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 chromatic harmony and modulation, and advanced analytical techniques theory through the detailed study of music scores and excerpts. The theory component is complemented with the sequential and aligned development of relevant aural skills, including audiation (inner hearing) and aural awareness of advanced melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures, through individual and group listening, reading and performing (singing), dictation, and aural analysis 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 advanced elements of music, including those relating to pitch, melody,
harmony, rhythm, and form.
theoretical knowledge of advanced chromatic and analytical techniques using
advanced terminology and notation.
- Demonstrate an
ability to fluently read and interpret advanced music notation, including inner
hearing of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements, through sight-singing,
sight-reading, and performance activities.
- Aurally identify and creative interpret advanced elements of music, including pitch, chords, and harmony in tonal and atonal contexts, and advanced rhythms and polyrhythms, as demonstrated through notation and performance tasks.
40% Weekly in-class Activities and Assignments (LOs: 1,2,3,4)
20% Three in-class tests (LOs: 1,2,4)
20% Final written exam (LOs: 1,2,4)
10% Aural Viva Voce (LOs: 3,4)
10% Class Participation (LOs: 1,2,3)
Hurdle: achievement of 50% minimum in both the Aural and Theory components.
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130 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.
Clendinning, J. P., & Marvin, E. W. (2011). The musician's guide to theory and analysis. New York: W.W. Norton.
Edlund, Lars (1990). Modus Novus: studies in reading atonal melodies. Stockholm: AB Nordiska Musikförlaget.
Edlund, Lars (1976). Modus Vetus. Stockholm: AB Nordiska Musikförlaget.
Palmqvist, Bengt-Olov (2006). Refinement of Rhythm, Vol. 2. Canberra: Bopac.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4799||19 Feb 2018||27 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person||N/A|