• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Minor code POMU-MIN

The Popular Music Minor introduces students to the musical, historical and contextual aspects of both western and non-western popular musics. As one of the most transformative cultural phenomena of the 20th Century, this minor focuses on the now globally recognized academic disciplines of popular musicology (the analysis of popular music) and popular music studies (cultural meaning of popular music). Students have the opportunity to pursue focused studies on popular music, to include Indigenous music, folk, R&B, pop, hip hop, dance & EDM, rock and jazz. Additionally, the Popular Music Minor provides students with the opportunity to develop their popular music performance practice.  

Learning Outcomes

  1. comprehend the historical and chronological trajectories of 20th Century popular music;
  2. situate popular musics in their wider cultural, political, sociological and geographical contexts;
  3. apply discipline-specific tools and techniques to the analysis of popular music; and
  4. identify musical, cultural and praxial aesthetics of multiple 20th Century popular music genres.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MUSI2228 Music from 1900 to the Present: A Century of Crisis and Change (6 units)

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

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

INDG2002 Contemporary Australian Indigenous Music Studies (6 units)

MUSI2220 Music Ensemble (6 units)

MUSI2225 Australian Music Culture Studies (6 units)

MUSI3310 Music and Globalisation (6 units)

MUSI3321 Songwriting: concepts and craft (6 units)

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