Guitar Cultures and Practice 1

Subject MUSI10017 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Jan-2015 to 15-Feb-2015
Assessment Period End 27-Feb-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Jan-2015
Census Date 16-Jan-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Feb-2015

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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





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.


Dr Ken Murray



Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.


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.

Students will be required to provide their own 6-string acoustic guitar (either steel or nylon strings will be accepted).

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