“Music By Degrees”

“Music By Degrees” is a collaborative musical project to be completed as a part of a university assessment for a third year keystone unit, Music Project 101472. The project’s overall conceptualisation is centred in drawing together and showcasing the principal areas of the Bachelor of Music program offered by the University of Western Sydney. It is a combination of the significant units, pieces of work and research, and new learnings that aim to summarise the essence of the Music degree coming from the perspective of the current students. These core modules revolve around the areas of composition, performance, and sound technology. The list includes:

  • Tonal and Free Improvisation
  • Collaboration
  • Creative studio project recording
  • Sound Synthesis
  • Arranging Musics
  • Text and Visual Interactions
  • Expanded Practice

One of the aims of the macro project is to also promote the university course, its eclectic and modern approach to music in general. Its target audience is primarily potential and aspiring music students who want to develop creative and professional skills. Being in one of the sub-groups from the large-scale performance, our team will be focusing on the field of Expanded Practice that harnesses different kinds of media such as live music, film, and theatre elements.

‘The Jam’ is a collaborative work participated by the Expanded Practice group consisting of Rie Manaloto, Amabelle Garcia, Gerielle Guzman and Mary Vargas.

The main theme and/or story of ‘The Jam’ is a depiction of the campus life of a music student in UWS–the typical setting, activities, processes and experiences that a music student undergoes throughout the degree. It demonstrates concisely how a student experiences working on a uni assessment– the processes of composing, arranging music, finding inspiration, collaborating, performing, and just having fun.

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