Music in Western Culture (MUSC1506)


This unit will study a range of today's popular classics with a view to understanding how musical meaning is constructed in relation to the development of tonality and other European stylistic conventions from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. It will consider questions about how the Western art music tradition has been constructed through history. What are the social factors at work? How does music reflect the minds of its creators and create meaning? How does music reflect the minds of its creators and create meaning?

Further unit of study information


2hr lecture and 1 hr tut/wk


Tutorial work including a Listening Journal (40%), 2000 word essay (30%), 60 minute listening exam (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

The ability to follow a musical score while listening to the music and some prior knowledge of elementary music theory.


MUSC1000 or MUSC1001 or MUSC1502

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.