Impressionism to Postmodernism in Music

Subject MUSI20002 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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
  • Four tutorial assignments, 300 words each: choose ONE question from each of Weeks 1–4; 5–7; 8–9; 10–12, due the Sunday at the end of Weeks 4, 7, 10 and 12, respectively, at 11:59pm, via Turnitin [10% each (total 40%)]
  • One essay: 2,000 words, due the Monday of the first week of the end of semester examination period at 11:59pm (40%);
  • One 1-hour listening-based examination, held during the end of semester 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 potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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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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