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MUSI102 Music in Western Culture

The study of European art music from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century in its historical and cultural contexts.

This paper gives an overview of western art music's principal styles and genres from early Christian times to the twentieth century. It also introduces students to relevant social, intellectual, technological, and institutional contexts and emphasises relationships between these and the production, dissemination, and reception of music. Students will also begin to develop the bibliographical and research skills necessary for the study of this music.

Paper title Music in Western Culture
Paper code MUSI102
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,212.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Familiarity with music notation is helpful but not necessary.
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Dr Andrew Deruchie
Teaching Staff: Dr Andrew Deruchie
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
Prior to each module, assigned readings will be posted on Blackboard. These will provide important background and additional context to the topics presented in the lectures. It is, therefore, important to read these materials before the module begins.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to recognise important genres, styles and forms in Western music and be able to discuss and comment on them with an understanding of their historical context.
Teaching Arrangements
Three 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute tutorial per week.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-21
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-13, 15-22
T2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-22