Music In Australia

Subject 740-265 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: For non-BMus and combined degree students, 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.


Subject Overview:

Students will gain a basic knowledge of Australia’s various music cultures and their place in Australian society, a working knowledge of the musicological scholarship, theoretical and manuscript sources for the topics studied, and a familiarisation with available sound recordings. Topics covered include study of Australian musical works and ideas, both of indigenous and transplanted European social groups, from oral traditions, folk, country and popular genres and styles to dramatic, orchestral and choral works, electronic and film music.

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • a knowledge and understanding of the musical styles practised in Australia up to the present day
  • an understanding of the relationships between the musical styles practised in Australia and their historical, social, cultural, and intellectual context
  • a capacity for critically appraising musical works on their own terms
  • knowledge, skills, and practices which provide a basis for independent inquiry and research-based writing
  • a critical approach to broad categorisation of musical styles and to individual pieces with the aim of nurturing greater confidence in their own musical interpretations.

Assessment: Regular tutorial projects due during the semester (25%); mid-semester project/essay (25%); 3-hour written and listening examination in the examination period (50%)
Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be available for purchase from the Melbourne University Bookshop before the commencement of the semester.
Recommended Texts: Rowley, Caitlin, ed. Australia: Exploring the Musical Landscape. Sydney: Sounds Australian, 1998.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • basic academic research skills
  • the ability to analyse and synthesise information, and to communicate ideas.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music

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