MUSA100-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Essentials in Music Techniques

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.




Please note that the timetable has not been finalised.

Scheduled days and times will be confirmed, following review, on 5th November.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 A7
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
02 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 A7
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
03 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Fine Arts 122
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:

• 23 hours attending lectures
• 11 hours attending tutorials
• 40 hours completing the Practical Musicianship Tasks
• 10 hours completing online assessments
• 66 hours self-directed study

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Kimberley Wood


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Practical Musicianship Task 1 10%
Practical Musicianship Task 2 10%
Practical Musicianship Task 3 10%
Practical Musicianship Task 4 10%
Individual Rhythm Assessment 10%
Individual Sight-Singing Assessment 10%
Online Test 20%
Online Test 20%

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,313.00

* 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.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All MUSA100 Occurrences

  • MUSA100-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022