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. This course introduces the fundamental, core elements of music theory, including the function and use of basic vocabulary and notation to describe pitch, metre, rhythm, chords, and harmonic functions. The theory component is complemented with the sequential and aligned development of relevant aural skills, including an aural awareness of basic melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures.
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 notation, the fundamental elements of music, including pitch, harmony, tonality, rhythm, and metre.
- Apply theoretical knowledge through basic music analysis using appropriate terminology and notation.
- Demonstrate an ability to read and apply music notation, including inner hearing of basic melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements through sight-singing, sight-reading, and performance activities.
- Aurally identify the fundamental elements of music, such as pitch, chords, harmony, and rhythm, as demonstrated through notation and/or 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 Theory & Aural workshops
b) 82 hours of independent study, including listening and written tasks, and practical exercises (e.g., sight-singing)
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. (2014). The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals (2nd ed). New York: W.W. Norton.
Root, Jena. (2014). Applied Music Fundamentals: Writing, Singing, and Listening. New York: Oxford University Press.
Snodgrass, J. S. (2016). Contemporary Musicianship: Analysis and the Artist. New York: Oxford University Press.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3304||19 Feb 2018||27 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person||N/A|