MUS 144G Turning-Points in Western Music

MUS 144G | ARTS, BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC* | Summer School, Semester One & Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points

*Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.


A study of significant people, major discoveries and inventions, and key factors (artistic, intellectual, social, technical) that were important agents of change in Western music. No previous knowledge of music is assumed.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify key musical works, genres, and styles drawn from Western music history.
  2. Discuss key contexts and socio-cultural factors that are relevant to developments in Western art music.
  3. Become familiar with key terms and concepts used in writing about music.
  4. Learn about basic reference and writing tools, including online tools, of relevance to the study of music.
  5. Write clearly and with critical insight on a variety of topics relating to Western art music.
  6. Understand the relevance of music history for present-day society.

Student Feedback

'The lecturer for this course is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I felt it was a great overview and introduction to Western music. This is because it was kept simple enough to understand while still involving reductions of each music genre in history. There was lots of content to think about and it left the room to find out more for yourself.'

'I enjoyed the paper. Straight forward course outline, easy to follow where we were up to in terms of content each week. I enjoyed having the printable document each week with the key information to go alongside your own notes.'

'I found it incredibly helpful how well–structured this course is. Having a set topic each week made it easy to follow along. It really highlighted that each week was a different turning point in Western music.'

'I think the fact that we got to choose what assignment we could do was very helpful. There was a range of choices and it gave me the opportunity to do some assignments that were more creative and others that had more of a traditional essay style. I also think that the lecturer's analysis of the music played in class was very helpful as it helped me understand the content better when I was confused about the theoretical things.'

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