Materials & Structures 4

Subject MUSI40042 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A two-hour seminar per week plus a minimum of one hour per month supervision of research paper
Total Time Commitment:

As required to complete research commitment





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:
  • Development of research skills and knowledge of research methodology;
  • Discussion of issues relevant to students’ areas of research;
  • Examination of historical and contemporary practices in composition, improvisation and performance, and
  • Formal presentation of at least one research paper (there is a minimum of one hour per month supervision of the research paper).
Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should have gained the ability to explore in depth areas of particular interest or relevance to a students' professional performance aspirations.


Preparation, participation, commitment including two reports on progress in the research project, one per semester (20%).

A written research paper of between 8,000 and 10,000 words, on a topic to be approved by the Honours Committee; topic must be related to the student’s performance activities (80%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Upon completing this subject students should have developed:

  • The ability to analyse musical style and form;
  • The ability to investigate and research musical issues;
  • The ability to understand contemporary musical practice;
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music Performance (Degree with Honours)

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