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MUSC1300: Popular Music Ensemble

2024 unit information

Today, the broad variety of music the professional musician is likely to encounter requires an awareness and practical familiarity with a wide range of popular music genre conventions and contemporary approaches to rhythm. This course provides students with a range of expressive tools that allow them to confidently engage with popular music genres and rhythms. In this unit students will undertake intensive rhythmic awareness training and limited group tuition on one musical instrument (student to provide). They will be guided in playing the instrument in an ensemble, and will participate in ensemble performances. Through seminar-style workshops of selected covers, they will begin to develop a broad understanding of popular music rhythms, instrumentation, ensembles, and musical structures, thus enhancing their knowledge of recorded popular music history and its extensive and diverse musical genres.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Analysis, History and Cultural Studies

Code MUSC1300
Academic unit Analysis, History and Cultural Studies
Credit points 3
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understandings of diverse forms of popular music and how to recreate such music in an ensemble
  • LO2. reflect critically on your music and music produced by your peers
  • LO3. apply rehearsal and collaborative performance techniques necessary to present diverse forms of popular music, and perform as “session” musicians.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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