In the Groove

Subject MUSI30003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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:

This subject examines the history and the musical and social effects of recorded sound and changing technologies on performers, listeners and consumers in both western and non-western cultures.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the cultural and social implications of the history of recording technology and recorded music
  • A sophisticated awareness of how technology has changed the ways people listen to, make and consume music
  • A reasoned understanding of how recording technology has changed research in music
  • Increased abilities in research skills: critical reading and scholarly writing.

A journal of weekly readings and assigned tasks due at the end of the semester (40%); a class presentation (20%); an independent research project of 2000 words due at the end of semester (40%).

Prescribed Texts:

The readings for this subject will be available on-line through the LMS prior to the commencement of the 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 be able to

  • make critical, informed and sophisticated responses to new ideas, methodologies and theoretical frameworks
  • integrate a reflective knowledge and an informed understanding of cross-cultural and intercultural concepts and behaviours into their professional and intellectual lives
  • conduct independent ethnographic and secondary research
  • write in a scholarly manner.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Academic Electives
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects
Related Breadth Track(s): Popular Music
Music outside the western tradition

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