Honours in Music

Honours in Music provides an opportunity for you to undertake dedicated, advanced work in the areas of music performance, composition, creative music technologies, and/or musicology (including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology of music, music sociology, and music education).

You will acquire comprehensive research, technical, analytical, and critical skills as you develop your area(s) of specialisation. Honours in music opens the door to postgraduate study options at national and international centres of music excellence, while at the same time providing you with enhanced employment opportunities in areas such as music performance, music teaching, composing, arranging, producing, arts management, journalism, librarianship, and community music.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) undertake dedicated, advanced work in the areas of music performance, composition or musicology (historical musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology of music, music sociology and music education); (2) develop in-depth knowledge of a chosen specialist area; and (3) acquisition of comprehensive research, technical, analytical and critical skills that culminate in a public recital, a composition portfolio or a dissertation.

Entry requirements: 1. (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Music (double major) or Music Specialist Studies and Music Studies majors; and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the level 3 Music non-practical units; and
(c) a mark of at least 70% for the key assessment item for the level 3 final principal studies unit in the intended area(s) of specialisation for honours, completed within 6 months of commencing honours; or
2. equivalent as assessed by the honours coordinator.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (48 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1MUSC4101Contemporary Debates in Music
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2MUSC4103Introduction to Music Research
Prerequisites:
Honours students: MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
OR
MUSC3341 Music, Society, and Ideas
or
equivalent Level 3 unit in Music History
or
Research AND by approval of the Unit Coordinator. HDR Preliminary students: Enrolment in the HDR FABLE program and approval by the Unit Coordinator.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NS, S1, S2MUSC4104Music Research Project
Prerequisites:
MUSC4103 Introduction to Music Research. For summer and winter offering: subject to unit coordinator approval and supervisor availability.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2MUSC4105Music Aesthetics and Criticism
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2MUSC4140Music Honours Research 1
Prerequisites:
for Music Honours Research (musicology): an average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Music Studies major,
or
equivalent; for Music Honours Research (composition
or
performance): a mark of at least 70 per cent for the portfolio/recital/examination component of MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6,
or
equivalent; for Music Honours Research (electronic music and sound design); a mark of at least 70 per cent for the creative research project component of MUSC3572 Sound Art: Major Project,
or
equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2MUSC4141Music Honours Research 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4140 Music Honours Research 1
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.