• 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

Throughout history and across cultures, music has always been associated with the numinous from Gregorian chant to Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. But the notion of the spiritual also inspires musical responses ranging from the rhapsodic improvisations of John Coltrane through to the shakuhachi meditations of Zen monks. This course explores the profound relationship between music and spirituality, and asks whether this the basis for music’s universality? Learning and teaching activities will include lectures and tutorials.

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. Describe the interrelationships between music and spirituality from several theoretical perspectives;
  2. Summarise central issues and themes on music, religion, and spirituality, and present these themes coherently;
  3. Think, write about, and argue key concepts relating to the role of music and its function in spiritual and religious experiences; and
  4. Articulate clearly both through writing and discussion, the main issues that lie at the heart of music as a tool for religious and spiritual experiences.

Indicative Assessment

In-class exam (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Research essay of 3000 words on a topic provided at the beginning of semester, or approved by the course convenor (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 38 hours of contact:

    26 hours of lectures

    12 hours of tutorials

b) 92 hours of independent student research, reading and writing




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

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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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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