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  • Objectives
    Students will gain a general understanding of the key concepts and issues in a particular specialist area, and develop technical and critical skills.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate in Music (Practical Music)
  • Course description
    Students enrolled in the Practical Music stream undertake the following subjects:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    740-437  Practical Study 4-1
    Students will engage in a program of practical study appropriate to the final year of tuition and working towards the end-of-year examination. Vocal and instrumental students will further develop their technique and repertoire and awareness of the st...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     12.50

    Plus:

    Three Academic or Applied Electives
    (37.5 points)

    Students may choose to undertake an Ensemble Elective (6.25 points) as part of the course - these are listed under the Bachelor of Music entry

    Total points for the course = 50

    Academic Electives

    Please note that not all subjects listed are available each year.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    740-290  Art Music and Postmodernism
    This subject will focus primarily on art-music written since 1968 and the trends in composition leading up to this watershed period when a widespread compositional shift occurred as significant numbers of composers generally began to question serious...     Semester 1     12.50

    740-316  Baroque Music of the German World     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-231  Broadway and Music of the Theatre     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-294  Cabaret!
    An exploration of the world of cabaret from its beginnings in Paris in the 1880s through the Weimar Republic to contemporary practice in Europe, New York and the Melbourne Comedy and Fringe Festivals. The relationships between performer, music and te...     Semester 1     12.50

    740-310  Court, Church and Urban Music 1450-1600
    Through individual studies of selected musical centres and repertories, students will explore the nature, the role, and the functions of music in European society during the Renaissance. Using diverse materials, students will engage in a directed exp...     Semester 2     12.50

    740-409  Early Music Theory and Practice     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-432  The Ethnography of Music
    An introduction to the writings of the seminal scholars in ethnomusicology from the 19th century to the present day and to the key issues of ethnomusicological theory and methodology presented in those writings, including fieldwork methods, approache...     Semester 2     12.50

    740-144  The Idea of Beethoven     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-300  In the Groove     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-386  Music Analysis     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-449  Music Criticism     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-341  Music Cultures of Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-301  Music and Film since 1900     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-345  Music and Health
    This subject will provide an overview of the ways that music can be used to promote physical health and healthy behaviours for a range of people, including musicians. Topics covered will include music for expression, relaxation, anxiety reduction and...     Semester 2     12.50

    740-302  The Music of Java and Bali     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-304  Music of the Manuscript Tradition     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-366  Music Psychology
    This subject will encompass an initial exploration of music psychology research. Selected researchers within the field, including music therapists, behavioural neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, and experimental psychologists will outline recent an...     Semester 1     12.50

    740-466  Music and the Shaman     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-353  The Music Of Spain     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-052  Music of the World
    An introduction to the music and sociocultural ("musicultural") contexts of non-western music cultures from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on music making, and will be encouraged to pu...     Semester 2     12.50

    740-359  Musicological Research Methods 1
    Topics include an introduction to the skills and techniques of musicological research, including such issues as music bibliography, editorial practices and archival practices, as well as the mechanics of dissertation writing.     Semester 1     12.50

    740-312  Notation and Music Editing     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-464  Paris! Berlioz to the Ballets Russes
    Walter Benjamin called Paris the capital of the 19th century. This subject examines some of the ways in which Paris was a centre for musical activity in the 19th century. It looks at the importance of music criticism, music societies, theatres/compan...     Semester 1     12.50

    740-439  Rainforest Societies and their Music     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-315  Romantic Piano Music     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-317  Sex, Death and the Ecstatic in Music     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-455  Stravinsky and Music of the 20th Century     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-381  Studies In Opera     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-318  Wagner's Ring     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-465  Women in Music     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-091  Ragtime to Rap: Popular Music Since 1900
    This subject explores a range of popular musical styles (from dance crazes to pop songs) that have had widespread impact over the past century. It will analyse aspects of the music’s creation, dissemination and modes of consumption, drawi...     Semester 2     12.50

    Applied Electives

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    740-393  Approaches to Music Pedagogy
    This subject introduces students to philosophies of music education, principles of teaching and learning in music, curriculum planning and implementation, teaching methods and techniques, and selection of teaching materials. An investigation of the i...     Semester 1     12.50

    740-188  Art of Gesture for Singers and Actors
    Students undertaking this subject will be introduced to the history of Gesture from its formal beginnings in Classical Antiquity to its rediscovery by renaissance scholars and subsequent use in 17th- and 18th-century European theatre and society. Ges...     Semester 1     12.50

    740-275  Composition Studies
    This subject introduces students without previous composition tuition to strategies for thinking about and constructing original music. Students will write chamber music based on instruments available within the class. The subject will be divided int...     Semester 2     12.50

    740-480  Conducting
    The subject introduces basic conducting skills including baton technique, rehearsal methods, score reading (all clefs) and preparation, basic instrumental and vocal ensemble problems. Students will learn the fundamentals of the technical aspects of c...     Semester 1     12.50

    740-356  Electro-Acoustic Music
    This subject covers basic studio use and, specifically, the analog recording of audio with microphones and the digital manipulation of that audio on computer. Students will develop a critical awareness of sounds and how they may be combined, treated ...     Semester 1     12.50

    740-470  Historical Performance Practice
    An applied study through the critical evaluation of 17th- and 18th-century sources. Classes will focus on each student’s acquisition of skills and knowledge that will allow the development of individual solutions to performance problems.     Semester 2     12.50

    740-222  Instrumental Teaching A
    Students will be able to arrange and conduct lessons and select teaching repertoire on their instrument at early levels. Topics covered include studio teaching of the student's instrument for students of AMEB exams up to Grade 4 including teachi...     Semester 1     6.25

    740-223  Instrumental Teaching B
    Students will be able to arrange and conduct lessons and select teaching repertoire on their instrument at intermediate and advanced levels. Topics covered include studio teaching of the student's instrument for students of AMEB Grade 5 exams an...     Semester 2     6.25

    740-377  Music Techniques 3-2
    A continuation of the techniques introduced in 740-385 Music Techniques 3-1.     Semester 2     12.50

    740-342  Orchestration
    This subject covers knowledge of the ranges and characteristics of orchestral and band instruments and techniques for notation and combination of diverse instruments. The subject will involve practical performance of the assignments directed by stude...     Semester 2     12.50

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