World Music Choir 1

Subject MUSI20143 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jan-2016 to 14-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2016
Census Date 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Feb-2016

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 one-hour lecture and 1 two-hour rehearsal each week during semester.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Not available to BMus students.

Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Graeme Counsel


Subject Overview:

This subject explores the great unaccompanied vocal traditions (a cappella) of the world through an integrated academic and practical study. The diverse polyphonic vocal traditions studied range from the traditional polyphonies of Africa, Europe, Asia and America, to musical language of contemporary gospel, rock and pop-music. The subject examines the origins, geographic distribution and social aspects of different musical styles, including the political importance of music in different societies.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate:

  • broad knowledge of several non-classical polyphonic traditions from African, European, Asian and South American ethnic traditions and musical language of contemporary gospel, rock and pop music
  • an understanding of the performance conventions in different non-classical harmonic and polyphonic styles and traditions
  • practical ability in devising a basic accompaniment style suitable to diverse given simple melodies
  • a grasp of appropriate musical vocabulary to describe diverse musical styles.

Weekly preparation of parts, individual and/or sectional practice and active contribution to all rehearsals, classes and performances (40%); a one-hour listening test at the end of semester (40%); two fifteen-minute written tests during the semester (10% each).
100% weekly punctual and full attendance at all rehearsals and performances as directed is expected. Less than 80% attendance will result in a fail.

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be available for purchase from the Bookroom before the start of Semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an openness to diverse musical languages of the world and new polyphonic and harmonic possibilities
  • make informed critical responses to new ideas in the study of the musical language of different non-classical styles of music
  • Demonstrate teamwork skills
  • communicate their ideas about the stylistic features of different a cappella styles of music
  • realise in practice various forms of polyphonic vocal music.
Links to further information:
Related Breadth Track(s): Choral performance

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