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SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Broadening your  

degree with music

ELECTIVES AND BROADENING UNITS


What  are  
broadening units  and  what  options  are  

available withinmusic?
An exciting feature of UWA’s new courses is the introduction of broadening units. These units are

a requirement of all undergraduate degrees and will provide you with knowledge beyond the fields in which you choose to specialise.


The School of Music offers a

number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units that will accrue credit towards your degree. Whether or not you have studied music at secondary level, or can read music, you can enrich your degree by including music units in your course of study.
Types of broadening units You will be required to take four broadening units from outside your degree area, including at least

one with a global or cultural focus, known as a ‘Category A’ unit. The remaining three units can be taken from Category A and/or Category B. Category B comprises an extensive range of electives from any discipline outside your degree (subject to

meeting unit prerequisites).

What’s  on  
offer  in  the  
School  of  
Music
1. Category A units

There are two Category A music broadening units: MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective; and MUSC2350 Music in World Cultures.
2. Category B units

The School offers a number of Category B broadening units, some of which are specially designed to give students the opportunity to play in music ensembles. All levels of musical experience are catered for through ‘ensembles for experienced musicians’ and ‘ensembles for all’. For a full list of available units please see page 5.
There are four Music Ensemble units which enable students to develop practical music making skills at progressively advanced levels: MUSC1981 Music Ensemble 1 (Music Ensemble, Contexts and Concepts); MUSC1982 Music Ensemble 2 (Music Ensemble, Repertoire and Analysis); MUSC2981 Music Ensemble 3 (Music

Ensemble, Reflective Ensemble Practices); and MUSC2982 Music Ensemble 4 (Music Ensemble Projects).
There are a number of different ensemble options within these units. Enrolment in some ensembles is subject to audition. The requisite standard is listed under the entry requirements for each ensemble. Visit www.music.uwa.edu.au

for information about the audition process.


What ensemble options are available within the Music Ensemble units?

Auditioned ensembles for experienced musicians:

Ì Symphony Orchestra (page 2)

Ì Wind Orchestra (page 2)

Ì Winthrop Singers (page 2)

Ì Opera Scenes (page 2)

Ì Big Band (page 3)

Ì Medieval and Renaissance

Ensemble (page 3)

Ì Brass Ensemble (page 3)

Ì Guitar Circle (page 3)
Non-auditioned ensembles for all:

Ì Djembe Circle (page 4)

Ì Symphony Chorus (page 4)

Ì Show Choir (page 4)

Ì Campus Band (page 4)





Category A  Music units


Category A broadening units in music can be taken by students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Design (BDes), Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil[Hons]). Students enrolled in BPhil(Hons) can chose their broadening units from a degree other than the one housing their

degree-specific major. These same units can be taken as electives by students enrolled in any one of the five undergraduate degrees.
Level 1: MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective

Level 2: MUSC2350 Music in World

Cultures


Popular Music in Global

Perspective

Ever wanted to know more about globalisation and popular music? By analysing texts, technologies and audiences, this unit provides an understanding of popular music within a global context. From rock to hip hop, flamenco to Bollywood,



reggae to Afro-pop, this unit crosses borders and boundaries to present a unique global perspective on music

as a social and cultural phenomenon.
Assessment: Online quizzes (10%); Coursework essay (30%); Examination (60%). Prerequisites: None

Contact hours: One 2hr lecture per week; one 1hr workshop per fortnight.






Music in World Cultures

All cultures use music in everyday life to construct and contest notions of identity, community, ethnicity, gender, race, tradition and history. Music in World Cultures provides students

with an introduction to the theory and practice of world music through lectures as well as participation

in a world music ensemble. The unit examines the social contexts of musical performance and the

functions, philosophies, techniques and organising principles of diverse musical traditions. Case studies, which may include West African drumming, Irish folk and Balinese dance, are used to examine a range of musical practices.
Assessment: Coursework essay (30%); Reflective ensemble report (30%); Examination (40%). Prerequisites: Any Level 1 music unit or ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture Identity and Society or ANTH1102 Global Change, Local Responses: Anthropological and Sociological Perspectives.

Contact hours: One 2hr lecture per week; one 1hr workshop/ensemble per fortnight.





Category  B  Music  Ensemble  units

Winthrop Singers

The Winthrop Singers perform every Thursday at 6.00pm in St George’s College Chapel. Boasting a broad range of repertoire from the






There are four Category B Music

Ensemble units:

Level 1: MUSC1981 Music Ensemble

1 (Music Ensemble, Contexts and Concepts) and MUSC1982 Music Ensemble 2 (Music Ensemble, Repertoire and Analysis).



Level 2: MUSC2981 Music Ensemble

3 (Music Ensemble, Reflective



Ensemble Practices) and MUSC2982

Music Ensemble 4 (Music Ensemble

Projects).
Within these units, students can enrol in a number of different ensemble options depending upon their ability and experience. The offering of

some ensembles is contingent upon student enrolments.

Ensembles for experienced musicians: Advanced performers can continue their musical journey whether or not they are taking a major in music. By enrolling in such ensembles as the Symphony Orchestra, Guitar Circle, Wind Orchestra or Opera Scenes, students can continue to perform great repertoire with other talented musicians.
Ensembles for all: Would you like to be involved in music making even if music is not your primary academic interest? Do you love

music, but have never learned to play or sing? Interested in music from other cultures? Ensembles including the Djembe Circle, Show Choir,

Symphony Chorus and Campus Band welcome students from all musical backgrounds.

Renaissance to modern times, the group has also performed concerts in Albany, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie

and Beijing.
Entry requirements: Students need to be fluent sight-readers with the ability to study and prepare repertoire in preparation for rehearsals.

Audition required: Yes Contact hours: Two 90-minute rehearsals each week for 10

weeks; additional pre-performance



rehearsals as required; concert attendance; 3 x 2hr seminars.*

* Students must also be able to commit to weekly performances at St George’s College Chapel.


Opera Scenes Performing scenes from the masterworks of Western opera, this ensemble combines non-music specialists with students enrolled in

Ensemble  options  for  

experienced  musicians

the School of Music’s vocal studies program. Recent performances include Mozart’s Bertulia Liberata, Pergolesi’s Stabat Marter and Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

Symphony Orchestra

With a reputation for excellence,

the Symphony Orchestra has been integral to the experience of UWA music students for many years. Recent repertoire includes Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and A German Requiem by Brahms.
Entry requirements: The minimum level of performance required is AMEB grade 7. Enrolment is subject to audition and the requirements

of the orchestra. In most cases, students will need to have their own instruments.



Audition required: Yes

Contact hours: One 2-3hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.



Wind Orchestra

Performing a wide range of styles and repertoire, the Wind Orchestra is one of the cornerstones of music studies

at UWA. The ensemble has recently performed at lunchtime concerts in the Octagon Theatre and Artistry! concerts in Winthrop Hall.
Entry requirements: The minimum level of performance required is AMEB grade 7. Enrolment is subject to audition and the requirements

of the ensemble. In most cases, students will need to have their own instrument.



Audition required: Yes

Contact hours: One 2-3hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.


Entry requirements: The minimum level of vocal standard is AMEB grade 7 or equivalent. Enrolment is subject to audition.

Audition required: Yes

Contact hours: One 2hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.



THE WINTHROP SINGERS



Brass Ensemble

The Brass Ensemble performs a broad repertoire spanning four hundred years of music history. The group’s recent performances include

‘Fireworks for Brass’ in St Mary’s

Cathedral, and appearances at

UWAs lunchtime concert series.
Entry requirements: Minimum level of performance required is AMEB grade 7. Enrolment is subject to audition and the requirements of

the ensemble.

Audition required: Yes

Contact hours: One 2hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.



Big Band

Featuring trumpets, trombones, saxophones and a rhythm section (piano, bass, guitar, drum kit, percussion), this ensemble performs the full range of jazz repertoire from swing standards to modern works.


Entry requirements: Minimum level of performance required is AMEB grade 5. Enrolment is subject to audition and the requirements of

the ensemble.

Audition required: Yes

Contact hours: One 2hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.







Medieval and Renaissance

Ensemble

This ensemble specialises in Early Music (c.1200-1600), and includes both secular and sacred repertoire by masters such as Machaut, Landini, Byrd, Tallis, Lasso and Gabrieli.
Entry requirements: Minimum level of performance required is AMEB grade 7. Enrolment is subject to audition and the requirements of

the ensemble. Instruments such as recorders, viola da gamba, sackbuts, cornetti and period violins and cellos may be available for hire from the School of Music. Other instruments and voices may also

be welcome depending upon the repertoire performed.

Audition required: Yes

Contact hours: One 2hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.



Guitar Circle

The Guitar Circle performs a

wide repertoire from the Baroque through to the present day, with the contemporary repertoire including works by Australian and international composers. The Guitar Circle performs pieces for large ensemble as well as duets, trios and quartets.
Entry requirements: Minimum level of performance required is AMEB grade 4 guitar or equivalent. Audition required: Yes

Contact hours: One 2hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.




Ensemble options  for  all








Show Choir

Always wanted to sing on Broadway? We can’t promise to put you name

up in lights, but we can offer you the chance to stretch your vocal chords, sing well-known show tunes and

learn some great production numbers in the UWA Show Choir.
Entry requirements: No experience necessary, just a desire to sing! Audition required: No

Contact hours: One 2hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.



Djembe Circle

According to the people of Mali, the name of the ‘djembe’ comes from the saying ‘ankedjé, ankebé’, which means ‘everyone gather together

in peace’. This encapsulates the purpose of the Djembe Circle. Expand your musical horizons by performing in this enjoyable and interesting ensemble.
Entry requirements: No experience necessary, just a desire to participate! Audition required: No

Contact hours: One 2hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.

Campus Band



If you love band music, want to

make music and own an instrument, Campus Band is for you. Preferred instruments are flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion.
Entry requirements: Students should have some playing experience and, in most cases, their own instrument.

Audition required: No

Contact hours: One 2hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.




Symphony Chorus

The Symphony Chorus is renowned for performing exciting large-scale repertoire, often collaborating with community choirs and the Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances include Poulenc’s Gloria and A German Requiem by Brahms.
Entry requirements: Some singing experience is recommended. Audition required: No

Contact hours: One 2-3hr rehearsal each week for 10 weeks; additional pre-performance rehearsals as required; concert attendance;

3 x 2hr seminars.

Music is an outburst of the soul.

Frederick Delius




Category  A  and  B  broadening  

and  elective  units  in  music
All UWA undergraduate students can choose from the following broadening and elective units:
Unit Level Prerequisite


MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music

1

None

MUSC1321 Music Language 1

1

WACE 3A/3B or AMEB grade 5 theory or equivalent

MUSC1322 Music Language 2

1

MUSC1321 Music Language 1

MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective

(Category A broadening unit)

1

None

MUSC1981 Music Ensemble 1

1

None (Note:Some ensembles are subject to audition.)

MUSC1982 Music Ensemble 2

1

Music Ensemble 1 (Note:Some ensembles are subject to audition.)

MUSC2331 Western Art Music 1 (Renaissance and Baroque)

2

MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music or MUSC1350

Popular Music in Global Perspective (Note:Music literacy is essential for this unit.)



MUSC2332 Western Art Music 2 (Classical and Romantic)

2

MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music or MUSC1350

Popular Music in Global Perspective (Note:Music literacy is essential for this unit.)



MUSC2350 Music in World Cultures

(Category A broadening unit)

2

Any Level 1 Music unit or ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society or ANTH1102 Global Change, Local Responses: Anthropological and Sociological Perspectives

MUSC2520 Music Language 3

2

MUSC1322 Music Language 2

MUSC2550 Music and Science

2

Any Level 1 Music unit or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Being

Human or ANHB1102 Human Biology 2: Becoming Human or PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102

Psychology: Behaviour in Context

MUSC2981 Music Ensemble 3

2

Any Level 1 Music unit or MUSC1982 Music Ensemble 2 (Note:Some ensembles are subject to audition.)

MUSC2982 Music Ensemble 4

2

MUSC2981 Music Ensemble 3 (Note:Some ensembles are subject to audition.)

MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (20th Century)

3

Any Level 2 Music unit (Note:Music literacy skills are essential for this unit.)

MUSC3332 Drama Through Music: Studies in Opera

3

Any Level 2 Music unit

MUSC3333 Music, Aesthetics and Criticism

3

Any Level 2 Music unit

MUSC3334 Soundscapes of Australia

3

Any Level 2 Music unit

MUSC3351 Gongs, Punks and Shadow Plays

3

Any Level 2 Music unit

MUSC3352 Music, Identity and Place

3

Any Level 2 Music unit

MUSC3353 Music in the Community

3

Any Level 2 Music unit

MUSC3354 Music, Mind and Medicine

3

Any Level 2 Music unit

MUSC3521 Digital Audio

3

Any Level 2 Music unit

MUSC3560 Music Education in Research and Practice

3

Any Level 2 Music unit


School of Music

The University of Western Australia

M413, 35 Stirling Highway



Crawley WA 6009

Tel: +61 8 6488 2051

Fax: +61 8 6488 1076

Email: music@uwa.edu.au www.music.uwa.edu.au www.facebook.com/UWAMusic


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