Medieval and Early Modern Music

Subject 740-130 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Offered as breadth with prerequisites: AMEB Grade 4 or equivalent, or permission of the coordinator
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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.


Professor John Griffiths
Subject Overview:

A study of music and the practice of music in Europe in the middle ages and early modern period until the mid-eighteenth century. Students will examine selected areas of music such as religious chant, medieval love songs, cathedral polyphony, early opera, instrumental ensemble music, and baroque church music. Students should develop a range of approaches to understanding music history, research methods basic to the scholarly study of music of this period and an awareness of the latest research in the area.

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand music and contextualize music from many different periods
  • undertake basic scholarly work using the bibliographic tools of music
  • discuss maturely the music of the period covered.

Assessment: Tutorial assignments and listening tests due throughout the semester (20%); mid-semester essay of 2000 words (40%); end-of-semester 2-hour examination (40%).
Prescribed Texts: Hanning, Barbara R. A Concise History of Western Music. 3rd edition. New York: Norton, 2006. Burkholder, P. and C. Palisca, eds. Norton Anthology of Western Music. 5th ed. New York: Norton, 2006. Vol. 1
Breadth Options:

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

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should have developed:
  • a capacity for independent critical thought
  • an openness to new ideas
  • knowledge, skills and practices which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music (Performance)
Diploma in Music (Practical)

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