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I agree with the Health Science major comment before me. Very very fun unit, just 2 hours of rehearsal every week, had so much fun playing marimbas and djembes (world percussion), i had no music experience at all and it was easy to play. Certainly made my week better! However I found the marking for the essay (40% of total) was harsh, although i followed the marking criteria closely, i still did worse than expected (78/100). And this was with me completing my reflections every week, not at the last minute! Puts me off from taking MUSC1982 as I planned, which is too bad because I really enjoyed the rehearsals and performance. This unit is not for those seeking easy HDs. I ended up with a 79.8, bless them for letting me get 80.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

The best unit I could have ever chosen for broadening my Health Sciences major - really enjoyable, allows you to meet new people and make new friends, and learn a lot about the African culture in a really easy way. As part of the percussion fiesta, we learnt 2 pieces on the marimba and our instrument of choice (mine was a snare drum). My tutor, Paul, was fantastic, enthusiastic and really funny - honestly made my week better. This is graded on participation (should not be a problem as long as you turn up and have basic manners...), the final concert (very doable and in a large group in front of a small audience), and a final reflective essay (this was the only moderately difficult part of the unit - personally I enjoy writing so this was not exceptionally hard, got a HD). Only thing I would recommend is to learn from my mistakes and not leave your journal entries to the last minute - atleast jot down basic points from each lesson or you will end up forgetting what you did 10 weeks before!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

One of my favourite units of my degree so far! So much fun and easy. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a broadening unit!!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

Fun, with minimal contact hours (one rehearsal a week for 10 weeks, and a few short online videos to watch - they've cut out the seminars). I did percussion fiesta, and found it doable, despite never having studied music before and arguably being not very musical. I just wish rehearsals were more frequent as I often found myself forgetting what I'd learnt and regressing.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

A fun, relaxed and flexible course. With only three lecture style workshops to attend, no exam to go through and only one essay to write (accompanied by a weekly journal), it ticks all the boxes in my mind. Wind Orchestra was a blast to play in. Also the essay is quite fun to write; within the parameters of your chosen ensemble, it's free topic based on your journal.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

A really great and fun unit! I took on the mixed percussion ensemble and everyone was really friendly and the atmosphere was chill But don't forget to write your journal entries because they're important for your reflection journal!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016