- Code MUSI2203
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Mode of delivery In Person
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:
- 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; and
- aurally identify and creative interpret the various elements of music, including pitch, chords, harmony, and rhythm, as demonstrated through notation and performance tasks.
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.
- Mid-Semester test (theory and aural), 1.5 hours, held during class in week 6 (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final examination (theory and aural), 2 hours, held during the exam period (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Analysis and Transcription Portfolio (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks of Theory & Aural workshops; and
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.
Preliminary ReadingBurstein L. P., and Straus, J. N. (2016). Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony. New York: Norton.
Karpinski, G. (2007). Manual for Ear Training and Sight Singing. New York: Norton.
Levine, M. (1995). The Jazz Theory Book. Petaluma: Sher.
Mulholland, J. and Hojnacki, T. (2013). The Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony. Boston: Berklee.
Rawlins, R. and Bahha, N. E. (2005). Jazzology: The Encyclopedia of Jazz Theory for All Musicians. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard.
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- 6 units
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