Details for Musicology

Music is something we enjoy, whether performing or listening.  But beyond how we subconsciously engage with music, how can music be understood?  How do we make meaning out of music?  Why does it work the way it does?  This unit equips students with the knowledge and tools to analyse music in its various forms – performed, recorded, and written.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MUS451
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton



Awards offering Musicology

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

Unit Content


  1. Consider bias-aware strategies to appraising music;
  2. Develop aural skills to assess, and oral skills to explain musical works;
  3. Analyse music as encountered in a broad range of historical, social, cultural, performative, notational, and mediated contexts; and
  4. Critique common methods and methodologies for analysing music.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to musical analysis
  • Why music matters
  • Personal musical biases
  • Aural perception skills
  • Musicology and Historical Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology and Ethnography
  • Theomusicology
  • Popular Music Studies and Vernacular Music Studies
  • Sociomusicology and Phenomenology
  • Liturgical and Ritual Studies, Music Semiology
  • Interdisciplinarity in studying music
  • Limits of studying music, and revision

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

  • Forums (25%)
  • Oral Presentation (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided