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Unit Overview


This practical unit draws together students from different levels of musical experience and consolidates essential musicianship, technical skills, and improvisation in performance and/or songwriting. The unit focuses on the development of instrumental/vocal technique, improvisation, recontextualization, songwriting, and performance skills. This prepares students for a study of higher-level techniques introduced in the next unit in the Contemporary Popular Music Principal Studies sequence. This unit is a compulsory unit in the Contemporary Popular Music Major (degree-specific major).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Contemporary Popular Music major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate proficiency in performing, composing, and/or recording contemporary popular music; (2) apply collaborative music making skills appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; (3) analyse the processes involved in creative development; and (4) apply effective strategies and practices to achieve creative goals.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) portfolio; (2) collaborative music project; and (3) journal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tracy Redhead
Unit rules
Successful completion of
audition/interview with the Conservatorium of Music
BP008 Bachelor of Music
Contact hours
24 hours contact comprising:
6 x 2hr workshops
6 x 1hr one on ones (instrument or songwriting)
6 x 1hr collaboration music project sessions
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.