• 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
  • Course convener
    • Alexander Hunter
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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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 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate, through prose and music notation, an understanding of the core elements of music, including pitch, harmony, rhythm, and form;
  2. fluently apply theoretical knowledge through analysis of music scores using appropriate terminology and notation;
  3. 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
  4. aurally identify and creative interpret the various elements of music, including pitch, chords, harmony, and rhythm, as demonstrated through notation and performance tasks.

Other Information

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-Semester test (theory and aural), 1.5 hours, held during class in week 6 (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Final examination (theory and aural), 2 hours, held during the exam period (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Analysis and Transcription Portfolio (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: ANUC1137, MUSI2203 and ANUC1138.

You will need to contact the School of Music to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

N/A

Preliminary Reading

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

Assumed Knowledge

When enrolling in this course, you should have a basic acquaintance with fundamentals of music notation and music theory (intervals, triads etc). Such competency may be developed through engagement with the School of Music Theory Bridging Course, or by taking the first-year course Materials of Music MUSI1510.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
12
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3891 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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