Musics of the World

    Unit code: ACO3013 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    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.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit 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.

    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


    For Melbourne campuses

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

    Required reading

    Selected readings will be made available via VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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