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The Pianist as Associate Artist (MUSI90189)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMUSI90189
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject will explore the different roles of the keyboard player as instrumental accompanist, choir accompanist, vocal coach, concerto accompanist, and associate artist within the chamber music context. Strategies for developing skills in each of these areas will be discussed and students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge practically. Sight reading skills, the realisation of accompaniments to simple single-line melodies, and collaborative work with singers and instrumentalists, will be addressed.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Accompany a wide range of instruments, including voice, both solo and in small or large ensembles;
  • Demonstrate keyboard sight reading skill with fluency and musical insight;
  • Recognise and document the skills specific to the art of accompaniment.

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Communicate with other musicians both musically and verbally, in an informed and perceptive manner;
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate and negotiate with others in a respectful and productive way;
  • Demonstrate time management skills and productive work strategies.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Advanced keyboard skills

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Performance at sight, of a simple keyboard accompaniment for a singer, week 6 or 7 (20%);
  • Performance at sight, of a simple keyboard accompaniment for an instrumentalist, week 6 or 7 (20%);
  • Presentation of a 15 minute recital with associate artists. This may include a variety of musical styles, with a variety of singers/instrumentalists, or consist of a single substantial work. Due in the examination period (40%);
  • A written journal of 1000 words, providing concise summaries of the relevant points emerging from each class, due end of semester (20%).

Hurdle requirement:

  • 100% attendance is expected, less than 80% will result in a fail in the subject.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

136 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019