The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course develops an understanding of musical structures, shared musical vocabularies, musical representation and communication. The course also provides the opportunity to apply these tools creatively in any genre or era as defined by the interest of the student. This course particularly focuses on texture and timbre, and their various roles in cultures. The course teaches students to be active and analytical listeners of sound events, textures and musical gestures. Examples from diverse cultures, genres, historical periods and styles are discussed including analogue and digital innovations in music technology.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI1631. Students who have successfully completed MUSI1631 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1731.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of timbre in a variety of musical styles and eras.

2. Recognise, create and analyse significant sonic structures with respect to timbre and texture.

3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate about music written and spoken forms.

4. Demonstrate effective use of technology in the analysis of music events.


Content may include but is not limited to: sounds in the environment, sound and meaning, timbral organisation and analysis, simple uses of analogue and digital technologies for the creation of a sound event, sound envelopes, sound style and culture, signals and controls, experimental approaches to music and sound, instruments, basic orchestration and textural organisation.


This course has similarities to MUSI1631. If you have successfully completed MUSI1631 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

A demonstration of the standard required in the School's music academic and practical tests conducted during the audition process for admission (or equivalent).

Assessment items

In Term Test: Aural Assessment - Critical listening assessment (Individual)

Project: Concept Based Creative Assignment (Individual)

Project: Final Composition - Realisation of Creative Work Using Software (Individual)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term