MUSC3353 Music in the Community

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music 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
This unit introduces students to music in the community as forms of social practice—music therapy, music performance residencies and teaching artists, school outreach and community music-making. By fostering an understanding of the theoretical and practical bases out of which music in the community has emerged, the unit provides students with practical experiences that develop a repertoire of reflective practitioner skills for engagement in community music practices. Key questions to be explored include—What are the foundations of the community music movement? What processes are involved in producing musical activities for community music goals? What skills and understandings need to be developed by musicians practicing in various community settings? What are the therapeutic functions and applications of music? How do these processes operate? How can music assist in improving health and wellbeing?

This is an elective unit in the Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.
Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts of community music for the range of social, cultural, therapeutic and medical benefits that underlie the work; (2) articulate some of the main lines of enquiry and practice within the discipline such as African drumming for self-administered therapeutic benefit; the practical skills involved in founding and developing a community choir; music therapy in community contexts; teaching artists and musicians; (3) explain how advances in knowledge have affected an understanding of music and its role over time (e.g. music shaman); (4) demonstrate a practical understanding of music in the community using skills acquired in workshops (e.g. to run a musical workshop for young adults with no previous musical experiences); (5) engage in analytical processes commensurate with Level 3; and (6) develop generic research and critical skills to enable successful tertiary study and patterns of lifelong learning.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a presentation; (2) an essay; and (3) an investigative project. 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)
Professor Alan Lourens
Unit rules
any Level 2 MUSC unit
MUSC2010 Music in the Community
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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