Advances in Music Technology

Subject 740-513 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

On campus delivery only. Please note this subject is not offered externally or via distance education.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm on each day of classes.
Total Time Commitment: 48 hours in total (including non-contact time).
Prerequisites: None.
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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Faculty of Music

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Fax: +61 3 8344 5346

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Subject Overview:

This program involves evaluation and application of new and recent instructional hardware and software for music educational use. Sessions will cover a range of issues which focus on three conceptual dimensions: the ways in which the computer can be used for musical purposes (modes); the attributes of computer music systems (functions); and the skills and abilities the musician requires (attributes). Classes are held in the Faculty's Music Technology Laboratory.


On completion of this subject, students should have:

  • A greater knowledge and understanding of the practical uses of music technology and significant issues regarding the application of music teaching with computers;
  • A deeper understanding of how computing technologies can support music making;
  • Improved skills in applying computing technologies to their own musical practice.

Assessment involves a series of technology projects: Preparation of a music education resource, and a 1,000-word written report (60%), due three weeks after the final teaching date; A 2,500-word essay (40%), due seven weeks after the final teaching date.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: A reading pack will be made available prior to the first class.
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 the following skills:
  • An expanded skills base in music instructional technology;
  • A method for evaluating and assessing new music hardware and software.
Related Course(s): Master of Music Studies by Coursework

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