Riffs: Discovering the Acoustic Guitar 1

Subject MUSI10017 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour group tuition class per week during the semester
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: A basic knowledge of music notation is desirable but not essential. Not suitable for students with advanced guitar skills.
Non Allowed Subjects: Not available to BMus students.
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
Web: www.vcam.unimelb.edu.au/contact_us.html

School of Music - Parkville
Conservatorium Building

Tel: +61 3 8344 5256
Fax: +61 3 8344 5346
Email via: http://music-unimelb.custhelp.com
Web: www.bmus.unimelb.edu.au and www.music.unimelb.edu.au
Subject Overview:

This subject explores a range of popular guitar styles that have had widespread impact over the past century, including blues, rock and global folk styles. As well as examining relevant literature and recordings, students will be instructed in the performance of basic examples of these styles.

Objectives: On completion of this subject students should be able to recognise and critically discuss different styles of guitar music. Students should learn basic playing, maintenance and tuning techniques on the guitar in relation to the styles studied.
Assessment: Class participation and a ten-minute practical guitar test to be held during the examination period (30%); a listening test to be held in the last week of the semester (30%); a 500-word assignment due in week 5 and a 1000 word assignment due in week 10 of the semester (40%)
Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be available for purchase from the Melbourne University Bookshop before the start of 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 develop:
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • a metacognitive approach to preparation and practice of repertoire.
Notes: Students will be required to provide their own 6-string acoustic guitar (either steel or nylon strings will be accepted).

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