• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code MUSY-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Musicology major gives students the opportunity to develop a deep and sophisticated understanding of the cultural, historical, theoretical, and analytical situation of music across a variety of cultures and historical periods. Students complete two compulsory first-year courses which introduce the notion of inquiry-based musical scholarship, both of the traditional academic kind, and also purely musical modes of inquiry such as interpretation, improvisation, transcription and analysis. Thereafter, a wide range of academic music courses are available to students for them to complete the required 36 units of later-year music study. The courses available allow sufficient specialization for students to focus on a particular area - for instance musicological research, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, music criticism – and gain a robust preparation for Honours and further research in that area.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Musicology major will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate high-level skills and knowledge of the languages, forms, materials, and techniques of a wide range of musics;
  2. Develop and evaluate musical, cultural, and artistic ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively, and through engaging with genuine scholarship and recent research;
  3. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments to do with music and the arts in modes suited to a wide range of audiences, informed by sophisticated inquiry and scholarship;
  4. Recognise and reflect on complex social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in music.

Relevant Degrees

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
MUSI1104 Turning Points in Music History 1: A Millennium of Metamorphoses (900-1900) 6
MUSI1109 Turning Points in Music History 2: A Century of Crisis and Change (1900-2013) 6

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
MUSI2205 Music Performance Project 6
MUSI2209 Music Recording and Production Techniques 6
MUSI2211 Writing about Music 6
MUSI2212 Music and Spirituality 6
MUSI2213 Indigenous Music and Media 6
MUSI2215 A Critical History of Rock 6
MUSI2217 A History of Jazz 6
  MUSI 2218: Music and Meaning
MUSI2222 Music in the Long 19th Century: From Classicism to Modernism 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
MUSI3310 Music and Globalisation 6
MUSI3313 Music Research Project 6
MUSI3316 Historically Informed Performance in Theory and Practice 6
MUSI3317 Popular Music: In Culture and in Context 6
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