MUSC13413 - Multi-Instrument Fundamentals and Ensemble Direction 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The effective delivery of an instrumental music curriculum is contingent on the knowledge and ability of the teacher in two associated areas: multi-instrument instruction and conducting technique. Through foundational studies of multi-instrument and conducting techniques, you will have the opportunity to develop the pedagogical skills and concepts required to deliver successful group instrumental music instruction and ensemble direction for beginning students. In this unit, you will be required to undertake a second instrument study in an area of your choice from the woodwind, brass or percussion families of instruments, performing repertoire and exercises relative to the beginner level. Additionally, you will develop ensemble directing skills and conducting techniques for beginner ensembles.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

For entry into this unit, you must have completed 36 credit points in this course.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 50.00% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE
Inclusion of a repertoire assessment item, similar to other practical units.
Although not a stand alone assessment item, this unit already includes the provision for repertoire performance, embedded within the practical assessment of the 2nd instrument study. It is recommended that this remains the same in future offerings.
Action Taken
This has remained the same in this offering.
Source: SUTE
Flexibility and accessibility: Positive comments reflected the access to staff and flexibility of progress check-ins for student as they developed skills in the 2nd instrument study.
Continue to provide flexible arrangements and access to staff for feedback on the 2nd instrument study in this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Perform beginning student repertoire on an instrument that is not your primary instrument of study from the woodwind, brass or percussion instrument families
  2. Demonstrate practical conducting techniques required for the musical direction of a beginning ensemble
  3. Explain the technical challenges of your chosen instrument of study and pedagogical methods for the successful development of beginner students.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2 - Practical Assessment
1 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment