Course Title: Music: Style and Genre

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Music: Style and Genre

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Ian Rogers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9838

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of PERF2064 Music: Performance and Production.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k

Course Description

In this course you will acquire knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the historical development of styles and genres of music in context with other major artistic, social, political and technological developments. Topics and areas of discussion may include an overview of the development of specific music styles and genres that have had a profound influence on the contemporary music industry; the history behind particular music styles and genres, key artists and composers, significant forms and structures of composition, and influential works and songs; an examination of the forces affecting the development of contemporary music styles and genres; and the influence of African-American traditions in popular music.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Analyse and evaluate music practices and theories in local, national and global communities and industry contexts.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

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

  • Classify historical, current and potential issues in the music industries.
  • Relate global music practices to local music industry contexts.
  • Identify and analyse the connections between music and society, culture, politics and race.
  • Articulate your perspective and critique concepts with your peers.
  • Evaluate the defining characteristics of music styles and genres.

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 may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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 the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment