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

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

  1. Understand the languages, forms, materials, and techniques of a wide range of musics;
  2. Recognise and reflect critically on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and, international perspectives to practice in music;
  3. 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
  4. 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 the completion of the following course(s):

MUSI1105 - Music Theory & Aural Skills 1 (6 units)

MUSI1106 - Music Theory & Aural Skills 2 (6 units)

MUSI1109 - Music from 1900 to the Present: A Century of Crisis and Change (6 units)

MUSI1110 - Introduction to Music Technology (6 units)

MUSI1113 - Introduction to Ethnomusicology (6 units)

A maximum of 30 units from the completion of the following list:

MUSI2211 - Writing about Music 1: Styles and Theories (6 units)

MUSI2209 - Music Recording and Production Techniques (6 units)

MUSI2204 - Music Theory & Aural Skills 4 (6 units)

MUSI2203 - Music Theory & Aural Skills 3 (6 units)

MUSI2220 - Music Ensemble (6 units)

MUSI2222 - Music in the Long 19th Century: From Classicism to Modernism (6 units)

INDG2002 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Music Studies (6 units)

MUSI2225 - Australian Music Culture Studies (6 units)

MUSI2226 - Composition for Film and Video Games (6 units)

MUSI2227 - Music, Sound and the Moving Image (6 units)

6 - 36 units from the completion of the following:

MUSI3309 - Music and Digital Media (6 units)

MUSI3313 - Writing about Music 2: Sources and Methods (6 units)

MUSI3310 - Music and Globalisation (6 units)

MUSI3317 - Popular Music: In Culture and in Context (6 units)

MUSI3318 - Sound Archiving (6 units)

MUSI3319 - Music Theory & Aural Skills 5 (6 units)

MUSI3320 - Music Theory & Aural Skills 6 (6 units)

MUSI3321 - Songwriting: concepts and craft (6 units)

MUSI3322 - Advanced Jazz Studies 1 (6 units)

MUSI3323 - Advanced Jazz Studies 2 (6 units)

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