The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course aims to improve performance skills in the popular idiom through a study of style, techniques, performance characteristics and improvisation techniques.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI2182. Students who have successfully completed MUSI2182 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1150.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognise and correctly perform different popular music styles

2. Read, interpret and arrange song scores and perform from them appropriately on their individual instrument

3. Collaborate with other musicians to organise and present performances

4. Improvise over chord changes, correctly applying basic scales, modes and riffs

5. Demonstrate control over tone and sound production

6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of background of musical styles and contribution of important musicians through sound basic research practices


Students will be provided with information and materials and be involved in workshops and performance situations where they can learn stylistic and technical aspects of popular music styles including, but not limited to: rock, blues, funk, and contemporary pop. Classes will involve discussions, performance analysis, listening and score based exercises.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation - 40%

Written Assignment: Written Assignment and Presentation - 20%

Performance: Performance - 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term