The Music Theory & Aural Skills courses are a series of four courses compulsory for all Bachelor of Music students that develop core skills underpinning analytical and practical engagement in a variety of musical settings, including jazz and common practice idioms. Music Theory & Aural Skills 4 introduces highly advanced concepts in music theory, including secondary harmonic functions, chromatic harmony, mixed modes, and extended chords and voicings. The theoretical component is aligned with the sequential development of advanced aural skills through inner hearing (audiation), aural awareness, and skills in listening and notation of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures at an advanced level through sight-singing, sight-reading, dictation, and aural analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Define and describe highly advanced elements of music, including those relating to pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and timbre.
- Analyse music excerpts from jazz and common practice traditions, using professional-level terminology, concepts, and notation.
- Demonstrate a fluent ability to read and apply advanced music notation, including inner hearing of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements through sight-singing, sight-reading, and performance activities.
- Aurally identify and notate complex features including melody, chords, harmony, and rhythm from music excerpts and recordings.
Indicative AssessmentA mid-semester test, incorporating exercises in theory, aural transcription and practical aural exercises (20% Aural, 20% theory; 40% total) [Learning Outcome 1–4]
The Aural component comprises:
10% transcription (listening and notating) test
10% practical aural exercises; grade derived from the average of the two highest marks out of three, undertaken during specified Aural tutorials spread across the semester
A final exam, incorporating exercises in theory, aural transcription and practical aural exercises (30% Aural, 30% theory; 60% total) [Learning Outcome 1–4]
The Aural component comprises:
15% aural transcription (listening and notating) paper
15% a Viva Voce (practical aural exercises) exam
Hurdle: achievement of 50% minimum in both combined aural and combined theory components of the mid-semester test and final exam.
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WorkloadTen (10) hours of student learning time per week (130 hours total) made up from:
a) 3.5 hours of contact:
1 hour Theory lecture
1 hour Theory tutorial
1.5 hour Aural seminar
b) 6.5 hours of independent student work
Requisite and Incompatibility
Palmqvist, Bengt-Olov. Refinement of Rhythm, vol. 2, Canberra: Bopac, 2006.
Edlund, Lars. Modus Vetus. Stockholm: AB Nordiska Musikfo¨rlaget, 1976.
Edlund, Lars. Modus Novus: studies in reading atonal melodies. Stockholm: AB Nordiska Musikfo¨rlaget, 197-.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8470||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|