Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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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
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Joel Crotty


Through the study of selected representative musical works from the Western art music canon, this unit explores the historical conditions under which music was produced and the purposes it served for composers, performers, patrons and the public. Musical works are studied in terms of their historical, structural and stylistic characteristics.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and articulate some of the historical forces that shaped the major strands of Western art music through studying selected representative works;
  2. Develop critical and reflective thinking skills about music and music making with reference to Western art music; and,
  3. Demonstrate a range of effective study and transferable skills, including: time management, close reading, note-taking, guided research, academic referencing and examination revision.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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