Languages of Music 2.2

Subject MUSI20038 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours of lectures and tutorials per semester
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to undertake self-directed study for a minimum equivalent time of 12 hours per semester, total 30 hours per semester.


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Not offered in 2015
Not offered in 2015
Not offered in 2015


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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:

This subject examines compositional process in relation to the various elements of music as they work independently and in combination, in a variety of styles. The music of the 20th and 21st centuries will be a focus, although compositional techniques of earlier centuries will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Understand through examination of selected current repertoire, the essential elements of a variety of musical styles;
• Apply their knowledge of the internal workings of selected, relevant repertoire to their performances
• Connect the understanding of the internal workings of music to the aural comprehension of it.


Continuous: Preparation and commitment as demonstrated by performance tasks and/or a regularly updated journal of activities embracing all areas studied (50%)

Formal: One written examination of two hours duration on subject material presented in lectures (50%).

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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 completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the challenges faced by the professional musician in the 21st century
• Critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural and artistic significance across the broader community
• Appreciate how the arts connect with the broader society and culture

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation) (VCA)

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