• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Major code MUSC-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Music major gives students the opportunity to pursue high-level studies in music. The key objective of the major is to develop students' deep and sophisticated understanding of one or more of the cultural, historical, theoretical, and analytical situation of music across a variety of cultures and historical periods. Students may also choose a focus on music education or music technology. The Music major allows sufficient specialisation for students to focus on a particular area – for instance musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis – and gain a robust preparation for Honours and further research in that area. 

Learning outcomes

Students completing the Music major will be able to:

  • Understand the languages, forms, materials, and techniques of a wide range of musics;
  • Recognise and reflect critically on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and, international perspectives to practice in music;
  • Develop and evaluate musical, cultural, and artistic ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively, and through engaging with scholarship and research; and
  • Communicate sophisticated ideas, problems and arguments to do with music and the arts in modes suited to a range of audiences.
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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
MUSI1105 Music Theory & Aural Skills 1 6
MUSI1106 Music Theory & Aural Skills 2 6
MUSI1109 Turning Points in Music History 2: A Century of Crisis and Change (1900 to the Present) 6
MUSI1110 Introduction to Music Technology 6

A maximum of 30 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
MUSI2203 Music Theory & Aural Skills 3 6
MUSI2204 Music Theory & Aural Skills 4 6
MUSI2205 Music Project 6
MUSI2209 Music Recording and Production Techniques 6
MUSI2211 Writing about Music 1: Styles and Theories 6
MUSI2213 Introduction to Ethnomusicology 6
MUSI2215 A Critical History of Rock 6
MUSI2217 A History of Jazz 6
MUSI2220 Music Ensemble 6
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
MUSI3309 Music and Digital Media 6
MUSI3310 Music and Globalisation 6
MUSI3312 Music Business, Management and Law 6
MUSI3313 Writing about Music 2: Sources and Methods 6
MUSI3316 Historically Informed Performance in Theory and Practice 6
MUSI3317 Popular Music: In Culture and in Context 6
MUSI3318 Sound Archiving 6
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