Close Encounters with Music in Melbourne

Subject MUSI10036 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2010.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 one-hour lecture and 1 one-hour tutorial every week, and four concert attendances during the semester
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Not offered to BMus students
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
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.


VCA and Music Student Centre
234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

Tel: +61 3 9685 9322
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358

School of Music - Parkville
Conservatorium Building

Tel: +61 3 8344 5256
Fax: +61 3 8344 5346
Email via:
Web: and
Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to different genres of concert and theatre music through engagement with live performances by Melbourne's leading companies and visiting performers. Genres covered may include musical theatre (including opera), orchestral music, choral music and chamber music. The subject will be structured around attendance at four live performances.


On completion of this subject students should have:

  • learnt the salient characteristics of the main genres of the repertoire of Western classical music and have developed appropriate listening strategies
  • gained familiarity with the structures within which this music is created and performed, both now and when the specific works were composed
  • considered the nature of audiences and concert going as cultural practice
  • been exposed to the process of producing music from composition, through rehearsal to performance.
Assessment: Four tutorial projects (500 words each) submitted throughout the semester (40%); attendance and participation (15%); 2000 word essay due at the end of the semester (45%).
Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be available for purchase from the Melbourne University Bookshop before the commencement of the 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.

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 that provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing.

Download PDF version.