Course Title: Workplace Communication in the Music Industry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Workplace Communication in the Music Industry

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Ian Rogers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0823

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 36.4.19

Course Coordinator Availability: Dr Ian Rogers will be available for consultations by arrangement on Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.00am

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of the current issues relating to workplace communication in the music industries:

- Interpersonal skills in communication
- Intrapersonal skills in communication
- A range of music-specific communication capacities
- An understanding of the Australian music industries and creative sectors
- Professional development and career planning in the music industries

The course is essentially discussion/seminar based.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 At the conclusion of the course students will be able to:

• understand the range of workplaces in the music industry
• assess the range of communication skills necessary for specific music workplaces
• understand the various modes of communication necessary for individuals in the music industries
• have a clear understanding of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
• possess the working knowledge to use interpersonal and intrapersonal skills in a range of contexts

The central purpose of the program is to provide practitioners of music performance and music business with opportunities to align their knowledge, skills and values in relation to the music industries at a Bachelor degree level. The program offers a pathway for students to move from music performance and music business into employment in the performing arts industry, through industry based projects and placement



Overview of Learning Activities

Weekly seminars/lectures in internal mode. Campus-based classes involving lectures, workshops and discussions supported by independent research. Teaching staff will take part in the discussion groups. Students are expected to share their ideas and experiences with others, to be involved actively in planning their learning experiences, particularly the nature of their practical experiences in industry-based settings, to undertake on-line information searches and to contribute to continuous quality improvement through informal discussions with staff and participation in a formal evaluation process. Readings will consist primarily of book chapters, scholarly articles and entries from electronic sources. Specific issues may be presented by people working in the music industry.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed References: Nil

Recommended Reading List

Baskerville, David (2006) Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, Sage, London

Beebe, Steven A., Beebe, Susan J. and Ivy, Diana K. (2010) Communication: Principles for a Lifetime, Pearson, New York

Berko, Roy M., Wolvin, Andrew D. and Wolvin, Darlyn R, (2001) Communicating: A social and Career Focus, 8th Edition, Houghton Mifflin, New York

DeVito, Joseph A. (2012) Human Communication: The Basic Course, 12th Edition, Pearson, New York

Eunson, Baden (2008) C21: Communicating in the 21st Century, 2nd Edition, Wiley, Australia

Hargie, Owen (ed) (2006) The Handbook of Communication Skills, 3rd Edition, Routledge, Sussex

Trenholm, Sarah (2011) Thinking Through Communication: An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication, Pearson, New York

Stanton, Nicky (2009) Mastering Communication, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire.

Miel, Dorothy., Macdonald, Raymond., Hargreaves,J. David (2005) Musical Communication,  Oxford University Press, New York

Overview of Assessment


The assessment for Workplace Communication in the Music Industry is designed to provide you with a range of activities to demonstrate how well you meet the course learning outcomes. The assessment involves such skills as developing argument and analysis, conducting independent reading and research, and fostering class discussion.

Forms of Assessment:

1. Multiple Choice Exam:

Weighting 30%

2: Reflective Journal (Group Exercise)

Weighting 30%

3: Final Research Paper (40%)