MUSA234-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Contemporary Music

15 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


An exploration of various 20th and 21st century Western art music styles and techniques. The course includes score analysis and aural recognition, and covers technological developments, political and social upheavals and the effects of these on composers and their output.

MUSA234 provides students with an overview of the trends and developments in Western Art Music from 1945 to the present day. It situates the music itself and the various ‘schools’ of composition within the wider socio-cultural and intellectual framework of the era.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Either MUSA100 or MUSA101 and MUSA131


Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Fine Arts 122 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

James Gardner


Reuben de Lautour and Justin DeHart


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 1 09 Aug 2019 20% Due Dates: 9 Aug & 23 Aug 2019
Imaginary Interview or Blog 20 Sep 2019 20%
Essay 2 11 Sep 2019 25%
Contribution to Class Discussion 10% - Continuous Assessment
Listening Test 15 Sep 2019 25%

Essay 1 (20%)
An essay of 2000 words on a topic covered during Weeks 1–4 of the course.
Students will submit a draft of their essay by the end of Week 4 [Friday 9 August] (5% of final grade)
The drafts will be marked, and students sent feedback, in Week 5. This feedback will inform students' revisions for the final submission.
Final version due in at the end of Week 6 [Friday 23 August] (15% of final grade).

Imaginary Interview or Blog (20%)
(a) An imaginary interview with a composer/performer on a prescribed date. Prescribed people and dates will be given during the course.
(b) An imaginary blog post by a key figure in postwar Art Music in the wake of a significant event. A selection of scenarios will be given during the course.
In either case, while the interview or blog post itself is imagined, the facts and ideas in the assignment must be true-to-life and free from anachronisms.
Due date: End of Week 8 [Friday 20 September]

Essay 2 (25%)
An essay of 2500 words on a topic covered during weeks 5–10 of the course. Due date: End of Week 11 [Friday 11 October]

Contribution to class discussion (10%)
The tutorials will focus on class discussion of the weekly topics, including assigned readings and listening. Students will be assessed on the quality of their contribution to these discussions.

Listening Test (25%)
The listening test will take the place of the tutorial in Week 12. Students will be expected to aurally identify excerpts of works covered in the course, and to provide details and answer questions related to these works and associated topics.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $850.00

International fee $3,775.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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