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MUI1006 Musical Contexts: Popular Music

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in MUI1006 if MUI2006 has been previously completed.


Creative artists working within the contemporary popular music industry benefit from an understanding of the historical context in which their work is situated. Critical, scholarly reflection on, and analysis of popular music are therefore important skills for musicians. As increasing emphasis is placed on popular music in school syllabi, this course will allow students to continue their secondary studies in popular music to the tertiary level and, in turn, provide input to potential private and classroom music teachers. This course is also designed for students interested in music as recreation or wishing to cultivate cross-disciplinary interests.

With a focus on key musical works and trends from throughout the twentieth century, this course will provide an overview of the musical development, principal styles, and the social and cultural contexts of contemporary Western popular music including Australian popular music and Indigenous popular music. Students will explore, through discussion and research, the societal, technological and musicological aspects of popular music in order to better know the context of the music that they will play and listen to throughout their musical careers.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 25 March 2023