MUSA100-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Essentials in Music Techniques

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
20 Feb 2017 - 25 Jun 2017


This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of harmonic, rhythmic and melodic notation, and develops aural skills with a basic competence in rhythmic and melodic dictation, sight-singing and sight-reading, and essential harmony.

Topics covered in this course

Rhythm:  pulse, tempo, note values, rests, ties, syncopation, simple time, compound time
Pitch:  Sol-fa, the stave, clefs, keyboard layout, tones/semitones, major scales, modes, minor keys and scales, intervals
Harmony:  Triads and their inversions, chords in major and minor keys, cadences, harmonising simple phrases (diatonic, modal), implied harmonies, chromatic harmonies arising from minor keys, seventh chords and their labels; related keys

Melodic dictation with chromatic elements; modal melodies.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will be able to:
*  Understand basic music notation, key structures and elements (up to 5 sharps/flats) and intervals (up to 8ve), and understand and label common diatonic cadences and chord progressions;
*  Generate common diatonic chord progressions, read and write tonal and modal melodies on treble and bass staves, and write harmonisations of relatively simple melodic phrases;
*  Aurally identify simple rhythms and melodies in major and minor keys and modes, notating them when given the starting pitch, and identify simple harmonic sequences and intervals;
* Sight-sing very simple melodies, sight-read simple rhythms, and sing the upper line of a simple two-part diatonic phrase, while the lower part is played by the tutor.



Timetable 2017

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Music 206 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
02 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Music 206 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
03 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 A7 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun

Timetable Note


Student workload (150) will be allocated to:
*  23 hours attending lectures
*  12 hours attending tutorials
*  40 hours completing the Practical Musicianship tasks
*  75 hours self-directed study

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Glenda Keam , Francis Yapp and Justin DeHart


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Four Practical Musicianship Tasks 40% PM Task 1 : Week 2 PM Task 2 : Week 4 PM Task 3 : Week 8 PM Task 4 : Week 10
Individual Rhythm Assessment 10% Week 3
Individual Sight-Singing Assessment 10% Week 11
In-Class Test 30 Mar 2017 20%
In-Class Test 01 Jun 2017 20%


Use of Technology

This course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer to access material for your course.  Your written work will be handwritten and submitted in class time.

You will be required to access our learning management system – LEARN – and to become familiar with its tools.  LEARN provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials.  For help using LEARN, refer to:

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:

A+  90–100;    A   85–89;    A-  80–84;    B+   75–79;    B 70–74;    B-   65–69;     C+  60–64;     C  55–59;     C- 50–54;     D  40–49;   E  0–39
In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which will be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $817.00

International fee $3,525.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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