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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 keysMelodic dictation with chromatic elements; modal melodies.
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.
WorkloadStudent workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:• 23 hours attending lectures• 12 hours attending tutorials• 40 hours completing the Practical Musicianship Tasks• 75 hours self-directed study
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
Domestic fee $867.00
International fee $4,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Humanities and Creative Arts