Master of Music units of study

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Master of Music

Composition

CMPN5001 Creative Work (Composition) 1

Credit points: 16 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Damien Ricketson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 12 hours of individual supervision over the semester. Assessment: Creative Work presentation (15 - 30 mins) with formative feedback about research, presentation and composition skills from the supervisory team and UoS Coordinator; formative feedback for work presented at Postgraduate Creative Research seminar. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit of Study offers students a scaffolded experience that will help them to develop research skills and ability to embed, articulate and demonstrate research through and in the form of a composition portfolio. Under the guidance of a supervisory team, the student will initially plan and propose the semester¿s creative work project work for approval. This would normally be composition-based research output related to the student's overarching research topic. Following the project's development through the semester, the student will present the work undertaken in an appropriate format at the end of semester for formative feedback. Students will attend the weekly multidisciplinary Postgraduate Creative Research seminar which will provide regular opportunities to present creative work research and to explore and hone presentation skills.
CMPN5002 Creative Work (Composition) 2

Credit points: 16 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Damien Ricketson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 12 hours of individual supervision over the semester. Prerequisites: CMPN5001 Assessment: Creative Work presentation (30 ¿ 50 mins) for jury assessment and formative feedback about research, presentation and composition skills; formative feedback for work presented at Postgraduate Creative Research seminar. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Following the completion of CMPN5001, CMPN5002 offers students a scaffolded experience that will help them further to develop research skills and ability to embed, articulate and demonstrate research through and in the form of a composition portfolio. Under the guidance of a supervisory team, the student will initially plan and propose the semester¿s creative work project work for approval. This would normally be composition-based research output related to the student's overarching research topic and may build on work done in CMPN5001. Following the project's development through the semester, the student will present the work undertaken in an appropriate format at the end of semester for jury assessment. Students will attend the weekly multidisciplinary Postgraduate Creative Research seminar which will provide regular opportunities to present creative work research and to explore and hone presentation skills.
PERF5600 Graduate Research Methods

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hour seminar/week or equivalent Assessment: Assignments include research statement, literature review, seminar/poster presentation and, written project proposal (or other written task agreed with lecturer) (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course is designed to prepare students for undertaking their own research projects in music. It will introduce and develop students' awareness of recent musical scholarship and research methodologies and equip students with skills to design and conduct research across a wide variety of musical topics. Students will begin exploration of the topic area that is the intended focus for their research during their degree. Students will situate their performance/composition research in the current field and present their research proposals to students and staff for discussion.

Music Education

MUED5008 Music Education Research Methods 1

Credit points: 16 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Kathryn Marsh Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr seminar/wk Assessment: Annotated Bibliography (30%); Literature review (50%); preliminary research proposal (10%); participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The aims of this unit of study are to develop an understanding of music education research processes, and to identify research methods suitable for individual students' research topics. In this unit of study, students examine a range of music education research paradigms which can broadly be categorised as qualitative or quantitative, and are introduced to related research procedures. Readings and seminar activities are designed to facilitate students' critical analysis of research in terms of the relevant research methods. Students will also develop strategies for locating and reviewing literature pertaining to their fields of research interest. At the culmination of this course, students will submit a preliminary literature review and preliminary proposal as the initial phase in the preparation of their research.
MUED5016 Music Education Research Methods 2

Credit points: 16 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Kathryn Marsh Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr seminar per week or individual consultations Prerequisites: MUED5008 Assessment: Research proposal (50%); ethics documentation (30%); seminar report on research topic (10%); seminar and consultation attendance and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study consolidates and extends skills acquired in Research Methods 1. The first objective is to acquaint students with a variety of data analysis procedures employed in music education research. Evolving skills will be extended through practical tasks in which students examine and apply a range of data analysis procedures. A further objective is the completion of a research proposal. Through ongoing reading and critical evaluation of related research literature, students will prepare a research proposal for implementation in the final year of the program. Ethical issues in music education research are an adjunct area of study, and students will submit all documentation required for ethics approval for their proposed research.

Musicology

MCGY5600 Critical Discourses in Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Larkin Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar/week Assumed knowledge: Because of the difficulty of the material, fluency in written and spoken English is required, and general familiarity with academic discourse about Western Art Music will be assumed. Assessment: 8 x summaries of readings (40%), 2 x critical evaluations of readings (20%), 1 x research essay (40%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores some of the most important theories on music and culture. It will introduce students to scholarly discourses and critical thinking potentially relevant to their own research. It will address questions such as what are we doing when we analyse music; how does our view of history shape our hearing and understanding; does music articulate collective human experience; etc. Topics covered include historiography, memory, musical analysis, semiotics, narrative theory, gender and sexuality, national identity, genre theory and hermeneutics.
MCGY5601 Music Through Ethnography

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michael Webb Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 x 2hrs per week Assessment: Written reports (30%); music transcriptions (10%); Analyses (15%); ethnographic interview (15%); Short field recording (10%); summary reflection/projection (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
As an analytical method, ethnography concentrates on the experience of life as it is lived. Following the development of the fieldwork-based discipline of ethnomusicology, ethnographic approaches to music have come to examine: historical and archival data, objects and artefacts in collections, cyber networks, digital communications, and medical and therapeutic understandings of sound, among other aspects of everyday life. This unit of study engages ethnographic methodologies to examine the myriad ways music informs and enriches people's lives and contributes to defining how humans flourish in their natural, social and cultural environments.
PERF5031 Methods of Music Analysis

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: David Larkin Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour seminar/week. Assessment: Analysis portfolio (60%), Research essay 2,000 words (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed to introduce students to the current state of music analysis, and to enable them to develop expertise in analytical methodologies relevant to their research interests. A range of analytical approaches to Western Art Music 1700-1945 will be explored in the seminars, including systematic consideration of chromatic harmony; Formenlehre theories and their recent offshoot, 'deformation' theory; pitch-based analysis of (post-tonal music); and narrative and semiotic approaches. The focus of the course will be balanced between theoretical exposition of the principles involved, and practical applications of the various methods to relevant repertoire.
MCGY5603 Music as Social Science

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture per week Assessment: Readings and Class Discussions (20%); Research Method Design and Pilot (20%); Poster Presentation (20%); Written Report (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Empirical research in music performance employs a variety of innovative methods to investigate music teaching, performing and perception. Knowledge of current areas of research and the techniques used to investigate them is relevant to all music researchers. This unit of study will focus on recent social science methods to investigate music practice with an emphasis on musically and pedagogically driven research. Students will be introduced to different types of experimental study designs, methods of data capture, perceptual and acoustic techniques and acquire new skills and knowledge to approach interdisciplinary studies in music performance.

Performance

PERF5001 Creative Work (Performance) 1

Credit points: 16 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 13hrs of instrumental tuition/semester or equivalent, and other supervision and performance as appropriate, including attendance and two performances at Performance Seminar or equivalent. Assessment: Creative Work presentation (15 - 30 mins) with formative feedback about research, presentation and performance skills from the supervisory team and UoS Coordinator; formative feedback for work presented at Postgraduate Creative Research seminar. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students work with the teacher/supervisor on development of their performance skills and repertoire as appropriate to their instrument and performance research goals. The work for the semester will be planned at the beginning of the semester taking into account longer term goals for the research program in the degree. Research and performance objectives and a semester outline will be devised and approved in consultation between the student, the teacher/supervisor(s) and the unit coordinator.
PERF5002 Creative Work (Performance) 2

Credit points: 16 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Neal Peres Da Costa Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 13hrs of instrumental tuition/semester or equivalent, and other supervision and performance as appropriate, including attendance and two performances at Performance Seminar or equivalent. Prerequisites: PERF5001 Assessment: Creative Work presentation (30 ¿ 50 mins) for jury assessment and formative feedback about research, presentation and performance skills; formative feedback for work presented at Postgraduate Creative Research seminar. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students work with the teacher/supervisor on further development of their performance skills and repertoire as appropriate to their instrument and performance research goals. The work for the semester will be planned at the beginning of the semester taking into account longer term goals for the research program in the degree. Research and performance objectives and a semester outline will be devised and approved in consultation between the student, the teacher/supervisor(s) and the unit coordinator.
PERF5600 Graduate Research Methods

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Helen Mitchell Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hour seminar/week or equivalent Assessment: Assignments include research statement, literature review, seminar/poster presentation and, written project proposal (or other written task agreed with lecturer) (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course is designed to prepare students for undertaking their own research projects in music. It will introduce and develop students' awareness of recent musical scholarship and research methodologies and equip students with skills to design and conduct research across a wide variety of musical topics. Students will begin exploration of the topic area that is the intended focus for their research during their degree. Students will situate their performance/composition research in the current field and present their research proposals to students and staff for discussion.