This course has four (4) parts. All parts are compulsory. It is not expected that these parts will be delivered and assessed sequentially. Rather the parts and their content will be delivered and assessed concurrently and as appropriate to the progress of learners thorough the process of musical practice, ensemble rehearsal and performance.
PART A INSTRUMENTAL SKILLS FOR ENSEMBLE PLAYING
Being an effective member of an ensemble requires the learner to be aware of, and attend to, interpretation and appropriate playing of musical resources (e.g. scores, charts, tabs).
The following content will be covered:
- blend and balance
- performing with appropriate tone (sensitively to ensemble sound and style)
- correct posture.
PART B RESPOND TO MUSICAL DIRECTION
A specialist conductor or a nominated musician from within the ensemble will provide musical direction. Effective ensemble participation will include responding appropriately to musical direction.
The following course content will be covered:
- meeting agreed group performance objectives
- understanding and following verbal and non-verbal instructions
- realising a musical vision or intent (e.g. tempo, intensity, expression, mood, beginning and ending of pieces)
- contributing to stylistic discussions and decisions
- listening to recommended recordings/performances
- supporting and encouraging other ensemble members to meet goals and commitments.
PART C REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES
Success of an ensemble is due in part to the level of commitment shown by the participants. Qualities expected of ensemble members in rehearsals and performances include:
- reliability in attending scheduled rehearsals
- punctuality to rehearsals and performance calls
- meeting performance obligations
- appropriate rehearsal and performance etiquette
- co-operation with others in rehearsals and performances (e.g. instructors, directors, stage managers)
- following established procedures for notifying of lateness or non-attendance (e.g. message, text, phone contact)
- appropriate dress for rehearsals and performances.
PART D CARE AND SAFE PRACTICE
Ensemble members will learn about the appropriate care of musical equipment and the significance of such care. They will take appropriate care of their instrument and equipment (such as music scores and sound systems). Ensemble members will learn about work place safety issues related to their rehearsal and performance spaces, and follow directions and procedures concerning work place safety in such spaces.
- appropriate care of instrument(s)
- appropriate care of musical scores and equipment
- safe use of musical equipment (e.g. power supply to sound reinforcement systems)
- safe and appropriate use of rehearsal and performance spaces (e.g. security of spaces, safe use of stairs, risers and platforms)
- follow direction and procedures related to work place safety in rehearsal and performance spaces, and know to whom issues or dangers are reported.