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This course develops competence in rhythmic, melodic and simple harmonic procedures, fundamental music analysis techniques, sight-singing and sight-readings skills and simple harmonizations using keyboard or guitar.
The course offers students an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of harmonic, rhythmic and melodic notation and theory; to learn fundamental approaches to music analysis; develop aural skills with competence in rhythmic, melodic and simple harmonic dictation; strengthen their abilities to sight-sing, sight-read music and to create and perform simple harmonisations of diatonic melodies on keyboard.
Students who pass this course will: Have highly-developed aural skills, including competence in sight-singing and melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation; Have an understanding of tonal harmony, including diatonic harmony and simple chromatic harmony; Be able to harmonise simple melodies, and perform these harmonisations at the keyboard; Be able to analyse music from score (including scores using C-clefs and transposing instruments); Be able to discern patterns in complex information.
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.
MUSA100 or equivalent preparation approved by the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:• 24 hours attending lectures• 10 hours attending keyboard tutorials• 6 hours attending “musicianship singing” class• 20 hours completing the ‘practical harmony’ tasks• 20 hours completing the analysis assignments• 70 hours self-directed study
Turek, Ralph. , McCarthy, Daniel William;
Theory for today's musician;
Routledge, 2014 (Also Ralph Turek and Daniel McCarthy, Workbook to Accompany Theory for Today’s Musician, 2nd edn (New York: Routledge, 2014)
These books can be bought from the University Bookshop. There is also a companion website to the textbook, http://www.rou).
Domestic fee $834.00
International fee $3,600.00
* 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.