Impressionism to Postmodernism in Music

Subject MUSI20002 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Musical literacy, to a standard equivalent to AMEB grade 4 or higher.

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.


Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

Subject Overview:

In this subject, we explore representative styles of Western art music from 1900 to the present. The music will be examined from a number of perspectives including nationalist and internationalist currents, modernist tendencies and the quest for order and disorder, and with reference to wider socio-cultural contexts. The music of Australia will also be studied in relation to corresponding global trends.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand and contextualise music from the 20 th century to the present
  • undertake basic scholarly work using the bibliographic tools of music to discuss the music of the period covered

Three tutorial assignments of 400 words each, due in week 4, 7 and 10, respectively (30% - 10% for each assignment); essay of 2000 words, due in week 12 (50%); one-hour listening-based examination, held during the examination period (20%).

Prescribed Texts:

The Norton Anthology of Western Music, 6th ed., vol. 3, ed. J. Peter Burkholder, Claude V. Palisca (New York: Norton, 2009) and a Reader, which will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

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 will have developed:

  • a capacity for independent critical thought
  • an openness to new ideas
  • knowledge, skills and practices which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Academic Electives
Composition Major
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects
Musicology/Ethnomusicology Major
Performance Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Studies in western music

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