workshops, and classes in music history, aural skills, harmony, pedagogy, career skills and performance psychology.

Students also take to the stage as soloists, and perform in ensembles ranging from symphony orchestra, wind orchestra, fully-staged opera and music theatre productions through to chamber music, early music, art song, cutting-edge new music, world music, and music for dance and drama. There are also specialist ensembles for strings, wind, brass, percussion, voice, piano, saxophone and guitar. The classical course brings together outstanding students with inspirational staff, providing students with an extraordinary range of performance opportunities, plus all the training they need to create careers as professional musicians.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS1505Classical Principal Study 115
MUS1506Classical Aural 1: Fundamentals of Aural Training10
MUS1504Music Techniques 1: Fundamentals of Music Theory5
MUS1508Music History: Modernism and Postmodernism10
MUS1509Becoming a Performer5
Plus 1 unit from:
MUS1501 ^Classical Ensemble 115
MUS1502 ^Piano Skills (Even Years)15
MUS1503 ^Piano Literature 1 (Odd Years)15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS1513Classical Principal Study 215
MUS1514Classical Aural 2: Fundamental Principles of Baroque and Classical Music10
MUS1524Music Techniques 2: Fundamental Principles of Baroque and Classical Harmony5
MUS1516Music History: Classical Overview10
MUS1517Music Tools5
Plus 1 unit from:
MUS1525 ^Classical Ensemble 215
MUS1526 ^Piano Pedagogy (Even Years)15
MUS1527 ^Piano Accompaniment (Odd Years)15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS2505Classical Principal Study 315
MUS2506Classical Aural 3: Renaissance and Baroque10
MUS2519Music Techniques 3: Renaissance and Baroque5
MUS2508Music History: Baroque10
MUS2509Managing a Career in Music5
Plus 1 unit from:
MUS2526 ^Classical Ensemble 315
MUS1502 ^Piano Skills (Even Years)15
MUS1503 ^Piano Literature 1 (Odd Years)15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS2513Classical Principal Study 415
MUS2514Classical Aural 4: Classical and Romantic10
MUS2529Music Techniques 4: Classical and Romantic5
MUS2516Introduction to Instrumental Pedagogy5
Plus 1 unit from:
MUS2530 ^Classical Ensemble 415
MUS1526 ^Piano Pedagogy (Even Years)15
MUS1527 ^Piano Accompaniment (Odd Years)15
Elective Unitx 110
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS3505Classical Principal Study 520
MUS3506Classical Aural 5: Romantic and Twentieth Century10
MUS3507Classical Ensemble 510
MUS3508Music History: Classic to Romantic10
Elective Unitx 110
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS3509Classical Principal Study 620
MUS3510Classical Aural 6: Advanced Music Skills10
MUS3511Classical Ensemble 610
MUS3512Music History: Historical Performance Practices10
Elective Unitx 110
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4505Classical Principal Study 720
MUS4506Music Techniques 5: Twentieth Century10
MUS4507Classical Ensemble 710
MUS3513Music History: Australian Music10
Elective Unitx 110
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4510Classical Principal Study 820
MUS4511Music Techniques 6: Composition and Arranging10
MUS4512Classical Ensemble 810
Elective Unitx 220

Note: Electives are to be selected from the Classical Elective Unit Bank, or approved by the Unit Set Coordinator.

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For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply trans literacy skills to successfully communicate knowledge and ideas in solo and group performance settings through adept use of technical, interpretative, and evaluative ability for a range of styles in area (s) of specialisation.
  2. Demonstrate creativity, initiative and judgement in planning, problem-solving, and decision making to compose original music for instrumental or vocal combinations.
  3. Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts applying technical and interpretative proficiency to perform and evaluate full-length public recitals, informed by historical practice.
  4. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development in classical performance instrumental through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice, in both individual and group settings.
  5. Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles, concepts and theories of classical performance.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge with depth of the definitive classical performance styles, genres and techniques and its relationship to history culture and music.
  7. Demonstrate cross cultural, social and ethical awareness, including indigenous cultural competence and apply a local and international perspective to practice.
  8. Review, analyse, and synthesise knowledge in classical performance to prepare for and perform recitals.
  9. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to identify and sustainably solve problems during the composition and arrangement of classical music.

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Professional Musician, Performance Artist, Music Tutor, Accompanist, Repetiteur, Composer, Performer

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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