MUSSUPST 2001 - Musicianship 2A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

The course explores a range of historical and theoretical aspects related to Western art music from the ancient Greeks to the late C19th. There will be a concentration on the significant historical, aesthetic and philosophical trends of the 18th and 19th centuries, along with the main theoretical conventions of tonal music, including thematic, harmonic, stylistic and formal aspects of Classicism and Romanticism. Score reading and musical analysis of representative works will be undertaken, with students developing critical listening skills and making use of online technologies to explore the history of Western art music.

  • 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
    Assumed Knowledge Ability to read music
    Assessment Theory assignment 20%, History essay (1500 words) 30%, Analysis assignment 20%, Exam 30%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: James Koehne

    Course Timetable

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

    History Tuesday 11 - 1pm Hartley Concert Room
    Theory & Analysis Thursday 9 - 10am Hartley Concert Room
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course the students will acquire:

    1. a conceptual understanding of the key historical, aesthetic and philosophical trends in Western art music from ancient Greece to the late 18th century

    2. high level research and writing skills

    3. high level critical listening skills and repertoire knowledge

    4. knowledge of historical perspectives in Western art music

    5. skills in using online technologies to explore the history of Western art 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Learning resources

    Required resources

    Weekly related readings (see below), are available either as a PDF on MyUni, online via the Elder Music Library, or external websites.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Resources


    The Music Library located in the Hartley building is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings:

    Music Resources Guide

    The Music Resources Guide contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here, too, you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library:

    Cook, Nicholas and Anthony Poole (eds). The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century

    Music (Cambridge: CUP, 2004).

    Hanning, Barbara Russo. Concise History of Western Music, 2nd ed. (New York:

    Norton, 2002).

    Harper-Scott, JPE and Jim Samson (eds). An Introduction to Music Studies

    (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

    Jeffrey, Jackson and Stanley Pelkey (eds). Music and history: Bridging the disciplines

    (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005).

    Kelly, Thomas Forrest. Early Music: A Very Short Introduction (New York: Oxford

    University Press, 2011).

    Pendle, Karin (ed). Women & Music: A history (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c2001).

    Latham, Alison (ed). The Oxford Companion to Music. (Oxford: OUP, 2002).

    Taruskin, Richard. The Oxford History of Western Music (Oxford: OUP, 2005).

    Weiss, Piero and Richard Taruskin (eds). Music in the Western World: A History in

    Documents, 2nd ed. (Belmont, CA.: Schirmer, 2008).
    Online Learning
    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
    Learning and 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.


    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. 

    History Topics

    Week 1: Musical Beginnings

    Week 2: The Middle Ages: Sacred and Secular music and the Rise of Polyphony

    Week 3: Reformation and Counter-Reformation

    Week 4: Transformation of Sacred and Secular Music in the Renaissance

    Week 5: Bach, the counterpoint of sacred and secular

    Week 6: The Rise of Instrumental Music

    Week 7: The Birth of the Orchestra

    Week 8: Haydn, Esterhazy and London

    Week 9: Mozart

    Week 10: Beethoven – Man and Myth

    Week 11: Music as Literature (Schubert-Berlioz-Liszt-Schumann)

    Week12: Music in colonial Australia

    Theory Topics

    Weeks 1-4: Counterpoint, Passacaglia and Fugue

    Weeks 5-8: Classical Forms

    Weeks 9-12: Song Forms

  • 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 Weighting Learning Objectives
    Study Skills Assignment Formative 10% 2,5
    History Essay Formative and Summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5
    History Examination Summative 20% 1,2,3,4
    Theory Assignments Formative and Summative 2 x 10% 3,4
    Theory Exam Summative 20% 3,4
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment detail

    Study skills exercise (10% of total mark for semester)

    Students will provide a 300 word critique of ONE of three newspaper articles posted on MyUni, under <>. The aim of the exercise is to enhance students’ ability to identify, summarise and critically evaluate research resource materials. In addition to providing an accurate citation of the article in question, students will provide citations for four (4) other resources that they deem to be relevant to the article. These may include, for example, a book, book chapter, journal article, CD programme note, or internet resource.

    NB Each of the four citations should be from a different resource.

    Bibliography and references are to be cited according to either MLA or Harvard styles, as described in the Elder Conservatorium Bibliographic Style Guide at

    History Essay (30% of total mark for semester)

    Word count: 1500 words (NOT including bibliography and references)

    Essay topics will be supplied at the beginning of the semester. You are free to choose a topic outside of those listed, AS LONG as it is relevant to the musical genres and time frame covered in the seminars. If you do so, YOU MUST obtain the approval of Mark Carroll.

    History Exam (20% of total mark for semester)

    During the Examination period there will be a short paragraph answer exam, 120 minutes in duration – date and venue TBA. Students will be asked to provide paragraph answers to four topics drawn from a list of ten circulated earlier in the semester.

    • Theory & Analysis Assignments (2 x 10% of total mark for semester) 

    Two assignments worth 10%will be made available at class time in weeks 4 and 8.

    Theory Exam (20% of total mark for semester)

    During the Examination periodthere will be a theory and analysis exam. This will cover a detailed analysis of one of the works studied in Topic 3, along with aural, theoretical and analytical content of works studied through the course and ‘unseen’ works relating to the topics covered. 




    Late assignment policy:

    Late written assignments will be accepted to a maximum of 7 days late with a late penalty of 2 marks 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, use the medical/compassionate application form available at:

    The completed form should be submitted to the Elder Conservatorium Office, either in person at the Music Office front desk (Schulz Building Level 9, access via western Schulz lifts) or via email:

    Students will receive feedback on their assessment tasks.

    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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