Introduction to Musicology

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Musicology

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Music, Music Performance, Music Technology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 uoc at Level 1 including MUSC1001 and MUSC1312

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course offers an introduction to musicology, the systematic study of music. This is undertaken through the detailed study of European concert music of the period 1890-1940, and through engagement with the challenges offered by Ethnomusicology, the ethnographically informed study of Music. It aims to develop students? critical thinking in areas of historiography, musical meaning, and aesthetics.
    It applies students developing skills in Musicianship, particularly those of analysis and aural perception, and introduces further methodologies employed in upper level courses in Music. It develops student knowledge of exemplary works of Western classical music and jazz, and how to critically discuss such music within the disciplinary conventions of musicology.
    The course will develop the skills involved in scholarly enquiry in Music, and the capacity for analytical and critical thinking and for creative problem solving, both in general and in a manner specific to the discipline.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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