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World Music Choir 1 (MUSI20143)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMUSI20143
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
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This subject explores the great unaccompanied vocal traditions (a cappella) of the world through an integrated academic and practical study. The diverse polyphonic vocal traditions studied range from the traditional polyphonies of Africa, Europe, Asia and America, to musical language of contemporary gospel, rock and pop-music. The subject examines the origins, geographic distribution and social aspects of different musical styles, including the political importance of music in different societies.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate:

  • broad knowledge of several non-classical polyphonic traditions from African, European, Asian and South American ethnic traditions and musical language of contemporary gospel, rock and pop music
  • an understanding of the performance conventions in different non-classical harmonic and polyphonic styles and traditions
  • practical ability in devising a basic accompaniment style suitable to diverse given simple melodies
  • a grasp of appropriate musical vocabulary to describe diverse musical styles

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an openness to diverse musical languages of the world and new polyphonic and harmonic possibilities
  • make informed critical responses to new ideas in the study of the musical language of different non-classical styles of music
  • Demonstrate teamwork skills
  • communicate their ideas about the stylistic features of different a cappella styles of music
  • realise in practice various forms of polyphonic vocal music

Last updated: 11 August 2018