• 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. Understandthe languages, forms, materials, and techniques of a wide range of musics;
  2. Recogniseand reflect critically on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply localand, international perspectives to practice in music;
  3. Developand evaluate musical, cultural, and artistic ideas, concepts and processes bythinking creatively, critically and reflectively, and through engaging withscholarship and research; and
  4. Communicatesophisticated ideas, problems and arguments to do with music and the arts inmodes 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 courses from the following list:

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)

MUSI1501 Aural Skills and Music Theory 1 (6 units)

MUSI1502 Aural Skills and Music Theory 2 (6 units)

MUSI1510 Materials of Music: Sound, Perception and Documentation (6 units)

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

INDG2002 Contemporary Australian Indigenous Music Studies (6 units)

MUSI2209 Music Recording and Production Techniques (6 units)

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

MUSI2220 Music Ensemble (6 units)

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

MUSI2503 Aural Skills and Music Theory 3 (6 units)

MUSI2504 Aural Skills and Music Theory 4 (6 units)

MUSI2507 Advanced Jazz Studies 1 (6 units)

MUSI2508 Advanced Jazz Studies 2 (6 units)

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

MUSI3309 - Music and Digital Media (6 units)

MUSI3310 - Music and Globalisation (6 units)

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

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

MUSI3318 - Sound Archiving (6 units)

MUSI3321 - Songwriting: concepts and craft (6 units)

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