Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Adrian McNeil


Previously coded MUS2910


This unit will introduce students to a sample of music genres from Africa which demonstrate underlying social and musical principles of African music. A series of performance sessions in African drum ensembles will present principles of polyrhythmic structures in selected genres.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have:

  1. A practical knowledge of a variety of performance issues in the musical traditions of sub-Saharan Africa
  2. A knowledge of the history, musical styles and socio-cultural function of different African genres
  3. A knowledge of the formation of modern African popular music genres and their musical, social and political foundation.


Written (2500 words): 70%
Exam (2 hours): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study