• 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
    • Dr Thomas Laue
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second 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. This course introduces students to various analytical approaches to 20th Century and contemporary music repertoire, both theoretical and aurally. The theory component is complemented with the sequential and aligned development of advanced aural skills, including audiation (inner hearing) and aural awareness of complex melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures, through individual and group listening, reading and performing (singing), dictation, and aural analysis activities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of highly advanced elements of music in both tonal and atonal contexts, including those relating to pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and form;
  2. reflect critically and apply theoretical knowledge of analytical approaches to 20th Century and contemporary music using professional-level terminology and notation;
  3. demonstrate a fluent ability to read and apply advanced music notation, including inner hearing of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements through sight-singing, sight-reading, and performance activities; and
  4. aurally identify and interpret with great fluency and creativity some of the more advanced elements of music in tonal and atonal contexts, including highly advanced rhythms and polyrhythms, 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), 1.5 hours, held during the exam period (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Analysis and Transcription Portfolio (50) [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

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI2503 or MUSI3319, or have equivalent level of musical proficiency as demonstrated by a placement test, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI3320.

Prescribed Texts

N/A

Preliminary Reading

Straus, J. N. (2016). Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory. 4th ed. New York: Norton.

Friedmann, M. L. (1990). Ear Training for Twentieth-Century Music. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6820 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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