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Contemporary Musicianship (10317.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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  • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (193859) - View
  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (190839) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, TQG-CO (174032) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (174031) - View

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Music performance and composition rely on a critical understanding of music genres and a practical understanding of their musical elements. In the first of four progressive musicianship units, Musicianship: Contextualising the contemporary, introduces the student to contemporary music: its historical context; conventions of contemporary theory; aural discrimination; and notation. It promotes an impartial approach to music, focusing on basic musical elements that integrate to form the countless musical styles of Contemporary Music. It promotes a comparative approach across genres to further instil an egalitarian approach to music style and theory that will be invaluable throughout the students learning. Like Performance: Commercial music and Composition: Songwriting and historical perspectives, the unit promotes a holistic approach to music theory, which is intrinsically linked to its historical, cultural and technological contexts. This introductory unit complements Performance: Commercial music and Composition: Songwriting and historical perspectives, focusing on the analytical study and practical implementation of contemporary music genres from a theoretical perspective.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and implement contemporary notation techniques;

2. Recognise contemporary music elements and stylistic techniques by ear;

3. Identify and solve common theoretical problems relating to contemporary music; and

4. Compare contemporary styles and innovations with significant events and key figures in the history of music.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week.





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Equivalent Units

9739 Musicianship: Contextualising the Contemporary

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