The Music Theory & Aural Skills courses are a series of courses compulsory for all Bachelor of Music students that develop core skills underpinning analytical and practical engagement in a variety of musical idioms, including common practice, jazz, and popular styles. In this course, students apply their knowledge of functional harmony to gain a deeper appreciation of music while developing greater fluency in reading and interpreting music notation and shorthands. The theory component is complemented with the sequential and aligned development of relevant aural skills, including audiation (inner hearing) and aural awareness of related melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures, through individual and group listening, reading and performing (singing), and dictation activities.
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, through prose and music notation, the core elements of music, including pitch, harmony, rhythm, and form.
- Fluently apply theoretical knowledge through analysis of music scores using appropriate terminology and notation.
- Demonstrate an ability to read and interpret relevant music notation, including inner hearing of melody, harmony, and rhythm, through sight-singing, sight-reading, and performance activities.
- Aurally identify and creative interpret the various elements of music, including pitch, chords, harmony, and rhythm, as demonstrated through notation and performance tasks.
Indicative Assessment50% In-class Activities and Assignments (LOs: 1,2,3,4)
20% In-class tests (LOs: 1,2,4)
20% Final exam (LOs: 1,2,4)
10% Class Participation (LOs: 1,2,3)
Hurdle requirement: Achievement of 50% minimum in both Aural and Theory components.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact: 24 hours of Theory workshops and 24 hours of Aural classes
b) 82 hours of independent reading, writing, and music practice (rhythm and singing activities)
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Music to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsClendinning, J. P., & Marvin, E. W. (2011). The musician's guide to theory and analysis. New York: W.W. Norton.
Edlund, Lars (1976). Modus Vetus. Stockholm: AB Nordiska Musikförlaget.
Palmqvist, Bengt-Olov (2003). Refinement of Rhythm, Vol. 1. Canberra: Bopac.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3307||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|