MUSC3335 Music in the Sixties

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music Studies; Music Specialist Studies; Music General Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
The 1960s witnessed the emergence of genres, styles, composers and performers that changed the western musical landscape. In this unit, students explore some of the important figures, music, and events that defined this decade. Through a series of case studies drawn from a variety of genres and styles, students examine key musical developments, as well as investigate the ways in which music contributed and responded to social and cultural upheavals, and the important role music played in the forging of personal and political identities. Examples of topics of study may include repertoire drawn from European modernism, American and British experimentalism, Jazz, and popular music.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how western music in various genres developed during the 1960s; (2) identify and analyse musical characteristics in repertoire drawn from a variety of genres significant in the 1960s; (3) analyse music within the social, cultural and political context of the 1960s; (4) develop proficient organisational, interpersonal and presentation skills through active participation in lecture/seminar activities; and (5) demonstrate comprehensive research skills by conducting an independent research project and writing a research essay.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) journal; and (3) research portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Adam Pinto
Unit rules
any level 2 unit (this unit does not require any technical music literacy)
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 2 hours
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