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Singing, songs and songwriting have long been an agent of social change. In this hands-on practical subject, students will compose and record their own music and to cover other songs, while also surveying songs across different eras and cultures that promote social change. Benefit concerts and music festivals that seek to raise awareness of prominent issues will be explored. Notable songs and spoken word (including Hip Hop) which have impacted social change will be analysed (e.g., Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs, peace songs, songs about the environment and sustainability, women’s rights, civil rights, and youth identity issues). Throughout the semester, students will have an opportunity to experiment with different songwriting topics and settings. Students will engage in small-group informal singing and songwriting activities culminating in studio performances and recordings. They will visit a real-world or ‘virtual’ live music venue and complete a site visit report. Students will have access and support to use musical instruments (such as guitars and ukuleles) and a range of digital music technologies. No prior musical experience is required.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ways singing and songwriting supports social, creative, artistic and emotional expression
- Reflect critically on the ways diverse groups of people have used singing and songwriting in various social contexts for expressing values, beliefs and personal and cultural identity
- Articulate the musical knowledge and skills related to the integration of listening, composing, arranging and performing
- Work collaboratively in informal music making groups
- Apply contemporary music technologies, including digital audio production and recording technology and desktop software.
This subject will assist students to develop the following set of transferable skills:
- Creativity and innovation
- Collaborative and teamwork skills through working with fellow students
- Understanding diverse modes of inquiry
- Recognising and utilising diverse perspectives.
Last updated: 10 February 2024