• 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:

  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; and
  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

  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 2,4]
  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: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.

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

Inherent Requirements

N/A minor amendments

Prescribed Texts

N/A minor amendments

Preliminary Reading

Repertoire list with accompanying reader.




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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3600
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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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
6793 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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