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MUSC3699: Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing

This unit of study deals with the different ways in which we comprehend music and with the different ways in which that comprehension might be explained. It deals with modes of hearing and musical analysis for the purpose of leading students towards a deeper knowledge of how music in various genres (ranging from the classical mainstream to the twentieth-century avant-garde, from Tin Pan Alley songs to punk rock and hip-hop) is understood. This is a required unit of study for a music major in an Arts degree.

Code MUSC3699
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. explain, through verbal descriptions, how music as an 'object' of study has transformed historically, aesthetically and contextually
  • LO2. explain, in essays, how the understanding of different musical practices is underpinned by various academic and/or socio-cultural developments
  • LO3. by employing diverse methods to comprehending music, students will be able to deal intellectually not just with music they already ‘know’ but also with music they have yet to encounter