Details for Music History

Music has been a constant of human history.  This subject explores key music histories as they relate to Australian and Australia/European history.  First, Western Art Music history is explored from the middle ages to the present.  Second, an overview of Popular Music History is provided.  Finally, Australian indigenous music and its history is explored.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MUS101
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton

Awards offering Music History

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Discuss Australian indigenous music in the context of other world musics;
  2. Identify the key genres of Popular Music and their evolution; and
  3. Outline the major stages of Western Art Music history.

Subject Content

  • Australian Indigenous Music
  • Jazz
  • Rock ‘n Roll
  • Soul and Disco
  • Heavier music genres
  • Pop music
  • Country
  • EDM
  • Music of ancient cultures
  • Medieval and Renaissance Period
  • Baroque Period
  • Classical Period
  • Romantic Period
  • Post-Romantic Period
  • Impressionism
  • 20th Century

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (on site)
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  1. Oral Presentation (25%)
  2. Exam (25%)
  3. Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Kamien, R., & Kamien, A. (2018). Music: An Appreciation. McGraw-Hill Education

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