Breadth studies for musicians

Breadth studies for musicians

The Melbourne Conservatorium offers a wide range of ensemble options as breadth to students who are studying outside of the Bachelor of Music.

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Music

Our largest range of breadth subjects is offered in music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Subjects range across a variety of themes including music history, wellbeing and health as well as practical performance for beginners through to skilled musicians, and composition in many forms and styles. 

Although one-to-one tuition in music performance or composition is not available through breadth studies, opportunity to practice your hands-on music skills can be found in our practical subjects.

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Ensembles available as breadth include:

African Music and Dance Baroque Big Band
Brass Chinese Music Choir
Clarinet Early Voices Flute
Gamelan Guitar Orchestra
Renaissance Saxophone Shakuhachi
String

Symphonic Wind

World Music Choir


Performance standards for entry to these ensembles varies so please check the Handbook for further information on pre-requisites. Students may be asked to audition in order to ascertain their music skills level.

 

Music studies available as breadth include:

19th Century Music and Ideas Semester 2
Baroque and Classical Music Semester 2
Choral Music: 1000 Years Semester 2
Composition Studies Semester 2
Discovering Music Semester 1
Guitar Cultures and Practice 1 Summer Term, Semester 1
Impressionism to Postmodernism in Music Semester 2
Music Language 1: the Diatonic World Summer Term, Semester 1
Music Language 2: Chromaticism & Beyond Summer Term, Semester 1
Music Language 3: Modern Directions Semester 1
Music Psychology Semester 1
Music and Health Semester 2
Music and Spirituality Semester 1
Music as Noise: Making Sound Art Semester 1
Music in Indigenous Societies Semester 1
Music in the Culture of the Renaissance Semester 1
Musics of the World Semester 2
Orchestration Semester 2
The Ethnography of Music Semester 1
The Music Of Spain Semester 2

VCA Contemporary Music

 

MUSI20163 Samba Band

This subject gives participants the opportunity for an in-depth practical study of percussion techniques and repertoire. The material is based on African derived drumming which over the centuries has continued to develop and flourish in the American continent. Classes cover techniques on a variety of percussion instruments, the role of the various instruments in the ensemble, historical background and improvisation styles. During the semester the ensemble rehearses and prepares material conducted and unconducted, suitable for public performance or recording.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Practical subject

 

MUSI10184 Pop Song Writing

This subject introduces the basics of song writing for the commercial music industry. Aspects of song form including the chorus and the hook, lyric writing and industry requirements are examined. Pop Song Writing is delivered in two parts: lecture and workshop. Each lecture is taught in a large group format and illuminates the fundamental principles of song writing. The workshop is a practical class forum for the workshop of new pop songs and provides the opportunity for the individual development and showing of new songs and group discussion of issues related to pop song composition. During the course students are required to engage in whole group discussion and to present complete and ongoing pop songs. Assessment includes completion and submission of an original pop song.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Practical and lecture based subject

 

MUSI20164 Free Play New Music Improvisation Ensemble

Introduces the practice of musical improvisation including creativity, play, deep listening, harmonic gravity, gesture, risk taking, genre specific practices, limitation, 'the right note', personal voice, solo and group improvisation, role play, attachment, judgment, the 'politics of sound' conceptual music and experimentation.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in:  Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Practical subject

 

MUSI20167 Creating Music for Advertising

Introduces you to the basics of making music for advertising including, the jingle, sound as persuasion, working to a brief and in a collective, the function of music in advertising and creating music for mass media and multimedia. Assessment includes creating music for advertising concepts. 

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Practical and lecture based subject

 

MUSI20170 Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit

This subject examines improvisation as it has manifested itself in jazz and other African American music. It is a lecture-based subject focused on the spirit of improvisation and its essential nature taking into account the concepts of imagination, freedom and individual expression.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Lecture based subject

 

MUSI20171 Making Music for Film and Animation

Develop an appreciation and understanding of the nature of making music for film and animation through a series of lectures and workshops. The subject introduces the basics of music making for film and animation including aspects of the function and crafting of music, such as film scoring and the music dramatic narrative.  Final assessment for the subject includes an original composition for film and/or animation using the skills developed during the semester.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Practical and lecture based subject

 

MUSI20173 The Art of Game Music

Learn the basics of creating music for video games including sound and visual interactivity, indeterminacy and the music dramatic narrative. Assessment includes the submissions of four, one minute original compositions for video games.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Practical and lecture based subject

 

MUSI20174 The Laptop Recording Studio

Develop an understanding and appreciation of the nature of sound recording. The subject covers the basics of sound recording on a laptop including microphone use, recording set up, editing and production. Assessment includes completion of a practical studio recording.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Practical and lecture based subject

 

MUSI30236 The Music Producer: From Brass to Beats

Examines the fundamental principles of music production and the role of the music producer. You will look at the development of music production from early multi-track techniques to contemporary use of beats, loops and samples. Aspects of the function and crafting of sound elements will be examined in the context of enhancing or changing the intent of an existing song or piece of music. It is recommended that you have an understanding of music terms and concepts.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1

No prerequisites

Contact hours: 24

Lecture based subject

 

MUSI10198 R&B, Soul and Gospel Choir

This subject provides you with an opportunity for an in-depth practical study of contemporary a cappella singing techniques. Classes focus on developing a personal sound and an understanding of the placement of the voice in an ensemble context, as well as the development of improvisation skills and techniques relevant to the repertoire covered. The styles range from contemporary gospel, R&B, soul, free form experimental and Afro-American chants as well as other related vocal styles. It is recommended that students have basic music skills, especially aural and vocal skills, with particular attention to the maintenance of accurate pitch and basic harmonic understanding.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and 2

No prerequisites

Contact hours: 24

Practical subject

 

MUSI10213 The Creative Songwriter

Explore the world of the creative songwriter in broad ranging musical genres. The subject presents and discusses the various nuances including storytelling, poetry, eloquent and stimulating lyric writing, development in conjunction with melody, advance harmonic and rhythmic development, world styles, form, structure, and arranging techniques; in turn engaging the participant in further development and challenging artistic pathways. Assessment includes completion and submission of an original composition. It is recommended that students have highly developed technical proficiency on an instrument and/ or vocal; high level harmonic, aural, theoretical and music notation skills (improvisation-based desirable) and well developed keyboard skills.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No prerequisites

Contact hours: 24

Practical and lecture-based subject

 

MUSI20190 Advanced Recording Studio Techniques

This subject builds on the basics of sound recording presented in The Laptop Recording Studio. Aspects of sound recording will be examined, including microphone use, mixing, ensemble/band and solo recording, acoustics, recording set up, and editing. Assessment involves the completion and submission of a practical studio recording assignment. It is recommended that you have a practical understanding of basic recording studio techniques.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

The Laptop Recording Studio

Contact hours: 24

Practical and lecture-based subject