School of Music

Music Broadening Units

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An exciting feature of UWA’s new courses is the introduction of broadening units. These units are a requirement of all undergraduate degrees and will provide you with knowledge beyond the fields in which you choose to specialise.

The School of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units that will accrue credit towards your degree. Whether or not you have studied music at secondary level, or can read music, you can enrich your degree by including music units in your course of study.

Broadening units in music can be taken by students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Design (BDes), Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil[Hons]). Students enrolled in BPhil(Hons) can chose their broadening units from a degree other than the one housing their degree-specific major. These same units can be taken as electives by students enrolled in any one of the five undergraduate degrees.

The School offers a number of Category A and B broadening units, some of which are specially designed to give students the opportunity to play in music ensembles.

Category A

  • MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective
  • MUSC2350 Music in World Cultures

Category B

  • MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means (Semester 2)
  • MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations (Semester 1)
  • MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music
  • MUSC1321 Music Language 1  
  • MUSC1322 Music Language 2  
  • MUSC1981 Music Ensemble 1 (Music Ensemble, Context and Concepts) 
  • MUSC1982 Music Ensemble 2 (Music Ensemble, Repertoire and Analysis)  
  • MUSC2331 Western Art Music 1 (Renaissance and Baroque)  
  • MUSC2332 Western Art Music 2 (Classical and Romantic)  
  • MUSC2520 Music Language 3    
  • MUSC2525 Music Language 4
  • MUSC2981 Music Ensemble 3 (Music Ensemble, Reflective Ensemble Practices) 
  • MUSC2982 Music Ensemble 4 (Music Ensemble Projects)
  • MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
  • MUSC3334 Soundscapes of Australia
  • MUSC3521 Digital Audio
  • MUSC3560 Music Education in Research and Practice

Music ensemble units

There are 4 Music Ensemble Units. Within these units, students can enrol in a number of different ensemble options depending on their ability and experience. 

Ensembles for experienced musicians

Advanced performers can continue their musical journey whether or not they are taking a major in music. By enrolling in one of the ensembles below, students can continue to perform great repertoire with other talented musicians. Entry to these ensembles is subject to an audition - further details below. 

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Orchestra
  • The Winthrop Singers
  • Vocal Consort
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Flute Choir
  • Glee Club

Ensembles for all

Do you love music but have never formally learned to play or sing? Interested in music from other cultures? The ensembles listed below are open to students of all abilities and musical backgrounds - no audition required!

  • Show Choir
  • Mixed Percussion Ensemble
  • World Percussion Ensemble
  • Latin Percussion Ensemble
  • Junk Percussion Ensemble
  • Symphonic Chorus
  • Ukulele Ensemble

How to enrol in ensemble units

You should enrol in the relevant Music Ensemble unit, e.g. MUSC1981 Music Ensemble 1, through Student Connect.

Enter your ensemble preferences through the Class Allocation System (CAS).

You can check the standard required for each ensemble in the Broadening Your Degree With Music brochure available on this page. 

Prior to the commencement of the semester you will be contacted about your enrolment and/or audition.  Most auditions will take place in the week prior to the commencement of semester.

Once all auditionees have been heard, the panel will allocate parts and you will be notified of your result via email. If your first option is over-subscribed or the standard very high, you will be considered for your second and/or third ensemble preference. We ask that you include at least one Ensemble for all in your preferences so that you don't end up without an ensemble allocation.

The timetable for ensembles is attached to the right. 

What will the audition entail?

The audition process may vary slightly for each ensemble (you will be advised of the process via email) but generally you should prepare a piece that you enjoy and feel confident playing, but that also shows your ability. You will be asked to play a short extract of that piece in front of a panel.