Details for Music Ensembles

This subject follows on from MUS230 Music Performance, and again involves constructive peer feedback and weekly in-class concerts.  However, the focus of this subject is playing music in groups.  As such, students will engage in a variety of ensemble types, across a wide range of genres.  Students will also gain experience in leading ensembles, whether as lead instrument, music director, or conductor.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MUS335
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton

Awards offering Music Ensembles

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Create effective rehearsals and performance preparations;
  2. Evaluate the success of performances;
  3. Assess the audience engagement in and appreciation of performances;
  4. Explain the factors contributing to effective ensemble playing;
  5. Combine performance styles and techniques to serve the objectives of the ensemble;

Subject Content

The nature of group performing, and the performers

Evaluating group performances

  • Criteria
  • Biases
  • 360 degree

Performance craft

Performance preparation

  • Choosing repertoire
  • Rehearsing
  • Time-frame

Performance organisation

  • Pre and post
  • Communication
  • Logistics
  • People/Relationships

Negotiating, contracts, and invoicing

Lessons, mentors, and peers

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Group Rehearsals (15%)
  • Performance Reviews (25%)
  • Performance Evaluation (10%)
  • Performances (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided