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; and
- 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.
Indicative AssessmentMid-Semester test (theory and aural), 1.5 hours, held during class in week 6 (25%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Final examination (theory and aural), 1.5 hours, held during the exam period (25%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Analysis and Transcription Portfolio (50%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Hurdle requirement: A minimum mark of 50% cumulatively across all assessment items in the aural component, and a minimum mark of 50% cumulatively across all assessment items in the theory component, is required to pass the course, regardless of performance in other items.
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.
Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks 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.
Beach, D. and McClelland, R. (2012). Analysis of 18th and 19th-Century
Musical Works in the Classical Tradition. New York: Routledge.
Cadwallader, A. and Gagné D. (2011). Analysis of Tonal Music: A Schenkerian Approach. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
Caplin, W. (2013). Analyzing Classical Form: An Approach for the Classroom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Karpinski, G. (2007). Manual for Ear Training and Sight Singing. New York: Norton.
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.
Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.