Stage Two courses

These are the courses being offered in 2020.

MUS 202 - Materials of Music 4

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work begun in MUS 201, including the study of harmony and analysis, aural skills and musicianship.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 201
  • Programme restriction: pre-2020 Music students only
  • Points: 15

MUS 203 - Classical Theory and Musicianship 1

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work begun in MUS 104 on music theory, aural skills and musicianship. Includes a choral component.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: MUS 104
  • Points: 15

MUS 204 - Classical Theory and Musicianship 2

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work begun in MUS 203 on music theory, aural skills and musicianship. Includes a choral component.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 104
  • Points: 15

MUS 206 - Conducting 1

  • Course prescription: The study of conducting including listening to and writing about a wide variety of music from all historical periods. The practical component of this course concentrates on posture, patterns and gesture. Studies include examples from choral and orchestral repertoire.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 106
  • Points: 15

MUS 210 - Composition 3

  • Course prescription: Applied concepts and techniques in instrumental/vocal composition and sonic arts. Students will develop original creative ideas through experimentation with both notational and sound-based approaches to composing, the study of relevant repertoire and the realisation of a portfolio of works for mixed resources that may include solo instruments, voices, small ensembles, found objects/sounds, loudspeakers and visual media. Liaison with performers both within and outside the class is important.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 111
  • Points: 15

MUS 211 - Composition 4

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 210.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 210
  • Points: 15

MUS 214 - Instrumentation

  • Course prescription: The study of instrumentation including ranges, characteristics and technical aspects of writing, scoring and arranging for strings, wind, brass and percussion will be introduced together with a study of repertoire.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 101 or 104
  • Points: 15

MUS 220 - Performance 3

  • Course prescription: Further performance work, involving weekly individual lessons and performance classes. (See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements).
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Instrument workshops:
    • W01C - Voice
    • W02C or W03C - Piano
    • W04C - String
    • W05C - Brass
    • W06C - Wind
    • W07C - All other instruments
  • Prerequisite: MUS 121
  • Points: 15

MUS 221 - Performance 4

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 220. (See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements).
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Instrument workshops:
    • W01C - Voice
    • W02C or W03C - Piano
    • W04C - String
    • W05C - Brass
    • W06C - Wind
    • W07C - All other instruments
  • Prerequisite: MUS 220
  • Points: 15

MUS 224 - Exploring Historical Performance

  • Course prescription: Academic study of the resources, instruments, techniques, and stylistic conventions relevant to the performance of music from Renaissance to modern times, with an emphasis on works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students consider the role that an awareness of historical factors can play in contemporary performance, and gain understanding of some of the key debates surrounding historically informed performance.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: MUS 101 and 140, or MUS 104 and 143
  • Points: 15

MUS 230 - Music Production 1

  • Course prescription: A study of the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to engage in music production through everyday technologies. An emphasis on production in the home/project studio environment, and for developing producers and songwriters. Topics include: microphone types, patterns and configurations; simple vocal and instrumental recording; synthesis; production techniques; and mixing using modern DAWs.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 119 or 130
  • Restriction: MUS 219
  • Points: 15

MUS 231 - Music Production 2

  • Course prescription: A study of modern and classic studio recording and production techniques supported by practical studio-based excercises. Topics include: multi-channel recording and editing; band and ensemble recording; analog and digital mastering. Coordination with performers both within and outside the class is important. 
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 230
  • Restriction: MUS 219
  • Points: 15

MUS 243 - Music in Society

  • Course prescription: The study of music in society using a wide-angled lens to explore how it can be intertwined with issues of politics, gender, religion, race, psychology, memory and space. Examples will take in a variety of musical phenomena from diverse genres (pop, jazz, classical, modern, opera, etc.)
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisite: MUS 143
  • Points: 15

MUS 247 - Genre and Convention in Instrumental Music

  • Course prescription: Explores the complexities of musical style, historicism and aesthetics as related to one or more instrumental genres (such as the symphony, the string-quartet or piano prelude) and related conventions. Close readings of paradigmatic works will be essential.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisites: MUS 140 or 143 or 145 or 176
  • Restriction: MUS 347
  • Points: 15

MUS 248 - Music on Stage and Screen

  • Course prescription: Considers the role of music in one or more of the dramatic arts – opera, musical, ballet, modern dance, film – in any given historical period. Offers opportunity to study specific repertoire in some detail, as well as to investigate music’s contribution to dramatic spectacle, characterisation, narrative and non-narrative structures. 
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisites: MUS 140 or 143 or 145 or 176
  • Restriction: MUS 242, 348
  • Points: 15

MUS 258 - Special Topic: Music Computing

  • Course prescription: A topic as approved by the Head of School
  • Prerequisites: 30 points at Stage One in Music
  • Points: 15

MUS 262 - Music Psychology and Development

  • Course prescription: An initial exploration of music psychology research including music therapy research, neuroscience, neuropsychology and music psychology. Examines the development of musical skills through life with an emphasis on community and pedagogical applications.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: 30 points passed in Music
  • Points: 15

MUS 270 - Jazz Performance 3

  • Course prescription: The development of instrumental technique and improvisational skills though in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and relevant musical analysis. This course prepares students who major in Jazz Performance and includes 1:1 tuition and group based improvisation classes.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 171 or JAZZ 102 and 108 or 131
  • Points: 15

MUS 271 - Jazz Performance 4

  • Course prescription: Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 270.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 270 or JAZZ 201 and 207
  • Points: 15

MUS 274 - Jazz Theory and Musicianship 2

  • Course prescription: An exploration of more advanced jazz theory and musicianship skills including aural and harmony. Coursework prepares students for the implementation of fundamental written theoretical skills. This course also includes a keyboard tutorial.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 174
  • Points: 15

MUS 275 - Jazz Composition and Arranging 1

  • Course prescription: Composition and arranging in the jazz idiom exploring small ensemble and big band contexts. Scoring, voicing concepts and sectional writing that assist students in the development of a portfolio of work.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 274 or JAZZ 203
  • Points: 15

MUS 277 - Jazz Project 2

  • Course prescription: Participation and development of pertinent skills towards the completion of a collaborative jazz music project.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Note: submit an enrolment concession to apply for this option
  • Points: 15

MUS 280 - Creative Practice in Popular Music 3

  • Course prescription: Specific exploration and the continued development of ideas and processes in the creation and presentation of popular music through workshops, seminars and group discussion. Students will write songs, complete arrangement exercises, use music recording and production techniques and present aspects of their coursework in live performance.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 181 and 182 or 196A/B
  • Points: 15

MUS 281 - Creative Practice in Popular Music 4

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 280.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 280 or MUSIC 280, and MUS 284
  • Points: 15

MUS 282 - Popular Music Vocal Performance

  • Course prescription: The development of vocal technique and interpretative skills through the in-depth study of vocal production techniques pertinent to contemporary popular music vocal performance. The emphasis will be on the development of practices to enhance the performance of original songs written by the students, as well at times techniques necessary to successfully perform songs written by others. This course prepares students who major in Popular Music with 1:1 vocal tuition and group based ensemble classes.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two. Students to enrol as allocated by Popular Music Academic staff. 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 183 or 196A/B
  • Points: 15

MUS 283 - Popular Music Instrumental Performance Skills 3

  • Course prescription: Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 183.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two. Students to enrol as allocated by Popular Music Academic staff.
  • Prerequisite: MUS 183 or JAZZ 231
  • Points: 15

MUS 284 - Popular Music Theory and Musicianship 1

  • Course prescription: Training in practical musicianship and contemporary music writing skills pertinent to a popular music practitioner. Continued development of aural recognition skills with an emphasis on transcription and sight singing skills.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 
  • Instrument tutorials:
    • TUT01 - Keyboard
    • TUT02 - Guitar
    • TUT03 - Guitar
  • Prerequisite: MUS 104 or 185
  • Points: 15

MUS 287 - Popular Music Theory and Musicianship 2

  • Course prescription: Further training in practical musicianship and contemporary music writing skills pertinent to a popular music practitioner. Continued development of aural recognition skills with an emphasis on transcription and sight singing skills. 
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisites: MUS 284
  • Points: 15

Double Semester Courses

MUS 290A / B - Auxillary Performance Study 2

  • Course prescription: Individual tuition on an approved instrument or voice. Suited for a practical component for Music Studies or Composition students or as an approved instrument for Classical, Jazz or Popular Music students.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Prerequisite: MUS 190A/B
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 290A (7.5pts) and MUS 290B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 291A / B - Classical Ensembles 2

  • Course prescription: The development of performance skills through ensemble work including chamber music, string orchestra, wind orchestra, flute choir, contemporary ensembles, and other combinations.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Classical, or Music Studies with department consent
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 290A (7.5pts) and MUS 290B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 292A / B - Performance Skills for Instrumentalists 2

  • Course prescription: The development of a range of instrumenta performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental studio including collaborative piano, repertoire studies, ensemble technique, basic pedagogy, keyboard skills, accompanying and other applications.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Classical, or Music Studies with department consent
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 290A (7.5pts) and MUS 290B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 293A / B - Performance Skills for Singers 2

  • Course prescription: The introduction of vocal practices that help voice students develop and sustain a professional vocal career. This course aims to give vocal students the knowledge and practical experience necessary to develop and maintain vocal health in diverse performing contexts.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Classical, or Music Studies with department consent
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 290A (7.5pts) and MUS 290B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 297A / B - Jazz Ensembles 2

  • Course prescription: The application of instrumental and improvisational techniques through performance practice. This course develops stylistic, interpretive and literary musical skills through a variety of large and small ensembles. Students are placed by audition into a small group combo and a large group.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Prerequisite: MUS 197A/B
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Jazz, or Music Studies with department consent
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 290A (7.5pts) and MUS 290B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)