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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jonathan McIntosh


Through the study of selected musics from around the world, this unit explores the ways in which culture shapes the philosophies, techniques, organising principles and concepts of musical performance. By analysing performers, audiences, texts and technologies, the unit also investigates specific musical practices in order to generate broader questions about music. How do musicians learn? What does music tell us about culture? What is the musical event? These are some of the questions that will be examined in the unit. The unit is open to all students with an interest in music. No prior musical experience required.


Upon completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Understand and articulate some of the philosophies, techniques, organising principles and concepts of selected musics from around the world;
  2. Develop critical and reflective thinking skills about the relationships between music, music making and culture with reference to selected musics from around the world; 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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