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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the study of music in and as performance. Students will hone in on questions related to the changing circumstances surrounding musical performance, including its underlying ideology, types of musical training, locations, and relationship to musical texts. They will consider how creativity in performances and interpretation can reinforce or change the meaning of a musical work. This unit will also consider different types of performances as spectacle and commemoration; and examine the ways in which the body is engaged in performative acts. Students will be supported to develop increasingly independent research and critical reading skills in this unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Music Studies; Music General Studies; Music; Music and Society major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) identify a range of concepts and practices of musical performance, and position these in their historical and cultural contexts; (2) analyse and interpret musical performance practices and forms of reception across a range of traditions; and (3) critically engage with literature from the sub-disciplines of historical performance practice, cultural studies, historical musicology and sound studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) portfolio and (2) tests. 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 Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
MUSC2331 Western Art Music 1 (Renaissance and Baroque) MUSC2332 Western Art Music 2 (Classical and Romantic) MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
Advisable prior study
Prior study in MUSC1340 Musical Revolutions is preferred but not mandatory.
Prior study in MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening is preferred but not mandatory.
If MUSC1340
and MUSC2341 have not been completed, students must have some musical literacy to complete this unit.
If clarification is required, please contact the Unit Coordinator.
Contact hours
seminars and tutorials: 2 hours per week
  • 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.