This unit encourages students to critically engage with and analyse a variety of musical, historical, literary, visual and performance texts. Students will learn to respond to texts in imaginative and critical ways, develop methodologies for analysing and interpreting texts, as well as continuing to develop their ability to make representations of musical texts using performance and technology. Students will also continue to develop music language, communication and nomenclature in their engagement with various musical texts.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate how form and content function in musical texts;  
  2. Apply basic musicological methods in a range of musical texts and contexts  
  3. Articulate basic musical nomenclature in relation to music theory and production in a range of musical texts  
  4. Exhibit foundation interpretative skills and overall musicianship;  
  5. Develop and produce musical works that are informed by narrative and storytelling;  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Applied methods in music/textual analysis 25%
Report Evaluation of musical texts using a range of media 25%
Exercise Interpretation of musical works 25%
Creative Works Create and present musical works 25%

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