Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kenji Fujimura; Ms Elizabeth Sellars


This unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain a unique insight into all facets of orchestral playing. ie. tone development, intonation, orchestral excerpt preparation, audition preparation and managing performance anxiety. Students will receive workshop classes devoted to the above areas of learning. There may also be repertoire reading sessions for strings, woodwinds and brass, along with mock audition classes and guest orchestral masterclasses.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. perform an extensive list of orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire with insight and knowledge pertaining to excellent orchestral practice;
  2. feel comfortable in the process of preparing for, and taking a professional orchestral audition;
  3. perform excerpts from a standard solo concerto relevant to their instrument, used in orchestral auditions;
  4. acquire good orchestral musicianship skills;
  5. perform with a tone which is suitable for orchestral performance;
  6. articulate, in written form, their research into aspects of orchestral performance.


Participation in Monash Academy of Orchestra is compulsory

Research project (orchestral studies) 1 and 2
30 minute mock audition: 80%
Research essay(2600 words) - orchestral audition preparation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Average of four contact hours per week in the form of mock audition class, repertoire sessions and supervision consultations.

Minimum 16 hours per week expected in private instrumental practice, and relevant research in area of study.


Students must be enrolled in Master of Arts (Music Performance) - (course code 3059)