• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course will introduce students to the theoretical foundations and historical and critical significance of the key discourses via which we have come to understand how music creates and conveys meaning: music aesthetics, music semiotics, and music aesthetics. Western, non-Western and intercultural traditions are considered from common starting-points: music as structured sound; music as a psychoacoustic phenomenon; music and the body; music and identity, music and other arts. The course develops the student’s ability to formulate ideas about music informed by these fields

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Interpret musical practice as a communicative act within a variety of contexts
  2. Describe some of the fundamental concepts of music aesthetics, music semiotics, and music analysis.
  3. Research and document musical topics related to these fields using a wide range of sources
  4. Reflect, analyse, and critically evaluate musical issues
  5. Communicate about music using written, visual, oral and multimedia forms

Indicative Assessment

  • Two listening Tests (one hour each) (15% each) [learning outcomes 1-2]
  • Essay Plan (plus bibliography) (1200 words) (30%) [learning outcomes 1-5]
  • Essay (3000 words) (40%) [learning outcomes 1-5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a)39 hours of contact:

1. 26 hours of lectures (typically one per week)

2. 13 hours of tutorials or online equivalent

b) 91 hours of independent student research, reading and writing




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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There are no current offerings for this course.

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