Analysis, History and Culture Studies Electives

Subject details

Other units of study listed in the Core section can also be taken as electives. Elective units require a minimum enrolment number to run.

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

CMPN3635 Writing Music for the Moving Image

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Felicity Wilcox Session: Semester 1 Classes: 6 x 1 hour lectures for the first six weeks; 6 x 2 hour tutorials thereafter Prerequisites: MUED1002 or MUSC2653 or MUED4002 Assessment: Written paper (20%), Presentation (30%), Final Music (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides a practical introduction to composing music for the screen.
Topics for discussion will include, but not be limited to: the relationship between image and sound, music as a force in dramatic narrative, important scores in cinema history, sound design, music for documentary film and drama, music for games, and non-commercial applications of music for image. Importantly, the course will focus on the practical aspects of film scoring relevant to establishing professional practice; both at a business level and at a technical level. Students in this unit of study must be fluent in sequencing and/or recording and/or music notation software.
CMPN4666 Advanced Analysis

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Matthew Hindson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hr seminar/lecture per week Prerequisites: MCGY4601 or with permission of the Coordinator Assessment: Class presentation (1000 words) (15%), Composition analysis (20%), Weekly readings reports (15%), Research Project (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed to equip students with a working knowledge of current music theory and analysis practice, impart analytical skills that can be applied across a broad spectrum of activities and different musical genres and types, and develop an understanding of related concepts such as what analysis actually is, different types of analysis (functional, descriptive, surface, aural/perceptual vs. score based) and an understanding of working at different levels of abstraction.
JAZZ3631 Music Business Skills

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: David Theak Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lect/wk Assessment: Press Kit (35%), Tour Plan (65%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Music Business Skills is designed to prepare graduating students for the non-musical aspects of their forthcoming career. The unit is designed as an overview of the many different facets of the music industry, including setting up a small music business (including GST/taxation overview and responsibilities), funding sources and alternatives, tour planning and budgeting, producing and designing promotional tools, dealing with record company's/music publishing, and other essential techniques and requirements of running a successful music business in today's competitive arts environment.
MCGY1019 Musicology Workshop 1

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2-hr seminar per week Corequisites: MCGY2603 Assessment: Presentation of semester paper (40%), reflective journal (40%), participation and short tasks (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Musicology Workshop provides a forum for discussion of musicological work, and gives students the opportunity to present their work in a seminar format and to discuss issues and methodology with the whole group, gaining practice in presentation and feedback. It also provides a broadening of students' experience in the field through contact with the work of others including that of staff, postgraduate students, and visiting speakers when available. Occasional class projects are held in which the whole group focuses on a project such as the discussion of a recent conference or performances, musicological issues or activities, or recent literature. Workshop classes may occasionally be held at other locations for attendance of special lectures or viewing of specialist collections. Students are expected occasionally to attend other musicological activities at the Conservatorium held at different times such as Musicology Research Seminars, the Musicology Colloquium Series and the Alfred Hook Lecture Series.
MCGY1020 Musicology Workshop 2

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2-hr seminar per week Prerequisites: MCGY1019 Corequisites: MCGY2604 Assessment: Presentation of semester paper (40%), reflective journal (40%), participation and short tasks (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Musicology Workshop provides a forum for discussion of musicological work, and gives students the opportunity to present their work in a seminar format and to discuss issues and methodology with the whole group, gaining practice in presentation and feedback. It also provides a broadening of students' experience in the field through contact with the work of others including that of staff, postgraduate students, and visiting speakers when available. Occasional class projects are held in which the whole group focusses on a project such as the discussion of a recent conference or performances, musicological issues or activities, or recent literature. Workshop classes may from time to time be held at other locations for attendance of special lectures or viewing of specialist collections. Students are expected occasionally to attend other musicological activities at the Conservatorium held at different times such as Musicology Research Seminars, the Musicology Colloquium Series and the Alfred Hook Lecture Series.
MCGY2018 Musicology Workshop 3

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: One 2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: MCGY1020 Corequisites: MCGY3605 or MCGY3620 Assessment: Presentation of semester paper (40%), workshop reports (40%), class participation and short tasks (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Musicology Workshop provides a forum for discussion of musicological work, and gives students the opportunity to present their work in a seminar format and to discuss issues and methodology with the whole group, gaining practice in presentation and feedback. It also provides a broadening of students' experience in the field through contact with the work of others including that of staff, postgraduate students, and visiting speakers when available. Occasional class projects are held in which the whole group focuses on a project such as the discussion of a recent conference or performances, musicological issues or activities, or recent literature. Workshop classes may from time to time be held at other locations for attendance of special lectures or viewing of specialist collections. Students are expected occasionally to attend other musicological activities at the Conservatorium held at different times such as Musicology Research Seminars, the Musicology Colloquium Series and the Alfred Hook Lecture Series.
MCGY2019 Musicology Workshop 4

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: One 2 hr seminar/week Prerequisites: MCGY2018 Corequisites: MCGY3606 or MCGY3622 Assessment: Presentation of semester paper (40%), workshop reports (40%), class participation and short tasks (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Musicology Workshop provides a forum for discussion of musicological work, and gives students the opportunity to present their work in a seminar format and to discuss issues and methodology with the whole group, gaining practice in presentation and feedback. It also provides a broadening of students' experience in the field through contact with the work of others including that of staff, postgraduate students, and visiting speakers when available. Occasional class projects are held in which the whole group focuses on a project such as the discussion of a recent conference or performances, musicological issues or activities, or recent literature. Workshop classes may from time to time be held at other locations for attendance of special lectures or viewing of specialist collections. Students are expected occasionally to attend other musicological activities at the Conservatorium held at different times such as Musicology Research Seminars, the Musicology Colloquium Series and the Alfred Hook Lecture Series.
MCGY3023 Musicology Workshop 5

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: One 2-hour seminar/wk Prerequisites: MCGY2019 Assessment: Presentation of semester paper (40%), workshop reports (40%), class participation and short tasks (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Musicology Workshop provides a forum for discussion of musicological work, and gives students the opportunity to present their work in a seminar format and to discuss issues and methodology with the whole group, gaining practice in presentation and feedback. It also provides a broadening of students' experience in the field through contact with the work of others including that of staff, postgraduate students, and visiting speakers when available. Occasional class projects are held in which the whole group focuses on a project such as the discussion of a recent conference or performances, musicological issues or activities, or recent literature. Workshop classes may from time to time be held at other locations for attendance of special lectures or viewing of specialist collections. Students are expected occasionally to attend other musicological activities at the Conservatorium held at different times such as Musicology Research Seminars, the Musicology Colloquium Series and the Alfred Hook Lecture Series.
MCGY3024 Musicology Workshop 6

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: One 2-hour seminar/wk Prerequisites: MCGY3023 Assessment: Presentation of research paper(s) (40%), workshop reports (40%), class participation and short tasks (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Musicology Workshop provides a forum for discussion of musicological work, and gives students the opportunity to present their work in a seminar format and to discuss issues and methodology with the whole group, gaining practice in presentation and feedback. It also provides a broadening of students' experience in the field through contact with the work of others including that of staff, postgraduate students, and visiting speakers when available. Occasional class projects are held in which the whole group focuses on a project such as the discussion of a recent conference or performances, musicological issues or activities, or recent literature. Workshop classes may from time to time be held at other locations for attendance of special lectures or viewing of specialist collections. Students are expected occasionally to attend other musicological activities at the Conservatorium held at different times such as Musicology Research Seminars, the Musicology Colloquium Series and the Alfred Hook Lecture Series.
MCGY2600 Advanced Harmony

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Lewis Cornwell Session: Semester 2 Classes: One 2-hour seminar/wk Prerequisites: MCGY2011 Prohibitions: MCGY2001, MCGY2000 Assessment: Four 25-bar musical assignments (75%); 30 minute seminar presentation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students in this unit will observe in detail a selection of Western musical styles and the work of particular composers, applying the knowledge thus gained by writing short compositions in the relevant styles. For the student with some creative inclinations, the activity of stylistic imitation offers unique insights into the music of any period. Topics for study will be selected according to the interests of the group, taking into account the need for a coherent and cumulative course structure.
MCGY2615 The Ultimate Art: 400 Years of Opera

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox (coordinator), Dr David Larkin, A/Prof Michael Halliwell Session: Semester 2 Classes: One x 1-hour lecture, One x 2-hour seminar/week Prerequisites: Two units from MCGY2611, MCGY2612, MCGY2613, MCGY2614 Assessment: Essay (40%), Presentation (30%), Listening tests (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Since its beginnings around 1600, no genre of Western art music has been more innovative or influential than opera. It has inspired devotion and disdain, and led to innumerable theoretical debates. In this unit, 400 years of changing operatic practices will be explored through a series of seminal works. These will be treated as documents of specific historical circumstances (including contemporaneous singing and staging practices), and as aesthetic objects which have been reinvented continuously down to the present.
MCGY3013 Late Beethoven Seminar

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Peter McCallum Session: Semester 2 Classes: One 2-hour seminar/wk Prerequisites: MCGY2612 or with permission of the coordinator Assumed knowledge: It is strongly recommended that students have completed MCGY2612, or have a sound knowledge of the Viennese Classical repertoire. Assessment: assignment, presentation, project and participation as specified in the course outline (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The aim of the unit is to examine the changes in the last 12 years of Beethoven's creative output, and discuss these in terms of a transition between what are traditionally called 'classic' and 'romantic' periods. This will be done through analysis, and the discussion of critical surveys, aesthetics and contemporary sources. Themes covered will include: Classicism/Romanticism. the compositional process. Beethoven and the fugue in the late style. Variations as transformations. The late quartets. The last 5 Piano Sonatas. Missa Solemnis. The 9th Symphony. Reception of Beethoven's late works.
MCGY3601 Analysis of Nineteenth-Century Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Richard Cohn Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 1 hour lecture; 1 x 2 hours of tutorial Prerequisites: MCGY2011 Assessment: 6 x Bi-Weekly Papers (15% each); In class Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Explore how 19th-century composers extended 18th-century chromatic and metric routines for new expressive purposes, and discovered new compositional syntaxes in those routines. Learn new terms and graphic techniques for classifying and representing harmonic and metric states characteristic of 19th-century music. Study systematic implications of analytical observations. Representation of analytical interpretations using economical and focused prose. Intensive study of compositions by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Wagner, Smetana, Dvorak, Debussy.
MCGY3603 Baroque Music: History and Performance

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alan Maddox Session: Semester 1 Classes: One 2-hour seminar per week Prerequisites: Assumed Knowledge: Knowledge of baroque music such as that gained from taking a foundation music history course covering the 17th and 18th centuries. Prohibitions: MCGY3003, MCGY3004 Assessment: Critical reading assignments (30%); seminar presentation or lecture-demonstration (20%), participation in class activities (10%); essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is open to all students who want to go beyond the overview gained in survey courses and investigate baroque music topics of their own choice in more depth. The course emphasises student participation and individual exploration. Students choose their own readings, using primary and secondary sources ranging from 17th and 18th-century treatises, manuscripts and other documents, to the latest critical writing by international scholars. Essay topics can cover any aspect of baroque music, for example performance practice, aesthetics, instruments, or studies of the music of particular composers, genres or places. Students can choose to share their findings either in a conventional class presentation or in a lecture-demonstration / performance.
MCGY3627 Paleography of Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kathleen Nelson Session: Semester 1 Classes: One 2-hour seminar/week Prerequisites: MCGY2611 or with permission of the coordinator Assumed knowledge: Knowledge of current musical notation is essential. Assessment: Assignments (50%); 2-hour examination (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Paleography of Music introduces principles and issues of some different types of western musical notation in use during the medieval and Renaissance periods, and contributes to the development of an understanding of original sources of music of these eras. Through studying original notations and sources, students can develop an understanding of the characteristics and problems of medieval and renaissance musical repertories not otherwise available. Students will transcribe from the original notations studied into modern musical notation. Among the notations to be studied are several chant notations including that of the musical sources of Hildegard of Bingen; white mensural notation as used in sources of fifteenth and sixteenth vocal polyphony with examples likely to include music by Dufay, Ockeghem and Byrd; French and Italian lute tablatures; and German keyboard tablatures.
MCGY3629 Romanticism and the Fantastic

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Larkin Session: Semester 1 Classes: One 2-hour seminar/wk Prerequisites: Assumed Knowledge: It is expected that students will have some knowledge of harmonic and formal practices up to 1850. Prohibitions: MCGY3029, MCGY3037 Assessment: Essay (30%); Listening test (20%); Analysis assignment (20%); In-class presentation (20%); Seminar participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will explore the fantastic as a central aspect of romanticism in its various manifestations, including the uncanny, the daemonic and the playful. In music, this meshes fruitfully with the older tradition of the fantasy, a genre which is similarly dependent on the imagination and the evasion of clear boundaries. A range of Lieder, operas, symphonic and solo instrumental works by composers such as Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schubert will be studied against the backdrop of literary and artistic innovations by Goethe, Hoffmann, Byron, and Friedrich. Theories of the fantastic by Todorov, Freud and others will also be examined.
MCGY3630 New Germans: Wagner and Liszt 1848-76

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Larkin Session: Semester 2 Classes: One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar/wk Prerequisites: Assumed Knowledge: It is expected that students will have some knowledge of harmonic and formal practices up to 1850. Assessment: Essay (40%); Listening tests (20%); In-class presentation (25%); Seminar participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The New German School was a controversial term coined in 1859 to legitimise the self-consciously progressive art of figures such as Wagner and Liszt. This course explores the music and aesthetic theories of these two composers against the backdrop of contemporary debates and reception politics. Their personal relationship will also be scrutinized in detail. Works to be studied include selections from Liszt's symphonic poems and piano works, Wagner's Tristan, Die Meistersinger and Ring tetralogy.
PERF2622 Professional Practice Internship

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Anna Reid Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: One seminar at the conclusion of program Prerequisites: 48 credit points from UG Music degree Assessment: Reflective journal completed in ePortfolio (50%), Seminar presentation (50%) Practical field work: Students will work a minimum or 6-9 hours per week Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study will enhance the students musical knowledge and learning through placement in a professional practice context within an arts sector environment. An Internship is a system of on-the-job training and as such, this unit of study will seek and select the most appropriate places for students to gain valuable experience and training in the Arts industry. These places may and will change from time to time and according to the students' interests and expertise and the availability of suitable hosts.

Arts Music Units

The Arts Music Unit of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is located at the Seymour Centre. Students from all faculties can enrol in these units. All classes are held on the main campus.
MUSC1506 Music in Western Culture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anne Boyd Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture and 1 hr tut/wk Prerequisites: Assumed knowledge: The ability to follow a musical score while listening to the music and some prior knowledge of elementary music theory. Prohibitions: MUSC1001, MUSC1502, MUSC1000 Assumed knowledge: The ability to follow a musical score while listening to the music and some prior knowledge of elementary music theory. Assessment: Tutorial work including a Listening Journal (40%), 2000 word essay (30%), 60 minute listening exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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?
MUSC1507 Sounds, Screens, Speakers: Music & Media

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr lecture and 1 tut/wk Prohibitions: MUSC1001, MUSC1502, MUSC1000 Assessment: Article summary, 1000 words (25%); Critical analysis, 1000 words (25%); Tutorial test, 500 words (10%); Final Project, 2,000 words(30%), attendance and participation (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Music has been dramatically shaped and reshaped by every major change in communications technology in the 20th century from vinyl discs to MP3s. In this unit of study we will analyse such issues as the ways in which the early recording industry transformed jazz, the blues and country music, how the presentation of music on radio and television changed the ways the music industry created new musical celebrities, and the challenges the music industry faces as digital technology transforms the creation, distribution and consumption of music.
MUSC1601 Mathematical Models of Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Richard Cohn Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tut/wk Prerequisites: Assumed Knowledge: Exposure to musical notation. Assessment: Four Problem Sets (15% each); Final Examination (30%); Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Must have the ability to read music.
Music was a branch of mathematics until the late 18th century, and the specificity and consistency of mathematical constructs can help modern musicians and listeners describe musical objects in new and imaginative ways. Algebra, modular arithmetic, set theory, graph theory, geometry, and topology enhance recognition and interrelation of musical rhythms, melodies, scales, and chords in a wide range of repertory.
MUSC2631 Music and Everyday Life

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr lecture/wk Prerequisites: 12 junior music credit points Prohibitions: MUSC2903 Assessment: Fieldwork project paper 3000 words (40%); ethnographic description of a musical event 1000 words (20%); two critical response paper (1000 words each) ( 30%), class presentations and participation (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is a requirement for Honours.
What can we learn from non-textual approaches to understanding music? The primary goal of this unit of study is to study music not as a composer, producer, performer, listener or audience member, but as an ethnographer. That is, analysing music through an observational, experiential and intellectual understanding of how people make and take meaning from music.
MUSC2651 Sounding Australia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anne Boyd Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour lecture and 1 hr tut/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Prohibitions: MCGY2614 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. Assessment: 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%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
MUSC2663 Survey of Film Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Wierzbicki Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tut/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Review assignments 2,000 words (30%), final paper 2,500 words (50%), participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an introductory survey of the history and aesthetics of film music from the late 1890s to the present day. Topics for discussion will include the dramatic function of music as an element of cinematic narrative, the codification of musical iconography in cinematic genres, the symbolic use of pre-existing music, and the evolving musical styles of film composers.
MUSC2664 Popular Music and the Moving Image

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour seminar/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Musical analysis 1000 words (20%); industrial critique 1000 words (20%);Listening and viewing test (20%); Final Project 3,000 words (30%); Participation (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The range of media channels through which we experience popular music has proliferated in recent years. The emotive power of music is used to tell stories, sell products and connect people to one another. This unit of study will analyse the use of popular music in a broad range of multimedia forms from film and television to video games and the use of digital media to disseminate a multitude of musical multimedia productions.
MUSC2679 Spirituality as Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anne Boyd Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr/wk and 1hr/tut Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Listening/short answer test (1500 words) (30%) ; Seminar Presentation (20%);Individual Project as extended essay, or composition or performance accompanied by a shorter reflective essay (4500 words ) (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This 'survey' unit of study presents a diverse range of music, written and performed as a response to spiritual traditions, using the methods of depth psychology. The survey will include examples of music created in response to Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam, as well as Earth-based religions such as Australian Indigenous traditions. The focus will be upon the music rather than religion. Listening will provide the main framework for study.
MUSC2694 Survey of World Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Wierzbicki Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hr lecture, 1 hr tut/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Brief reports (30%), Tutorial work including participation (20%), Final paper 3,000 words (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study focuses on sources of the 'world music' genre; surveying such regions as the Arab world, Aboriginal Australia, Indonesia, south and east Asia, the Arctic regions, North and South America and sub-Saharan Africa. It examines the music of these non-Western cultures and also the function of that music within society. The ability to read music notation is not required.
MUSC3609 Musicology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Wierzbicki Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr seminar/wk Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points in music, or by arrangement with the coordinator Prohibitions: MUSC3904 Assessment: Written assessments (50%), weekly summaries of readings (30%), participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is a requirement for Honours.
What do we study when we study music? What kinds of stories do we tell about the history of music? What are the central issues, questions, and concerns that drive the study of music? This unit of study will begin to answer these questions and provide an overview of historical musicology as an academic discipline. In addition, students will also learn and practice the research skills necessary to find and evaluate sources, and to define and develop an area of interest. These skills will provide a solid foundation for the independent research work necessary in the Honours year.
MUSC3639 Music Journalism

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Wierzbicki Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 hr lecture, 1 hr tut/week. Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Exercises in music journalism and reviewing 4,000 words (50%), final paper 2,000 words (30%), participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Even as the 'Age of Newspapers' seems to be coming to an end, human beings' need for authoritative commentary on music remains as strong as ever. Along with surveying the history of music journalism from the early eighteenth century up to the present day, this unit of study offers participants the chance to try their hands at various forms of music journalism.
MUSC3699 Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Wierzbicki Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr lecture, 1 hr tut/wk Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Analyses eq. 1,500 words (30%), final paper 3,000 words (50%), tutorial participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study deals with the different ways in which we comprehend music and with the different ways in which that comprehension might be explained. It deals with modes of hearing and musical analysis for the purpose of leading students towards a deeper knowledge of how music in various genres (ranging from the classical mainstream to the twentieth-century avant-garde, from Tin Pan Alley songs to punk rock and hip-hop) is understood. A good working knowledge of musical terminology and vocabulary is required. This is the required unit of study for a music major in an Arts degree.

Popular Music Studies

MUSC2664 Popular Music and the Moving Image

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour seminar/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Musical analysis 1000 words (20%); industrial critique 1000 words (20%);Listening and viewing test (20%); Final Project 3,000 words (30%); Participation (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The range of media channels through which we experience popular music has proliferated in recent years. The emotive power of music is used to tell stories, sell products and connect people to one another. This unit of study will analyse the use of popular music in a broad range of multimedia forms from film and television to video games and the use of digital media to disseminate a multitude of musical multimedia productions.
MUSC1507 Sounds, Screens, Speakers: Music & Media

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr lecture and 1 tut/wk Prohibitions: MUSC1001, MUSC1502, MUSC1000 Assessment: Article summary, 1000 words (25%); Critical analysis, 1000 words (25%); Tutorial test, 500 words (10%); Final Project, 2,000 words(30%), attendance and participation (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Music has been dramatically shaped and reshaped by every major change in communications technology in the 20th century from vinyl discs to MP3s. In this unit of study we will analyse such issues as the ways in which the early recording industry transformed jazz, the blues and country music, how the presentation of music on radio and television changed the ways the music industry created new musical celebrities, and the challenges the music industry faces as digital technology transforms the creation, distribution and consumption of music.