Music Language 3: Modern Directions

Subject MUSI30046 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jan-2016 to 14-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2016
Census Date 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Feb-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


MUSI20061 Music Language 2: Chromaticism and Beyond



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.


Prof Stuart Greenbaum


Subject Coordinator:

Summer semester: Ade Vincent (

Subject Overview:

This subject provides an overview of the principal compositional styles and techniques found in twentieth-century Western music. Students are required to write five brief original compositions in specific modern styles. There will be a short-answer test including set work recognition (listening), and information and techniques covered in lectures. There will also be a scales test.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the principal 20th-century techniques
  • understand and articulate the historical context in which they emerged
  • compose short pieces using these techniques
  • appreciate the skills and challenges of the compositional process

Five practical assignments written during the semester (70% = 14% each); short-answer test held in the examination period (15%); scales test to be held in the examination period (5%); attendance, participation, and direction of the class ensemble in performing the assignments (10%).

All components must be attempted in order to pass this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have the ability to:

  • absorb and analyse models and replicate them
  • connect modes of communication with contexts in which they arise

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Music (Practical Music)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition Stream (B-MUS version 4 only)
Performance Stream (B-MUS Version 4 only)
Performance/ Composition/ Musicology/ Ethnomusicology Specialisation (B-MUS Version 5 only)

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