Languages of Music 2.1

Subject MUSI20037 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

March, Southbank - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 x 90 minute tutorials per semester and a miminum of 42 hours self-directed study per semester
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Languages of Music 1.1 and 1.2
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
March, Semester 2
March, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Mrs Rebecca Bywater


Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic 3006 Tel: 9685 9419
Subject Overview:

This subject examines music and its relationship to changing social and cultural developments and historical context. The material discussed will be taken from a wide variety of music genres and styles. The subject will examine a variety of approaches to tonality, with special reference to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Cultural and social contexts and their impact on musical development will also be a focus.

Objectives: Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Understand through examination of selected current repertoire, the essential elements of a variety of musical styles;
• Apply their knowledge of the internal workings of selected, relevant repertoire to their performances
• Connect the understanding of the internal workings of music to the aural comprehension of it.

Continuous: Preparation and commitment as demonstrated by performance tasks and/or a regularly updated journal of activities embracing all areas studied (50%)

Formal: One written examination of two hours duration on subject material presented in lectures (50%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the challenges faced by the professional musician in the 21st century
• Critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural and artistic significance across the broader community
• Appreciate how the arts connect with the broader society and culture

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music Performance (Guitar) (VCA)
Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation) (VCA)
Bachelor of Music Performance (Keyboard) (VCA)
Bachelor of Music Performance - Practical Composition-(VCA)
Bachelor of Music Performance(Orchestral Instruments) (VCA)

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