ATS1346 - Music and culture - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Dr Adrian McNeil

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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 the unit, students are able to:

  1. Recognise and articulate some of the philosophies, techniques, organising principles and concepts of select musics from around the world.
  2. Locate, analyse and evaluate scholarly sources pertinent to an ethnomusicology research project
  3. Demonstrate academic research, writing and oral communication skills by undertaking an ethnomusicology research project.


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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