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Courses available to all University of Adelaide students

The following courses are available to any University of Adelaide student. Courses may be subject to prerequisites, corequisites and/or other restrictions (e.g. audition) - see the information in Course Planner for further detail. Please note that not all courses are available every year.

  • Level 1

    Music Education / Pedagogy 1 (MUSEP 1001)

    Key ideas in music teaching and learning are introduced, including: the theoretical principles of music learning, child development and adolescence, the brain and music learning, teaching roles in a range of educational settings, and principles of curriculum. Students will explore the role of music in people’s lives and develop an understanding of the learning processes involved. Attention will be given to the processes which can form the foundations of instrumental/vocal learning that enable the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding specific to particular age groups and modes of learning. Students will become familiar with resources designed for teaching and learning particular instrumental and vocal specialties in a variety of styles and genres.


    Music Professional Development (MUSGEN 1201 / 1202)

    This course provides the opportunity to participate in specialist ensembles, both large and small, that cater for each student’s instrument/voice and career goals. The course also offers components which can enhance professional skills, depending on the student’s instrument/voice. Ensemble rehearsal and performance focusses on the skills of reading, listening, intonation, blend, articulation, individual sound, improvisation and, stylistic interpretation within the ensemble context

    Bachelor of Music students priority. Open to non-music students by audition/permission.


    Music Technology Foundations (MUSONIC 1000)

    The field of music technology involves the artistic and technical application of technology in the creation and performance of music. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of music technology fundamentals including sound, audio, and MIDI.


    Musicianship Fundamentals 1A (MUSSUPST 1001)

    This course aims to provide a fluent and functional understanding of musical concepts and their use in a wide range of music, including classical, jazz and popular music styles. A range of theoretical concepts will be investigated through the study of selected musical scores. Students will be expected to listen to works and to read musical scores. Through a range of activities, including improvisation, composition, keyboard and singing, students will consolidate their theoretical knowledge and skills. Topics to be explored relate to the nature of music, as well as the materials and structures of music (pitch, melody, rhythm, harmony, form).


    Musicianship Fundamentals 1B (MUSSUPST 1002)

    This course involves the study of a wide range of music, including classical, jazz and popular music styles, where approaches to rhythm, harmony, melody and form are introduced and investigated as concepts and in directed listening. Concepts and modes of analysis are assessed both in exam and in exercises involving transcription, analysis, composition, and rhythmic performance.


    Musicology Foundations (MUSICOL 1200)

    This course provides an introduction to concepts and approaches to music research as encountered in the co-disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology, and in other disciplines which have addressed music including sociology and psychology.


    Sonic Arts (MUSONIC 1220)

    This course will develop an understanding of sonic arts fundamentals in a range of areas that may include: sound design, sound phenomenology, film sound, game sound, acoustic ecology, ringtones, product design, sonic iconography, sound logos and multimedia audio.


    Sound & Media (MUSONIC 1010)

    Study of the use of sound in the media, with particular attention to film and television; the concepts of montage and collage and their application to sound, music, film and image; detailed scene analysis of examples from classic movies; psychological and aesthetic aspects of sound in film; the role of sound in the media.


    Sound Engineering (MUSONIC 1210)

    Sound engineering involves the artistic and technical control of sound in the field of music. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the fundamentals of sound engineering including recording, mixing, production and mastering.

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  • Level 2

    Circuit Bending & Hardware Hacking (MUSONIC 2905)

    Circuit Bending and Hardware Hacking is a theoretical and practical course examining electronics and its application to sound and music. In particular, the course approaches the creation, manipulation and use of electronics in music and sound using a performative and exploratory approach.


    Computer Music Composition 2 (MUSONIC 2310)

    This course examines of the link between human-computer interaction and the creative and technical practice of sound and music making. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of computer music composition. Focus is placed on acquiring programming skills for implementation of compositional algorithms.


    Foundations in Conducting (MUSGEN 2010)

    This course provides students with an introduction to conducting techniques including all standard beat patterns; the initial development of expressive gestures and skills for reflection of musical character; use of the left hand; entries, releases, fermata, tempo and character changes); score reading, analysis and marking; developing appropriate aural skills; effective rehearsal techniques and planning; repertoire and resources, including set works; and an introduction to specific choral and instrumental techniques.

    Bachelor of Music students priority. Open to non-music students by audition/permission.


    From Elvis to YouTube (MUSGEN 2001)

    A survey of popular music of the Rock era. This course considers the stylistic, socio-cultural, economic, and technological aspects of popular music. Regarding style, greatest attention is given to the evolution of popular genres from the 1950s through the 1990s, including Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Folk Rock, Country, The Beatles/British Invasion, Motown and Soul, Progressive Rock, Metal, Funk, Disco, Punk, Rap/Hip-Hop, Grunge, Alternative, Electronic Dance Music, Avant-Garde Rock and Mainstream Pop.


    In Search of Australia's Music 2 (MUSGEN 2012)

    Australia's social and cultural diversity is reflected in the richness of its musical fabric. The music of Indigenous Australians sits alongside the musical traditions of European and non-European immigrants. Art music, jazz and contemporary popular music styles vie for the attentions of an increasingly culturally diverse Australian population. This course draws on the expertise of key music practitioners and commentators in order to explore the rich tapestry that is Australia's music.


    Indigenous Music: Roots and Key Concepts (MUSIC 2030)

    This course introduces students to the music of Indigenous Australia, and examines the centrality of music and interrelated expressive forms to Indigenous systems of knowledge and sociality. It explores the relationship music to Indigenous understandings of country, authority, family, spirituality and the arts across a varied range of contexts for cultural maintenance, transformation and reclamation. Students gain a critical understanding of Australian Indigenous music, as well as related scholarly literature and sources by Indigenous commentators, and are introduced to arising implications for cross-cultural discourses and research.


    Interaction Design and the Sonic Arts 2 (MUSONIC 2020)

    This course examines of the link between human-computer interaction and the creative and technical practice of sound and music making. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of interaction design.


    Music and Tradition in a Global Society (MUSICOL 2002)

    This course examines how older, traditional forms of music are continuously recombined in new contexts and the ways musicologists have approached the study of these forms. Issues covered include the ways that the sounds and staging of performance, the function of musical performance and the meanings associated with performance can be maintained or changed over time. This course also examines ethical and aesthetic considerations in music which involves cross-cultural appropriation or hybrid forms.


    Music Education & Pedagogy 2A & 2B(MUSEP 2001 & 2002)

    This course begins with a focus on the creative processes of improvisation and composition, and will include practical creative activities. Relevant research literature will highlight the role of improvisation and composition in music learning, both in the development of musical understanding and in the acquisition of practical skills. Psychological principles, particularly with regard to motivation and practising, will be further explored.


    Music in Time and Place (MUSICOL 2001)

    This course develops an understanding of the ways in which music research is undertaken in diverse historical and geo-cultural contexts. The first part of this course includes a brief overview of the co-disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology. Through examination of selected case studies of Western and non-Western music, historical, critical and cultural perspectives are used to understand music as a range of expressive forms and practices in daily life.


    Music, Media & Contemporary Society (MUSGEN 2003)

    This course examines the use and meaning of music in a range of media contexts in contemporary society. It draws on a examples of music media such as audio recordings (CDs, digital files), feature films, animated cartoons, television adverts, games, and background music. Part of the focus of the course is on the interconnectedness of musical practices brought about through music-oriented technology.


    Musicianship 2A (MUSSUPST 2001)

    The course explores a range of historical and theoretical aspects related to Western art music from the ancient Greeks to the late C19th. There will be a concentration on the significant historical, aesthetic and philosophical trends of the 18th and 19th centuries, along with the main theoretical conventions of tonal music, including thematic, harmonic, stylistic and formal aspects of Classicism and Romanticism. Score reading and musical analysis of representative works will be undertaken, with students developing critical listening skills and making use of online technologies to explore the history of Western art music. Requires ability to read music.


    Musicianship 2B (MUSSUPST 2002)

    This course explores western music and music making in its historical, social, cultural and philosophical contexts from the late 19th century to the present. It highlights the many musical and non-musical factors and influences that shaped music during that period, and incorporates historical and critical musicology, reception history, and repertoire studies. Theoretical and stylistic aspects will be explored through analysis of selected musical scores and through an emphasis on high level critical listening skills. Requires ability to read music.


    Musics of the World 2 (MUSGEN 2004)

    This course provides an introduction to the music and performance of selected world cultures. The course presents music as a form of cultural expression and aims to develop an appreciation for both the culturally distinct and humanly universal aspects of music making.


    Sound Design for Film 2 (MUSONIC 2820)

    This course will develop an understanding of sound design for film/video and its associated components such as: music, dialogue and voice, ambience and effects.


    Sound Design for Games 2 (MUSONIC 2720)

    This course will develop an understanding of sound design for games and its associated components such as: music, dialogue and voice, ambience and effects.


    Sound Engineering Live (MUSONIC 2610)

    Live sound engineering involves the artistic and technical control of sound in the field of live musical performance. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of sound engineering and its application to live sound reinforcement and production.

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  • Level 3

    Applied Methods in Musicology (MUSICOL 3001)

    This course covers a broad range of methods used in research by musicologists today. These include music analytical methods as applied to a wide range of notated musical forms and oral performance practices; ethnographic methods such as field observation (including participant-observation), field documentation and interviewing techniques; computer aided methods for data collection and analyses of music and musical instruments; and approaches to interdisciplinary research.


    Choral Conducting 3 (MUSGEN 3008)

    This course builds on the conducting skills developed in Foundations of Conducting and provides students with specific skills and techniques for working with choirs and vocal ensembles.

    Bachelor of Music students priority. Open to non-music students by audition/permission.


    Computer Music Composition 3 (MUSONIC 3310)

    This course examines of the link between human-computer interaction and the creative and technical practice of sound and music making. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of computer music composition. Focus is placed on acquiring programming skills for implementation of compositional algorithms.


    Ideas in Indigenous Music: Advanced Concepts (MUSIC 3001)

    This course introduces students to Australian Indigenous epistemologies of music, and examines in detail the contextualisation of music and interrelated expressive forms within Indigenous systems of knowledge and sociality. Students undertake advanced explorations of music’s epistemic relationship to Indigenous understandings of country, authority, family, spirituality and the arts across a varied range of applied contexts for cultural maintenance, transformation and reclamation. Students gain a critical understanding of Australian Indigenous music research, as informed by related scholarly literature and sources by Indigenous commentators, and a sophisticated ability to discern and articulate arising implications for cross-cultural discourses and research.


    In Search of Australia's Music 3 (MUSGEN 3012)

    Australia's social and cultural diversity is reflected in the richness of its musical fabric. The music of Indigenous Australians sits alongside the musical traditions of European and non-European immigrants. Art music, jazz and contemporary popular music styles vie for the attentions of an increasingly culturally diverse Australian population. This course draws on the expertise of key music practitioners and commentators in order to explore the rich tapestry that is Australia's music.


    Interaction Design and the Sonic Arts 3 (MUSONIC 3020)

    This course examines of the link between human-computer interaction and the creative and technical practice of sound and music making. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of interaction design


    Music & Ideology (MUSGEN 3003)

    This course examines the impact on western art and popular music of political, cultural and religious ideologies, with particular emphasis on the twentieth century to the present day


    Music 2.0 (MUSONIC 3030)

    This course examines the impact that recent technologies have had on music. In particular, the course will theoretically and practically examine the key shifts that technology has had on the understanding, distribution and creation of music and sound.

    Bachelor of Music students priority. Open to non-music students by audition/permission.


    Music and Ideas (MUSGEN 3002)

    This course explores the ideas associated with one of the arts and sciences of the ancient Quadrivium, containing 12 broad themes that will explore ideas from the ancient Greeks to the present day. The lectures will stimulate students' thoughts about what music is, what it contains, what it represents, how it communicates, and how it acts as a medium for the transmission of ideas.


    Music Education & Pedagogy 3 (MUSEP 3001)

    This course explores the wide range of aspects associated with the development of skills and expertise in both performance and musicianship across various ages and differing levels of skill attainment, from beginners to elementary and advancing levels.


    Music, Health and Wellbeing (MUSGEN 3011)

    This course provides an overview of the range of benefits that music can offer to the community. Students will gain an understanding of how music programmes in hospitals, nursing homes and schools utilise the unique qualities of music to improve quality of life and general wellbeing for all age groups, from premature babies to the elderly.


    Musicianship 3 (MUSSUPST 3001)

    This course explores a range of significant styles in which musical fusions have developed since the early 20th century to the present. The various styles will be discussed in relation to their key musical features, as well as the artistic, cultural, social, and political attitudes and factors influencing these styles. The careers component prepares students for a variety of music industry career options, and provides guidance in job and grant applications, the preparation of resumes and self-promotion.


    Musics of the World 3 (MUSGEN 3004)

    This course provides an introduction to the music and performance of selected world cultures. The course presents music as a form of cultural expression and aims to develop an appreciation for both the culturally distinct and humanly universal aspects of music making.


    Orchestral Conducting (MUSGEN 3009)

    This course builds on the conducting skills developed in Foundations of Conducting and provides students with specific skills and techniques for working with orchestras, concert bands and other instrumental ensembles; working with a variety of musical styles; advanced ensemble skills; developing a conductor's working knowledge of relevant instruments; effective rehearsal and problem solving; development of specific aural skills; working with a variety of musical styles and performance practices; repertoire and resources study including detailed score study of selected set works.

    Bachelor of Music students priority. Open to non-music students by audition/permission.


    Sound Design for Film 3 (MUSONIC 3820)

    This course will develop an understanding of sound design for film/video and its associated components such as: music, dialogue and voice, ambience and effects.


    Sound Design for Games 3 (MUSONIC 3720)

    This course will develop an understanding of sound design for games and its associated components such as: music, dialogue and voice, ambience and effects


    Village Voices: Greenwich Village in the 1960s (MUSGEN 3005)

    This course explores one of the most culturally fertile and vibrant eras of recent times (the 1960s) by focusing on a location (Greenwich Village, New York) that was a hub of artistic experimentation and collaboration, against a background of social change and political turmoil. The course will explore the emergence of new art forms - both 'high art' and popular - and the dynamic interactions between artists in different disciplines, with a particular focus on music.

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All Levels

Non-music students can participate in a Conservatorium ensemble under the 'umbrella' course Music Professional Development. Participation is subject to auditions, held in O'Week each year. The course will be unavailable for enrolment until after this time.


Courses available only to Bachelor of Music students

In addition to courses listed above, the following courses are available only to Bachelor of Music students. Courses may be subject to prerequisites, corequisites and/or other restrictions (e.g. audition) - see the information in Course Planner for further detail. Please note that not all courses are available every year.

  • Level 1

    Orchestration 1 (MUSCOMP 1100)

    The primary focus of this course is on matters of Instrumentation. The characteristics and capabilities of all the instruments from the European orchestral tradition will be examined, explained and demonstrated. Attention will be given to the ways of writing idiomatically for each instrument and instrumental family. Standard techniques and extended techniques will be included.


    Music Internship 1 (MUSGEN 1300)

    Semester 2 only. As a central part of this course students will have the opportunity to spend time as 'interns' working within specified areas of either the private or public sector in South Australia, while completing an agreed performance, pedagogical, creative or research based task. The timeframe for these internships will range from several weeks to a complete semester. Applications are made online are are due April 30 for semester 2.


    Music (SOSA) Internship 1 (MUSCLASS 1500)

    Semester 2 only. This internship involves students in an operatic or music theatre production presented by the Elder Conservatorium in partnership with the State Opera of South Australia. Students’ involvement may be on stage or behind the scenes, and will involve working with staff of the Elder Conservatorium, with SOSA artists, and with artistic and production staff of the State Opera.

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  • Level 2

    International Study Tour: Music (MUSGEN 2002)

    This course is enables a short study tour for University of Adelaide students led by Adelaide teaching staff. Students will be expected to complete a number of intensively taught preliminary classes at Adelaide before travel overseas. While on location, students will undertake a series of seminars, masterclasses, performances and visits.


    Music Analysis 2 (MUSCOMP 2101)

    This course focuses on tonal music and analytical methods that can assist an understanding of how tonal music operates. Each two-hour session will be divided with the first hour consisting of lecture-style explanation of techniques and methods, and the second hour devoted to student-centred analytical exercises on pieces drawn from the classical repertory.


    Music Internship 2 (MUSGEN 2300)

    As a central part of this course students will have the opportunity to spend time as 'interns' working within specified areas of either the private or public sector in South Australia, while completing an agreed performance, pedagogical, creative or research based task. The timeframe for these internships will range from several weeks to a complete semester. Applications are made online are are due April 30 for semester 2.


    Music (SOSA) Internship 2 (MUSCLASS 2500)

    Semester 2 only. This internship involves students in an operatic or music theatre production presented by the Elder Conservatorium in partnership with the State Opera of South Australia. Students’ involvement may be on stage or behind the scenes, and will involve working with staff of the Elder Conservatorium, with SOSA artists, and with artistic and production staff of the State Opera.


    Orchestration 2 (MUSCOMP 2100)

    Orchestration 2 builds on the skills and knowledge about Instrumentation developed in Orchestration 1. The course addresses the knowledge and skills required to arrange for a classical-sized orchestra of essentially double woodwind configuration.

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  • Level 3

    Free Improvisation (MUSGEN 3001)

    This course is a systematic study of and practical introduction to free improvisation as a mode of contemporary musical performance, education and research. The course will examine improvisatory practices from an historical point view within the Western musical tradition (Baroque and Classical performance practice), popular music (jazz, blues, rock), and non-Western music (classical Indian music, West African drumming).


    Jazz Arranging (MUSGEN 3007)

    The course will cover advanced techniques of textural and harmonic procedures in arranging for medium to large jazz ensembles.


    Music Analysis 3 (MUSCOMP 3101)

    This course focuses on post-tonal, non-tonal and atonal music, together with the analytical methods that can assist an understanding of how such music operates. Each two-hour session will be divided with the first hour consisting of lecture-style explanation of techniques and methods, and the second hour devoted to student-centred analytical exercises on pieces drawn from the classical (twentieth century) repertory.


    Music Internship 3 (MUSGEN 3300)

    As a central part of this course students will have the opportunity to spend time as 'interns' working within specified areas of either the private or public sector in South Australia, while completing an agreed performance, pedagogical, creative or research based task. The timeframe for these internships will range from several weeks to a complete semester. Applications are made online are are due April 30 for semester 2.


    Music (SOSA) Internship 3 (MUSCLASS 3500)

    Semester 2 only. This internship involves students in an operatic or music theatre production presented by the Elder Conservatorium in partnership with the State Opera of South Australia. Students’ involvement may be on stage or behind the scenes, and will involve working with staff of the Elder Conservatorium, with SOSA artists, and with artistic and production staff of the State Opera.


    Music Research 3 (MUSICOL 3002)

    This course develops knowledge and techniques relating to researching music in all its manifestations and the scholarly presentation of research outcomes. It lays the foundations for the further pursuit of advanced research projects in Honours and other postgraduate research degrees.


    Orchestration 3 (MUSICOMP 3100)

    Orchestration 3 builds on the skills and knowledge about Instrumentation developed in Orchestration 2. The course addresses the knowledge and skills required to arrange for larger orchestral forces.


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