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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 Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,555.35

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Familiarity with music notation is helpful but not necessary.

Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: To be advised when next offered
Teaching Staff: To be advised when next offered

Paper Structure

Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Teaching Arrangements
Three 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute tutorial per week.
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.

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Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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