MusiCultures - MUSC3807

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of the Arts and Media

Course Outline: School of the Arts and Media

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 24uoc in MUSC courses, and enrolment in a Music Studies stream or Music single or dual program

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Subject Area: Music

This course examines the nature of music as “tradition”, investigating discourses, values and uses of music that endure or change at a different rate and in different ways from musical forms themselves. Examining the development of one or more musical cultures, the course will demonstrate how genres, works and performances embody and generate meaning through their relationship to community in specific historical, social, and political contexts. Affect and aesthetics, creativity and cognition, embodiment and memory, reception and transmission, and performance and ritual are some of the possible themes that enter the examination of how music-community relationships and interrelated meanings are retained or modified in the contexts of modernisation, globalisation and migration. The course investigates how and why, as new forms are developed, some become an enduring feature of a musical culture, while others are used, valued, then ‘trashed’ as redundant.
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