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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any 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 bySir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Campus(es)Clayton

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash is consistently ranked among the best music schools in Australia. It attracts students, visiting performers and academics from all over the world and has an outstanding track-record in winning competitive research funding.

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music aims to develop a complete musician - a musician of the 21st century who is a specialist, but who is also fully equipped in a wide range of musical traditions.

Our unique approach to teaching will expose our students to a broader musical understanding. Our students will experience an education that encapsulates the diversity needed to pursue a career in music and graduate with a holistic approach to their art.

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 Sir Zelman School of Music is home to a vibrant, nurturing and productive environment.

Disciplines

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music teaches, researches, and promotes public outreach in four fields of musical endeavour: performance, composition, musicology and enthnomusicology. Students specialise in one field, 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 stylistic understanding and interactive musical skills by performing in a variety of ensembles. Throughout the program students are examined on both solo and ensemble work.

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. The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music 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 critical thinking about music, including broadening their understanding of the role of music in society, music history, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of music, performance practice, and the music traditions of different cultures.

In the musicology stream students undertake close studies of music history, biography and historiography from various periods and from a wide variety of perspectives.

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.

Students should refer to their specific course outline for information on unit requirements.

Compulsory units

Chief study units*

* Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music and associated double degrees.

Music theory and ear training

  • ATS1899 Music theory and ear training 1
  • ATS1900 Music theory and ear training 2
  • ATS2901 Music theory and ear training 3
  • ATS2902 Music theory and ear training 4

Musicology and ethnomusicology

  • ATS1345 Introduction to western music
  • ATS1346 Introduction to world musics

Electives

Ensemble studies units

Composition

  • ATS2799 Audio culture: Developments in new music
  • ATS2807 Composition techniques: Structure, pitch and space
  • ATS3821 Music composition techniques: Chance, sets and computers
  • ATS3825 Western art music in the 20th and 21st century
  • ATS3899 Jazz composition and arranging 1
  • ATS3900 Jazz composition and arranging 2

Ethnomusicology and musicology

  • ATS1343 American music and popular culture
  • ATS1344 Gamelan performing arts
  • ATS2686/ATS3686 Flaring up: Bali and musical revolution
  • ATS2687/ATS3687 African music: Musical change, social change and performance
  • ATS2804 From the erotic to the exotic: Music in the nineteenth century
  • ATS2805 Global popular and roots music
  • ATS2900 Music aesthetics and criticism
  • ATS2926/ATS3926 Performance studies: Indonesian gamelan
  • ATS3061 Music in Australian society
  • ATS3818 Global popular and roots music
  • ATS3823 Music of North and South India
  • ATS3824 Music in society: Musicians, performances and institutions
  • ATS3828 Music composition techniques: Film and orchestration
  • ATS3829 East Asia and its music: Silk road histories and popular contexts

Jazz studies

  • ATS2333 Jazz history 1: Readings in history and biography
  • ATS3822 Jazz history 2: Readings in improvisation and musical cross-pollination

Professional practice

  • ATS2060 Classical pedagogy: Australian and international perspectives and practice
  • ATS2085 Jazz pedagogy: Australian and international perspectives and practice
  • ATS2139 Song writing: How to write a pop tune
  • ATS3094 The music business: How to be successful in the music industry
  • ATS3819 Applied music I: Orchestration
  • ATS3820 Applied music II: Conducting

Overseas study programs

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

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
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 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)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education
  • 4089 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4616 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4426 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts