• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Musicology, Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Thomas Laue
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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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 students to various analytical approaches to 20th Century and contemporary music repertoire, both theoretical and aurally. The theory component is complemented with the sequential and aligned development of advanced aural skills, including audiation (inner hearing) and aural awareness of complex melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures, through individual and group listening, reading and performing (singing), dictation, and aural analysis activities.

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 in both tonal and atonal contexts, including those relating to pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and form.
  2. Reflect critically and apply theoretical knowledge of analytical approaches to 20th Century and contemporary music using professional-level terminology 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 interpret with great fluency and creativity some of the more advanced elements of music in tonal and atonal contexts, including highly advanced rhythms and polyrhythms, as demonstrated through notation and performance tasks.

Indicative Assessment

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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Workload

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

To enrol in this course you must have completed Music Theory & Aural Skills 5 or have equivalent level of musical proficiency as demonstrated by a placement test. Alternatively, you may gain permission of the Course Convenor to enrol in this course.

You will need to contact the School of Music to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

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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Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
9858 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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