Music

About the major

The Music major has a distinguished record of music scholarship, composition and teaching, producing many of Australia’s leading music professionals. Its aim is to enrich Australia through a unique multicultural music education, broadly based in studies of society, culture and performance.

The curriculum for the major in Music allows students to study Composition, Musicology, Popular Music, Music and Media, and Performance in ways that are broadly integrated with one another across the curriculum as well as within individual units of study. A wide range of units of study are offered which are designed for both intending professional musicians, students with broad interests in the study of music in culture, and students who will pursue other careers. This means that students can pursue projects in which their music practice can be integrated with the study of history or media or other major. The major offers a variety of pathways to a vast array of rewarding careers such as composing, arranging, and performing music for theatre, concert, film, and media, writing about music as a journalist, commentator, critic, or media professional, or arts administration, including curating, marketing, festival and venue management.

Requirements for completion

A major in Music requires 48 credit points from the Music Units of Study table including:
(i) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective units from Analysis, History and Culture Studies units
(ii) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective units from Music Skills: Music Theory and Aural Skills units
(iii) 12 credit points of 2000-level selective units
(iv) 18 credit points of 3000-level units of study including core unit: MUSC3699 Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project unit: PERF3640 Industry and Community Projects

A minor in Music requires 36 credit points from the Music Units of Study table including:
(i) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective unit from Analysis, History and Culture Studies units
(ii) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective unit from Music Skills: Music Theory and Aural Skills units
(iii) 12 credit points of 2000-level selective units
(iv) 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units

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No. Learning outcome
1 Analyse music presented aurally and in notation, and will have realised that knowledge in creative tasks.
2 Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history of various traditions of both popular and classical music.
3 Demonstrate the ability to analyse, interpret or express important musical concepts. This may be done in the form of musicological analysis, musical performance or composition.
4 Utilize an understanding of a variety of analytical approaches to understanding and interpretation of music and musical practices using appropriate methods and sources, and subsequently the ability to link musical practices to the social contexts in which they were created.
5 Evaluate the prevalent principles, standards, values and boundaries of current music knowledge.
6 Exercise critical thinking in creating new understandings and practices of music analysis, music composition, music education, music history, music technology or music performance.
7 Demonstrate the ability to work effectively across discipline boundaries, applying skills and knowledge from the Music major to issues encountered in an interdisciplinary context.
Honours

Admission to Honours is via the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and requires the completion of 48 credit points of Music units with an average of 75 percent or above.

Prior to commencing honours, you will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and a second major.

Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the Music honours units of study page.

Example pathways

Music History and Musicology

1st Year:

Music in Western Culture

Fundamentals 1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year:

Philosophy of Music

Music and Politics

 

 

3rd Year:

Music Traditions and Globalisation

Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing

Musicology

Industry and Community Projects


Composition

1st Year

This is Music

Fundamentals  1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year

Fundamentals of Music 4 or Introduction to Digital Music Techniques

Composition Workshop

 

 

3rd Year

Advanced Digital Music Techniques

Rhythms and Sounds of Latin America

Understanding Music

Industry and Community Project


Performance

1st Year

This is Music

Fundamentals  1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year

Music Performance

Music Ensembles Performance

 

 

3rd Year

Music in Public: Performance and Power

Rhythms and Sounds of Latin America

Understanding Music

Industry and Community Project

Contemporary Music Practice

1st Year:

Sounds, Screens, Speakers

Fundamentals 1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year:

Popular Music

Australian Popular Music

 

 

3rd Year:

Popular Music and the Moving Image

Music in Public: Performance and Power

Understanding Music

Industry and Community Projects

Music and Media

1st Year:

Sounds, Screens, Speakers

Fundamentals  1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year:

Popular Music

A Global Sound

 

 

3rd Year:

Popular Music and the Moving Image

Music Journalism

Understanding Music

Industry and Community Project

4th Year:

Popular Music and Media Project

 

 

 

Contacts and further information

Program Leader: Associate Professor Charles Fairchild
Honours Coordinator: Associate Professor James Wierzbicki

Website: http://sydney.edu.au/music/study-music/study-options/arts-music.html