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Unit Overview


This unit offers the opportunity for students to build upon the skills developed in MUSC1321 Music Language 1, MUSC1322 Music Language 2 and MUSC2520 Music Language 3, and gain experience in advanced analytical methodologies as applied to the theoretical study and its practical realisation of a range of selected musical repertoire. It offers instruction in methods of analysis appropriate to music of different historical periods, standard in the discipline, giving students a solid foundation upon which to base an independent analysis project. The topic of this project corresponds with their principal study area (performance or composition) in the Specialist Music Studies major. Depending upon the student's specialisation, the project work comprises either a combination of applied and written analysis or a written-only analysis. Assigned readings may include analytical models and texts, dealing with the analysis of form, structure, harmony and tonality in tonal and atonal Western art music.

This is an elective unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of standard approaches to the analysis of Western art music; (2) demonstrate the capacity to investigate and express the essential elements of a musical work, either in a written or combined written/practical project, through one analytical approach; (3) demonstrate and incorporate analytical techniques and skills in written or performance/composition work; and (4) historically contextualise approaches to musical analysis.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an independent written/practical research project; (2) tutorial assignments; and (3) tutorial participation. 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 David Symons
Unit rules
MUSC2542 Practical Music 4
or MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
and MUSC2525 Music Language 4
or MUSC2520 Music Language 3
or MUSC2202 Techniques of Music 4
MUSC3210 Music Analysis (Tonal)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
individual supervision: 2 hours per semester
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  • 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.