UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Darryn Santana

Studying Music Specialist Studies has given me a lot of performance opportunities, from small art galleries to large auditoriums and everything in between. I have also had a great mentor at UWA, who has been instrumental in building my confidence on the stage.

Music Specialist Studies major

Music Specialist Studies is a stepping stone to a variety of careers in the music profession. This major provides you with a rigorous, high-quality tertiary music education and an intensive concentration in a chosen area of specialisation: performance, composition or musicology. These studies enable you, as an emerging musician or composer, to pursue postgraduate training at national and international centres of music excellence, postgraduate study to become an accredited music teacher, or advanced research training in various music sub-disciplines. This major must be taken in conjunction with the Music Studies major.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a commanding instrumental or vocal technique, an awareness of relevant historical and stylistic conventions, an experimental and creative orientation, and a high level of musicianship and presentation in solo, small and/or large ensemble settings, and/or demonstrate a commanding compositional technique, an awareness of relevant historical and stylistic conventions, an experimental and creative orientation, and a high level of presentation and attention to detail that enables effective musical realisation; (2) identify, describe and apply advanced concepts and devices in music language (harmony, rhythm, melody, timbre, texture, dynamic) in aural and written analysis, and in compositional exercises; (3) demonstrate foundational knowledge of key issues relating to music and music education that include music psychology; musical memory; practice strategies; and music and communication.; and (4) demonstrate specialised knowledge in a particular area through elective studies in music.

Second major

Second major

Specialist Music Studies can be taken as a second major, only in conjunction with the co-requisite Music Studies degree-specific major, in the following degrees:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Music Specialist Studies second major is a single major comprising:

  • four Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 2

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 MUSC2520 Music Language 3 Prerequisites: MUSC1322 Music Language 2 or MUSC1202 Techniques of Music 2
Incompatibility: MUSC2201 Techniques of Music 3
S2 MUSC2525 Music Language 4 Prerequisites: MUSC2520 Music Language 3 or MUSC2201 Techniques of Music 3
Incompatibility: MUSC2202 Techniques of Music 4
S1, S2 MUSC2541 Practical Music 3 Prerequisites: MUSC1342 Practical Music 2 or MUSC1402 Practical Studies 2; and enrolment in the Specialist Music Studies major.
Incompatibility: MUSC2401 Practical Studies 3
S1, S2 MUSC2542 Practical Music 4 Prerequisites: MUSC2541 Practical Music 3 or MUSC2401 Practical Studies 3
Incompatibility: MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4

Level 3

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 MUSC3541 Practical Music 5 Prerequisites: MUSC2542 Practical Music 4 or MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
Incompatibility: MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5
S1 MUSC3560 Music Education in Research and Practice Prerequisites: any Level 2 MUSC unit
Incompatibility: MUSC2610 Introduction to Music Teaching
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A MUSC3521 Digital Audio Prerequisites: any Level 2 MUSC unit or as approved by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility: MUSC3240 Music Technology
N/A MUSC3522 Music Analysis in Theory and Practice Prerequisites: MUSC2542 Practical Music 4 or MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4 and MUSC2525 Music Language 4 or MUSC2520 Music Language 3 or MUSC2202 Techniques of Music 4
Incompatibility: MUSC3210 Music Analysis (Tonal)
S1, S2 MUSC3542 Practical Music 6 Prerequisites: an average of 60 per cent for MUSC3541 Practical Music 5 or MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5
Incompatibility: MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6
S2 MUSC3544 Topics in Performance Practice Prerequisites: MUSC2542 Practical Music 4 or MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
Incompatibility: MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5; MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6; MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7; MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Music Specialist Studies (taken in conjunction with the Music Studies major) can be included as second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-MUSST-SPMST (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .