Practical Music 1A

Unit code: ACO1011 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park


This unit introduces technical, interpretive and self-evaluation skills in music practice. Students are assisted in evaluating their technical, interpretative and improvisation skills. Students are instructed in a range of underpinning knowledge in general musicianship. Students are guided in setting goals, strategies, exercises and practice routines. A program of musical works is selected to present technical, improvisational and interpretive challenges. Students are introduced to the concept of functional music theory. Students are introduced to the safe operation of live music sound reinforcement and key elements of essential music software. Students are introduced to basic academic skills required for understanding the nature of musicology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and produce musical works;
  2. Establish goals and practice schedule;
  3. Demonstrate interpretative foundation skills and overall musicianship within collaborative contexts;
  4. Identify basic musical nomenclature in relation to music theory and production activities;
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of basic music equipment and music software in accordance with OH & S requirements; and
  6. Explore musicological concepts in a range of musical context.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 25%
Collaborative investigation - group discussion
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 25%
Demonstration - rehearsal of performance
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 25%
Practice Portfolio
Assessment type: Performance
Grade: 25%
Group performance and peer feedback

Required reading

Reading, resources and materials (including repertoire playlists and real books) will be provided through VU Collaborate and/or links to library and other resources.

As part of a course

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