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Music in Everyday Life (MUSI10037)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeMUSI10037
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject explores the types of music that constitute the soundtrack of our lives. We all experience music every day, but how deeply do we really listen to it? What critical faculties do we employ when we stop to think about our taste in music, and why do we choose to listen to what we do? Active listening, as opposed to passive hearing of music, is a key element in this subject. We will help you develop a range of critical skills that will allow you to think conceptually about music and therefore to understand and enjoy music at a deeper level. You will acquire a set of tools and a working vocabulary for discussing, describing and analysing music. You will be better equipped to discuss the music you love and talk about why, when, and how you choose to listen to it. You will be exposed to a wide range of musical styles and genres, including popular classical, contemporary, jazz, and non-Western.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand core musical concepts
  • Discriminate aurally between different musical styles according to their musical characteristics
  • Apply enhanced listening skills to analyse different types of music
  • Articulate your impressions about music coherently using an appropriate technical vocabulary
  • Engage with music on a critical and analytical level

Generic skills

On successful completion of the subject, students should have developed:

  • An ability to think critically
  • A capacity to communicate adequately in an academic context both in oral and written form
  • The ability to apply research skills to specific contexts

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Weekly participation in 9 web-based quizzes (Week 3-10: 4% each; Week 11: 8%) - 40%
  • 500 word written assignment (Week 4) - 20%
  • 1500 word written assignment (Week 12) - 40%


  • All assessment components must be attempted in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorDavid Irving
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTwo 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

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Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Not available to Bachelor of Music students

Further information

Prescribed texts

Ross, Alex. Listen to This. London: Fourth Estate, 2010.

Related breadth tracks

Breadth options

This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

Last updated: 22 February 2018