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History - Classical

Our Single Study program is a great way to study a single class or two offered at WAAPA without committing to one of our full-time programs.

Welcome to your musical introduction into the history of modernist and postmodernist music. This unit is a thematically-based examination of issues that have informed the development of techniques and ideologies of composers following the common practice period, such as: transcendence, abstraction, irrationality, rationality, technology, authenticity, non-Western culture, quotation and immanence. Get ready to expand your historical knowledge where emphasis will be placed on the development of critical enquiry and listening skills.

On completion, all participants should be able to:

  • critically discuss issues that informed developments in modernist and postmodernist art music;
  • demonstrate critical enquiry and listening skills;
  • identify and contextualise seminal modernist and postmodernist composers, composition techniques and key recordings;
  • show familiarity with the presentation of academic research including proper formatting and attribution; and
  • use academic resources to formulate a critical argument.

Course details

Dates: Semester 1
Cost: $1,145

Cancellations and refunds

Please choose your course carefully as full refunds will only be given if a course has been cancelled. In the case of illness, a partial refund will only by granted upon presentation of a valid medical certificate within seven days of the course end date. Refunds will incur an administration charge of 15% of the total course fee.


A confirmation letter (including details of location, times and what to bring/prepare) will be sent to your email address approximately one week before the start of the course.

For further enquiries please contact:School Officer - Music
Elly Welch
Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6845

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