PERF 3013 Music and Analysis

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101152

Coordinator David Cashman Opens in new window

Description Analysis enables students to acquire a deep and rich understanding of music. This unit will focus on the formal designs, rhythmic, melodic and harmonic structures of notated music, and the structures, contexts and processes of non-notated music. It will include notated and recorded music from the popular song traditions, as well as studio recordings, electronic music and improvisation. It will consider the strengths, weaknesses and cultural biases of various modes of analysis, including the use of musical notation. Students will learn to apply these methods in lectures and tutorials.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) PERF 2001 OR
PERF 2004

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 0424 - Analytical Models in Music

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Employ the tools acquired in musicianship and music theory to the analysis of music.
  2. Undertake analyses of notated and recorded song forms.
  3. Utilise approaches used in the analysis of improvised and electronic musics.
  4. Explain the theoretical models used to analyse notated and recorded music.
  5. Critically evaluate the perspectives that analytical models bring to bear on the music analysed.
  6. Describe the importance of the cultural context in the analytical process.
  7. Those attending Art of Sound will be able to: Develop, implement and promote Art of Sound activities and projects, guiding and collaborating with students across the Music program to further progress leadership, advanced production and performance skills.

Subject Content

Students will work on topics to include
style and genre analysis
musicianship and music theory as applied to the analysis of music
the analysis of notated and recorded song forms
approaches to the analysis of improvised and electronic musics
models use to analyse recorded music
models used to analyse notated music
the perspective that analysis brings to bear on music
the connection between models of analysis and their cultural contexts


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Short Answer (Formal, harmonic, and melodic analysis) 800 words 20 N Individual
Intra-session exam 3 hours 50 N Individual
Essay 1,500 words 30 N Individual
Attendance: Art of Sound Minimum 2 hours per fortnight S/U N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Penrith (Kingswood)


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