MUSSUPST 2001 - Musicianship 2A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course aims to develop an understanding of the means and context of Western art music throughout its history. Examining music's development from theoretical, historical, practical and conceptual viewpoints, the course explores the variety of paths and practices through which Western art music grew from the Middle Ages (Josquin) to the end of the Classical era (Beethoven). While equipping students with a knowledge of notated practice, the course also enables students to appreciate music in its wider historical and cultural context, and explores some of the continuities that extend beyond the chronological frame.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSSUPST 2001
    Course Musicianship 2A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSSUPST 1001, MUSSUPST 1002
    Incompatible MUSSUPST 1120, MUSSUPST 2120, MUSSUPST 2110
    Assessment History essay (30%), Analysis assignment (30%), Exam (40%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Joshua Van Konkelenberg

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    History Lecture Tuesday 11 - 12 noon Hartley Concert Room
    Theory Lecture Thursday 11 - 12 noon Hartley Concert Room
    Theory Tutorial Thursday 12 - 12 pm Hartley Concert Room
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course the students will be able to:

    1 Discuss and analyse key historical, aesthetic and theoretical developments in Western art music from the Middle Ages to the end of the Classical Era
    2 Demonstrate and apply advanced critical listening skills, score reading ability and repertoire knowledge.
    3 Explore and examine music within a wide historical and cultural context using appropriate terminology.
    4 Demonstrate high level research and writing skills, including the use of online resources.
    5 Apply a variety oif analytical methodologies to a wide range of music.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Learning resources
    Weekly related readings and essential listening files are available either as a PDF on MyUni, online via the Elder Music Library, or external websites.
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used to provide details of lecture and seminar content, set readings, assessment advice, and announcements.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures and seminars will cover and explore the range of topics as set out in the Course Outline. Spoken word delivery will be supported by audio-visual exhibits and other media.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to the required contact hours, students are expected to play an active role in the practice, refinement and consolidation of their knowledge and understanding. For each hour of this course students will need to spend on average an additional minimum of 3-4 hours per week on readings, critical listening, self-initiated learning and research in order to pass the course.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Learning Activities Summary
    The information below is divided into history and theory lecture topics. It is intended as a guide, and may change in response to needs arising during the semester.

    Tutorials will focus on the theory topic of the preceeding week, and will include analytical, aural, composition and performance activities. 

    History Topics
    1 Music in the ‘Middle Ages’: Sacred and Secular
    2 Development of Polyphony from Medieval to Renaissance 
    3 Renaissance: Reformation & Couner-Reformation 
    4 ‘Baroque’” Cosmopolitanism, the ‘Mixed Taste’, and Bach 
    5 The Baroque Musical Landscape 
    6 Beginnings of Opera and Orchestra 
    7 Galant Style and the origins of the Classical era 
    8 Haydn: Court and Commerce 
    9 The Meaning of Mozart 
    10 Beethoven 
    11 Romanticism and the Cultivation of ‘Serious Music’ 
    12 Music as Literature: Schubert. Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt 

    Theory Topics
    1 What is Counterpoint?
    2 Contrapuntal techniques in the music of J.S. Bach
    3 The Well Tempered Clavier, Part 1 
    4  The Well Tempered Clavier, Part 2
    5 Chaconne and Passacaglia 
    6  Fugal Writing in a Modern Context 
    7 Expectations of Form: Sonata
    8 Classical Sonata Form expanded: What did Beethoven do?
    9 Variation Form
    10 Beethoven’s Late Period
    11 The Romantic Piano Sonata
    12  Words and Music 

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Task Task Type
    (Formative or Summative)
    Weighting %
    Course Learning Outcome(s)
    History Essay Formative and Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Theory Assignments Formative and Summative 2 x 15% 1, 2, 5
    Course Exam (History and Theory) Summative 40% 1, 2,3, 5
    Assessment Detail

    History Essay (30% of total mark for semester)
    -1500 word essay, topic to be chosen from a list of suggestions, or own choice.

    Theory Assignments (2 x 15% of total mark for semester)
    -Fugue analysis
    -Sonata analysis

    All assignments are to be submitted as .pdf through myuni.

    History and Theory Exam (40% of total mark for semester)
    -3 Hour exam, equally examining understanding of History and Theory as covered through Semester.

    The exam will include: multiple choice questions, short answer questions, prepared and unprepared analysis, and aural recognition questions pertaining to set listening list distributed at the start of Semester.

    Late assignment policy
    Late written assignments will be accepted to a maximum of 7 days late with a late penalty of 2% per calendar day applied.

    Extensions without penalty may be granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance. 

    To apply for an extension, contact the course co-ordinator with appropriate supporting documentation

    Students will receive feedback on their assessment tasks through MyUni.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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