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Music (W3)

Below are detailed subject listings, along with the subject table that ranks that course.

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HESA Subject Description CUG Subject
Music (W300) The study of melody, harmony and rhythm produced in accordance with specified patterns and sequences. May include performance, theory and history of music. Music
Musicianship/performance studies (W310) The study of/training in the mastering of musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Music
Instrumental or vocal performance (W311) The study of performance in relation to various genres of music, theatre and performing arts (concert, recital, play, ballet, operetta, circus acts, poetry). Music
Musical theatre (W312) The study of the definition and styles of music within the theatrical arena. Music
Conducting (W313) The study of directing musical performance by way of visible gestures. Music
Jazz performance (W314) The study of performance in the jazz genre. The preparation of individuals to master the performance of jazz. Includes instruction in improvisation, jazz instrument and ensemble performance. Music
Popular music performance (W315) The study of performance in the genre of music classified as popular music, providing excellent creative opportunities for performers. Music
Electronic/electro-acoustic music performance (W316) The study of performance in the genre of music classified as electronic and electro-acoustic music, using the principles and techniques of electronic sound manipulation and computer applications. Music
Historical performance practice (W317) The study of historical interpretation, utilising period instruments and gaining insight into traditional approaches and original sources. Music
Music education/teaching (W320) The study associated with the teaching and learning of music, developing music skills and appreciation. Music
History of music (W330) The study of the historical development of music and musical styles. Music
Types of music (W340) The study of specific types and variants of musical genres. Music
Popular music (W341) The study of popular music that is accessible to the general public and disseminated by one or more of the mass media. Music
Film music/screen music (W342) The analytical study of film/screen music including techniques of musical style and composition for the moving image. Music
Jazz (W343) The study of music classified as in the style of jazz. Includes instruction in the history of jazz and jazz theory. Music
Folk music (W344) The study of music classified as in the style of folk music exploring its traditional and revived forms. Music
Opera (W345) The study of music classified as opera, including the theatrical, musical and literary techniques used by composers when creating new works. Music
Sacred music (W346) The study of the use of music in the church and the role of music in worship and other world religions. Music
Musicology (W350) The systematic study of the forms and methods of music art, and the functions of music in societies and cultures. Music
Ethnomusicology/world music (W351) The study of music and dance from all parts of the world, focusing on the systematic study of the forms and methods of music art, and the functions of music, in Western and non-Western societies and cultures. Music
Community music (W352) The study of music in everyday life and the development of the professional and critical skills required in community-based music making, including the facilitating of community music projects. Music
Music & gender (W353) The study of music relating to a specific gender. Music
Philosophy, aesthetics & criticism of music (W354) The study of the nature, quality and beauty of music and our evaluation, interpretation and enjoyment of music and its performance. Music
Music psychology (W355) The study of psychological theory and methods to interpret and understand musical behaviours, sounds and ideas. Music
Music theory & analysis (W356) The study of conceptual structures typical of music theory and method and techniques used to analyse music. Music
Sociology of music (W357) The study of the relationship between music and society. Concerned with the function of music in society and the ways in which society influences the development of music. Music
Musical instrument history (W360) Historical studies of the development of musical instruments in the context of changing styles of playing and performance. Music
Music technology & industry (W370) The technical aspects involved with the musical arts, particularly the use of electronic devices and music industry business practices. Music
Sound design/commercial music recording (W371) The study of the concepts of sound recording and reproduction through electronic means, including all aspects of recording within the music industry. Music
Creative music technology (W372) The study of the conceptually creative uses of computer-based music and the latest development of technical skills involved in the music business. Music
Electro-acoustic studies (W373) The study of the production, transmission, and reception of sounds by the human voice and various instruments for electronic sound system design, integration and digital acoustical consulting. Music
Music production (W374) The study of music and audio production techniques relating to commercial trends and current technologies to control recording sessions and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. Music
Music management/music industry management/arts management (W375) The study of managing music organisations, operations, facilities, and personnel. Includes instruction in business and financial management, music law and applications to specific activities such as managing theatres, recording studios, bands and individual artists. Music
Music marketing (W376) The study of the organisation of branding, pricing and promotion of the spectrum of musical products and services. Including event promotion, music products merchandising, artist agency and promotion. Music
Composition (W380) The creation of a new piece of original music and structure. Music
Electracoustic composition/acousmatic composition (W381) The creation of an original piece of music in the genre of music classified as electracoustic, using the principles and techniques of electronic sound manipulation and computer applications. Music
Sonic arts (W382) The creation of an original piece of music using practices that predominantly focus on a relationship between the wide notions of the visual and aural domains of art and sound perception. Music
Electronic music (W383) The creation of an original piece of music in the genre of music classified as electronic. Includes mastering electronic music production, remixing and composition using cutting edge electronic techniques and digital music technologies. Music
Applied music/musicianship (W384) Includes traditional music theory and performance, with additional aspects of technology, community music, education, musicology and development of original creative ability. Music
Commercial music composition (W385) The creation of an original piece of music for commercial activities to be played through the medium of radio or television. Music
Multimedia music composition (W386) The creation of fusion and experimental musical forms using techniques appropriated from a combination of different interactive content forms. Music
Jazz composition (W387) The preparation of individuals to master the composition of jazz. Includes instruction in related musical styles such as Blues. Music
Popular music composition (W388) The study of the expertise of contemporary song-writing, studying musical concepts in popular music cultures and music industry practices of popular music. Music
Music not elsewhere classified (W390) Miscellaneous grouping for related subjects which do not fit into the other Music categories. To be used sparingly. Music