• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Musicology, Music

The Contemporary Australian Indigenous Music Studies course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to interact with Australian Indigenous music in its contexts inclusive of narratives and issues pertinent to the music and its peoples. Students will examine a range of protocols and TCEs (traditional cultural expressions) that serve to inform them in their research and practical assignments and/or engagements with Australian Indigenous music. A comprehensive study of contemporary Australian Indigenous music styles and aural analysis of the same serves to introduce students to a widening cultural biography and a living culture with which they can have relationship. 

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Identify and explain aspects of 'traditional' Australian Indigenous music.
  2. Analyse and critique Australian Indigenous music with reference to style, aural awareness, context, narratives and issues.
  3. Identify and explain aspects of Australian policy pertaining to our Indigenous people in the C20th, and how it has shaped content in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander music.
  4. Actively engage with Australian Indigenous peoples and their songs, and from a culturally informed position pertaining to protocols and TCEs (traditional cultural practices), in either information or performance environments.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

Analysis/Essay, 2000 words (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

 Oral Presentation, 15 minutes (20%) Learning Outcomes 2-4

Final Examination, 2 hours (held during the formal examination period) (40%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

 a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.

 b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Preliminary Reading

Repertoire list with accompanying reader.




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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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6067 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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