This unit comprises an introduction to the music and dance expressions of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in their various geographical, historical, social and cultural settings. The Unit provides students with a broad understanding of Australian indigenous societies, past and present, and introduces them to issues of ethical responsibility involved in the study of Australian indigenous music and dance. It addresses a range of practical issues related to the incorporation of Australian indigenous music within school music education programs.
2 hr lecture/workshop per week
Readings/media items discussion group task (40%), Song performance task (45%), Participation, preparation and contribution (15%)