Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the issues, applications, directions and potentials for music research. Students will develop music research skills through collaboratively workshopping research proposals, reviewing literature and developing projects.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop a music research proposal.

2. Appraise existing literature.

3. Identify and critically analyse key issues in music research.

4. Communicate project results in written forms, using academic style.


Topics will include:

  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music culture and politics
  • Practice based research, research based practice
  • Music and Arts Health

Student projects may involve work integrated or research integrated learning opportunities; projects that involve external stakeholders; group / collaborative projects; speculative or more theoretically oriented projects; professionally oriented projects; projects based on competition or award briefs.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of 2000 level courses

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal - 25%

Literature Review: Project Literature Review - 35%

Report: Project Report - 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 9 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.