Stage Two courses

View the Stage Two music courses available in 2019.

The following courses are restricted to specific majors / specialisations:

MUS 220, 221, 222, 223:

  • Classical Performance or Creative Practice: Classical 

MUS 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 277:

  • Jazz Performance or Creative Practice: Jazz

MUS 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285:

  • Popular Music or Creative Practice: Popular Music

MUS 220 and MUS 221 Instrument Workshops:

  • WO1C – Voice
  • W02C or W03C – Piano
  • W04C – String
  • W05C – Brass
  • W06C – Wind
  • W07C – All other instruments

MUS 201 - Materials in Music 3

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work begun in MUS 101 and 102 in the development of music theory and aural perception skills necessary to be an effective musician, including the study of harmony and analysis, and aural skills and musicianship, including a choral performance project.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 102; or MUSIC 102 and MUSIC 103; or MUSIC 105 and MUSIC 107
  • Points: 15

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 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 201
  • 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 One 2019
  • 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 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 111 and Departmental approval.
  • Points: 15

MUS 211 - Composition 4

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 210.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019.
  • Prerequisite: MUS 210 and Departmental approval.
  • 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 2019
  • 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 and Two 2019
  • Note: Please choose your correct instrument workshop, as noted above, when you are enrolling online
  • 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 One and Two 2019
  • Note: Please choose your correct instrument workshop, as noted above, when you are enrolling online
  • Prerequisite: MUS 220
  • Points: 15

MUS 222 - Performance Skills 2

  • Course prescription: Further development of a wide range of performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental/vocal studio, including ensemble techniques, conducting, languages for singers, pedagogy, orchestral audition skills, second instrument study, musicians' health.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 122
  • Points: 15

MUS 223 - Performance Skills 3

  • Course prescription: Further development of a wide range of performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental/vocal studio, including ensemble techniques, conducting, languages for singers, pedagogy, orchestral audition skills, second instrument study, musicians' health.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 222
  • 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 2019.
  • 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 2019
  • 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 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 230
  • Restriction: MUS 219
  • Points: 15

MUS 245 - History, Music and Ideas: Rethinking the Classical Canon

  • Course prescription: Raises issues specific to classical music in one or more concentrated historical periods. Students will get to know a designated repertoire of musical works, whilst exploring critical topics such as periodisation, canon formation and reception history.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019.
  • Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145 or 176
  • Restriction: MUS 240, 345
  • Points: 15

MUS 246 - Experimental Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Course prescription: Tracks definitions and developments in ‘experimental’ music since the early twentieth century. Concepts of modernism and postmodernism as related to musical composition, performance and listening are the central focus.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145 or 176
  • Restriction: MUS 346
  • 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 2019
  • Prerequisite: 30 points passed in Music
  • Points: 15

MUS 265 - Crafting a Portfolio Career in Music

  • Course prescription: A study of music career profiles with an emphasis on self-management, performance careers, pedagogical careers, technology, music marketing and distribution, legal issues, entrepreneurship and project leadership in the community. Students will reflect on their own development and devise a project plan for implementation.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • 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 2019
  • 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 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 270 or JAZZ 201 and 207
  • Points: 15

MUS 272 - Jazz Ensembles 3

  • 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 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 173 or JAZZ 112
  • Corequisite: MUS 270
  • Points: 15

MUS 273 - Jazz Ensembles 4

  • Course prescription: Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 272.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 272 or JAZZ 211
  • 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 2019
  • 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 2019
  • 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 2019
  • 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 2019
  • 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 2019
  • 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 2019. 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 2019. 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 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 104 or 185
  • Points: 15

MUS 285 - Popular Music Analysis

  • Course prescription: Musical analysis in the popular music idiom. Techniques of deconstructing music and text from a variety of musical styles in order to identify significant characteristics or trends in composition and lyric writing. A central focus of this study will be the interaction of composition, arrangement, text and instrumentation.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 284 or MUSIC 289
  • Restriction: MUSIC 287
  • Points: 15

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 or audition, and Departmental approval.
  • Note: Submit an enrolment concession to apply for an audition and/or Department approval. 
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 290A (7.5pts) and MUS 290B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)