Languages of Music 1.1

Subject MUSI10106 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

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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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 is a study of harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and formal structures which form the fundamental basis of the western musical canon, embracing musical genres and styles directly relevant to current repertoire. It is seen as crucial to the active musician in ensuring that the music played is understood from both a practical and intellectual perspective.

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 an/or a regularly updated journal of activities embracing all areas studied (50%) - Hurdle requirement 80% attendance.

Formal: One written test of approximately 2 hours on subject matter as presented in lectures and tutorials (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

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