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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Music - Conservatorium
Campus(es)Clayton

Description

The School of Music at Monash is consistently ranked among the best music schools in Australia and leads the country in internationally recognised ethnomusicology research. The school attracts students and visiting academics from all over the world and has an outstanding track record in winning competitive research funding.

The school offers a wide-ranging undergraduate program and a variety of postgraduate degrees in performance, composition, musicology and ethnomusicology. With modern facilities, unique archival collections, scholarship opportunities and a reputation for supervision excellence, the Monash School of Music is home to a vibrant, nurturing and productive research environment.

Disciplines

The School of Music - Conservatorium teaches, researches, and promotes public outreach in four fields of musical endeavour: performance, composition, musicology and enthnomusicology. Students specialise in one or more fields, but gain experience in a unified way in all four areas.

Performance

Students with a strong musical aptitude undertaking this specialisation are expected to acquire an assured technique and an awareness of the history of performance style and practice. Students develop their performance skills as well as interactive musical skills in a variety of ensembles. Throughout the program students are examined on both solo and ensemble work. Students undertaking the fourth-year honours are required to present a recital with their own program notes and a research essay on a topic related to the program or an associated aspect of performance practice.

Composition

Students undertaking this specialisation can expect to acquire experience and skills in music composition. The program offers supervision of students' compositional projects and encourages work in various media, including traditional, electronic, and contemporary solo and ensemble combinations. Honours students will prepare a folio of compositions and arrange an annotated concert performance of their works. The School of Music - Conservatorium organises a number of large and small instrumental and ensemble choral groups and encourages performances of student compositions.

Musicology or ethnomusicology

Students who choose either of these specialisations, or a combination of both, can expect to develop their knowledge and understanding of music to prepare themselves as musicologists and/or ethnomusicologists, studying the music history of various genres, research methods and aspects of systematic musicology such as performance practice, analysis, aesthetics, criticism, music sociology and psychology of music. Students at honours level present a thesis of 15,000 to 18,000 words on an approved research topic in musicology. They may then proceed with masters-level coursework in other aspects of musicology.

In the ethnomusicology stream, students make detailed area studies of selected music cultures of Asia and/or Africa, and may learn to perform in an Indonesian gamelan and in other Asian and African traditions as appropriate for a particular unit for which a student enrols.

Units

Note: Prerequisites or prohibitions may apply for individual units - consult the unit entry for details.

Practical study units

Professional practice units

Ensemble studies units

General units

  • MUS1040 American music and popular culture
  • MUS1060 Gamelan performing arts
  • MUS1100 Exploring music I
  • MUS1110 Exploring music II
  • MUS2040 Audio culture: Developments in new music
  • MUS2110 Analytical and compositional techniques I
  • MUS2120 Analytical and compositional techniques II
  • MUS2140 Schubert to Strauss: Music of the Romantic Ideal
  • MUS2480 Performance studies: Indonesian gamelan
  • MUS2490/MUS3490 Flaring up: Bali and musical revolution
  • MUS2660 Composition techniques: Structure, pitch and space
  • MUS2910/MUS3910 African music: Musical change, social change and performance
  • MUS3280 Applied music I
  • MUS3290 Applied music II
  • MUS3310 Composition techniques: Chance, sets and computers
  • MUS3320 Jazz history: Readings in history, biography, improvisation and world music
  • MUS3390 Music aesthetics, criticism, sociology and psychology
  • MUS3580 Contemporary music
  • MUS3660 Composition techniques: Film and orchestration

Units not offered in 2010

General:

  • MUS1000 Music and popular culture: Asia
  • MUS2200 Global Popular and roots music
  • MUS3200 Global Popular and roots music
  • MUS3330 Music of North and South India
  • MUS3880 East Asia and it's music: Silk road histories and popular contexts

Sequence requirements

0821 Bachelor of Music - performance specialisation

(144 points)

First year level

(48 points)

Second year level

(48 points)

Third year level

(48 points)

0821 Bachelor of Music - composition specialisation (144 points)

First year level

(48 points)

Second year level

(48 points)

Third year level

(48 points)

3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music (music component -102 points)

First year level

(36 points)

Second year level

(36 points)

Third year level

(30 points)

1185 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Commerce (music component - 96 points)

First year level

(24 points)

Second year level

(24 points)

Third year level

(48 points)

3717/2025 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education - (Music component- 108 points)

First year level

(36 points)

Second year level

(36 points)

Third year level

(36 points)

1497 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Laws (music component- 102 points)

First year level

(36 points)

Second year level

(36 points)

Third year level

(30 points)

3774 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Performing Arts (music component- 96 points)

First year level

(24 points)

Second year level

(24 points)

Third year level

(48 points)

0002 Bachelor of Arts (units available for a music major)

First year level

Second year level

Third year level

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 2451 Diploma of Arts (Music)

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0821 Bachelor of Music

Double degrees

  • 1185 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 1497 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3717 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 2025 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • 3774 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music

Degrees with non-performance units only

Only non-performance units can be taken in the following degrees.

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1275 Bachelor of Communication
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts

 

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 3909 Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts