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 chromatic harmony and modulation, and advanced analytical techniques theory through the detailed study of music scores and excerpts. The theory component is complemented with the sequential and aligned development of relevant aural skills, including audiation (inner hearing) and aural awareness of advanced melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures, through individual and group listening, reading and performing (singing), dictation, and aural analysis activities.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of advanced elements of music, including those relating to pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and form;
- apply theoretical knowledge of advanced chromatic and analytical techniques using advanced terminology and notation;
- demonstrate an ability to fluently read and interpret advanced music notation, including inner hearing of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements, through sight-singing, sight-reading, and performance activities; and
- aurally identify and creatively interpret advanced musical elements, including pitch, chords, and harmony in tonal and non-tonal contexts, and advanced rhythms and polyrhythms, 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 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final examination (theory and aural), 1.5 hours, held during the exam period (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Analysis and Transcription Portfolio (50) [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;
b) 82 hours of independent study, including listening and written tasks, and practical exercises (e.g., sight-singing).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Beach, D. and McClelland, R. (2012). Analysis of 18th and 19th-Century Musical Works in the Classical Tradition. New York: Routledge.
Cadwallader, A. and Gagne D. (2011). Analysis of Tonal Music: A Schenkerian Approach. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
Caplin, W. (2013). Analyzing Classical Form: An Approach for the Classroom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Karpinski, G. (2007). Manual for Ear Training and Sight Singing. New York: Norton.
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