The Aural Skills and Music Theory 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 analytical approaches to larger harmonic and formal frameworks while investigating more complex rhythmic, pitch, formal, and harmonic structures in music. 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:
- demonstrate an understanding of more complex elements of music, including those relating to pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and form;
- fluently apply theoretical knowledge through analysis of music scores using more complex terminology and notation;
- demonstrate an ability to fluently read and interpret more complex music notation, including inner hearing of melody, harmony, and rhythm, through sight-singing, sight-reading, and performance activities; and
- aurally identify and creative interpret more complex elements of music, including pitch, chords, and harmony in major and minor keys, and more complex rhythms, 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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130 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
Burstein 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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