- Code ANUC1135
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Wide
- ANU College ANU Wide
- Course subject ANU College
- 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. 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.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Diploma of Music (EMUSI).
Upon successful completion, 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; and
- aurally identify the fundamental elements of music, such as pitch, chords, harmony, and rhythm, as demonstrated through notation and/or performance tasks.
Course Contact: Dr Rebecca Cross
T: 02 61250982
- Mid-Semester test (theory and aural), 1.5 hours, held during class in week 6 (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final examination (theory and aural), 2 hours, held during the exam period (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Portfolio assessment (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 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. (null) [LO null]
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Workload160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 75 hours of contact: 75 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 85 hours of supported and independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the ANU Wide to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Clendinning, 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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- 6 units
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