• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Thomas Laue
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
    See Future Offerings

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  1. Define and describe highly advanced elements of music, including those relating to pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and timbre.
  2. Analyse music excerpts from jazz and common practice traditions, using professional-level terminology, concepts, and notation.
  3. 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.
  4. Aurally identify and notate complex features including melody, chords, harmony, and rhythm from music excerpts and recordings.

Indicative Assessment

A 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.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Ten (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

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI2203.

Prescribed Texts

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-.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

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

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions