- Code MUSI1105
- 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. 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.
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.
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 (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]
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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 ReadingClendinning, 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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