ATS3823 - Improvising musical traditions of South Asia - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Arts

Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Adrian McNeil

Coordinator(s)

Dr Adrian McNeil

Unit guides

Offered

Clayton

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)

Prerequisites

Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.

Synopsis

This unit focuses on the traditional improvisational musical practices of South Asia, which have been systematically developed across a range of genres over centuries. The rich and clearly formulated processes that underpin these practices are selectively explored and analysed in theory and practice to show both how they work in their cultural contexts and how they can provide a foundational platform for developing generic improvisational skills.

Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Comprehend and articulate some of the fundamental musical elements of the region and the cultural foundations and practices that sustain them;
  2. Develop advanced generic skills in melodic and rhythmic improvisation applicable to a wide range of musical contexts;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse ways in which improvisatory practices are thought about and practised in Hindustani and Carnatic musical traditions.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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