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

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:

  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; and
  4. aurally recognise and theoretically analyse signature musical traits and expressions in a range of styles and genres that constitute Australian music.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Analysis/Essay, 2000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Oral Presentation, 15 minutes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final Examination, 2 hours (held during the formal examination period) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.

Prescribed Texts

N/A minor amendments

Preliminary Reading

Repertoire list and reader.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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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
5925 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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