Music History 3:Impressionism to Present

Subject MUSI30249 (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:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Musical literacy, to a standard equivalent to AMEB grade 4 or higher.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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 may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Linda Kouvaras


Linda Kouvaras

Subject Overview:

In this subject, we explore representative styles of Western art music from 1900 to the present. The music will be examined from a number of perspectives including nationalist and internationalist currents, modernist tendencies and the quest for order and disorder, and with reference to wider socio-cultural contexts. The music of Australia will also be studied in relation to corresponding global trends.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • understand and contextualise music from the 20th century to the present
  • undertake basic scholarly work using the bibliographic tools of music to discus the music of the period covered
  • develop critical listening/score-reading skills for engagement with the music of the period
  • Tutorial assignment 1 (400 words), Week 4 (10%)
  • Tutorial assignment 2 (400 words), Week 7 (10%)
  • Tutorial assignment 3 (400 words), Week 10 (10%)
  • Essay (2000 words), Week 12 (50%)
  • Listening test (1 hour), held during the examination period (20%)
Prescribed Texts:
  • The Norton Anthology of Western Music, 6th ed., vol.3, eds. J. Peter Burkholder, Claude V. Palisca (New York: Norton, 2009)
  • a Reader, which will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop
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 will have developed:

  • a capacity for independent critical thought
  • an openess to new ideas
  • knowledge, skills and practices which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition Stream (B-MUS version 4 only)
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects
Musicology/Ethnomusicology 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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