Sounding Australia (MUSC2651)


This unit of study looks at how Australian music reflects, and to some extent, shapes our national identity. How does Australia sound itself as a nation? What stories about ourselves does our music tell? What are the characteristics of Australian music that are different and unique? How does our music situate Australia in a globalised community? Some indigenous music as well as music by non-indigenous composers will be studied. Selected Asian traditions may be examined alongside works by Australian composers reflecting such influence. It is sometimes possible to offer limited instruction in Indonesian gamelan performance.

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Further unit of study information


2 hour lecture and 1 hr tut/week


One 3000 word essay, or individual creative project (such as a composition) (60%); a listening test (20%); 2 on-line quizzes (10%); attendance and participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


18 Junior credit points

Assumed knowledge

An ability to read music at a basic level and an understanding of fundamental musical terminology would be an advantage in this unit of study but is not essential.



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.