• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Musicology, Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The Australian Music Studies course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills required to actively engage with  Australian music and its historical and contemporary cultural contexts. Students will analyse and critique a range of styles and genres that constitute Australian music using both sounding examples and contextual publications. Recurring images, narratives and signature musical traits and expressions will be examined and challenged in reference to how we sense our identity and place in Australian society today. This course focuses on the significance of an ongoing creation and articulation of Australian culture through our music.

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. analyse, critique and aurally identify the contribution of migrant peoples to the shaping of Australian music, from the colonial era to the present.
  2. identify and articulate (verbally and written form) the influences on our rock and pop music styles of the 1950s - 1970s, especially pertaining to Britain and the USA.
  3. examine and critique recurring images and narratives that exist within a range of Australian music styles, with reference to the congruous effects and tensions this symbolizes.
  4. aurally recognise and theoretically analyse signature musical traits and expressions in a range of styles and genres that constitute Australian music.

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 1-4

 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 over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI1105, or have equivalent level of musical proficiency as demonstrated by a placement test, or with permission of the convenor.

You will need to contact the School of Music to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Repertoire list and reader.




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
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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