Course Title: Music: People and Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Music: People and Practices

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Sebastian Diaz-Gasca

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1089

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact coordinator via email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an introduction to the people, practices and scholarship of the global music industries. In addressing various issues, trends, and cultural and social contexts, this course will lay a foundation for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in your degree. Most importantly, it will build your familiarity and awareness of music as both a business and a culture.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Employ a body of theoretical knowledge and skills to respond to the multi-skilled and changing nature of music industry practices.
  • Analyse and evaluate music practices and theories in local, national and global communities and industry contexts.
  • Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Investigate a range of theoretical frameworks in relation to the music industries and their practices.
  2. Discuss various contemporary trends and issues operating within the music industries.
  3. Identify and analyse some of the key networks of the contemporary global music industries.
  4. Communicate ideas within a broad range of music-related contexts.
  5. Analyse the range and impact of different media on the culture and business of music.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources
relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Music Industry students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Group video (Group) 15% Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 5.

Assessment Task 2: Academic Integrity Cred (Individual) 5% Linked CLOs: 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Essay (Individual) 30% Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Assessment Task 4: Studio Assessment (Individual) 50% Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.