In the Groove

Subject MUSI30003 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
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 subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Catherine Falk


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
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Subject Overview:

This subject examines the history and the musical and social effects of recorded sound and changing technologies on performers, listeners and consumers in both western and non-western cultures.

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the cultural and social implications of the history of recording technology and recorded music
  • A sophisticated awareness of how technology has changed the ways people listen to, make and consume music
  • A reasoned understanding of how recording technology has changed research in music
  • Increased abilities in research skills: critical reading and scholarly writing

A journal of weekly readings and assigned tasks due at the end of the semester (40%); a class presentation (20%); an independent research project of 2000 words due at the end of semester (40%).

Prescribed Texts: The readings for this subject will be available on-line through the LMS prior to 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 be able to

  • make critical, informed and sophisticated responses to new ideas, methodologies and theoretical frameworks
  • integrate a reflective knowledge and an informed understanding of cross-cultural and intercultural concepts and behaviours into their professional and intellectual lives
  • conduct independent ethnographic and secondary research
  • write in a scholarly manner
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition
Music History

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