This unit (ACO3013) explores the development of a selection of indigenous and contemporary musical styles from cultural, historical and musicological perspectives. Students learn basic concepts in ethnomusicology, including: defining 'World Music', globalisation, hybridisation, musical diaspora and cultural appropriation. Students are introduced to the aesthetic and theoretical nature of music from non-Western regions including Africa, the Middle-East, India, China, Japan, South-East Asia, and South America, and these will be analysed using academic research processes and implementation in practical music and music theory contexts. Learning is illustrated through development of academic skills including research-based analysis of the history and development of exemplar indigenous musics, by the demonstration of these styles and concepts in collaborative performance, by development and refining of individual work and practice routines, and by developing and refining various music production and theory notation techniques.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA  must complete at least 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of an Arts Major before undertaking any Level 3 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Develop and produce musical works;  
  2. Monitor, maintain and reflect upon goals and practice schedule;  
  3. Exhibit interpretative skills and overall musicianship within collaborative contexts;  
  4. Articulate musical nomenclature in relation to music theory and production activities;  
  5. Operate live sound and recording equipment, and music production and notation software;  
  6. Articulate musicological concepts in a range of musical contexts  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Literature Reviews 2 x 15% (equiv. 1000 words) 25%
Report Essay (equiv. 1000 words) 25%
Exercise Class presentation - individual or collaborative (equiv. 1000 words) 25%
Performance Musical performance 25%

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