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Unit description

Explores the fundamental elements involved in the historical development of contemporary music styles and introduces foundation concepts of musicology and ethnomusicology. Students will participate in weekly tutorials and workshops and engage with a range of musical cultures.

Unit content

  • The physics of sound and human sound cognition.
     
  • Ancient musical cultures and aural musical traditions.
     
  • Music scale systems, instrumentation and notation.
     
  • Western Art music traditions.
     
  • African American music traditions.
     
  • The emergence of popular music and the music industry.
 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1explain fundamental concepts relating to the physics of sound and the neurology of human sound perception
2describe the historical development of global musical cultures and factors that influenced the emergence of specific musical styles of popular and contemporary music
3identify prominent stylistic features of a range of popular music styles
4utilise specific research methodologies employed in the analysis of global musical styles and cultures.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain fundamental concepts relating to the physics of sound and the neurology of human sound perception
  2. describe the historical development of global musical cultures and factors that influenced the emergence of specific musical styles of popular and contemporary music
  3. identify prominent stylistic features of a range of popular music styles
  4. utilise specific research methodologies employed in the analysis of global musical styles and cultures.

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
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Prescribed Resources/Equipment
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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Take-home test45%
Presentation and Critique30%
Quiz25%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Take-home test45%
Presentation and Critique30%
Quiz25%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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