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This course develops skill in rhythmic, melodic and harmonic procedures, further music analysis techniques, sight-singing and sight-reading skills, including inner parts and counter-rhythms and extended harmonizations using keyboard or guitar.
This course builds on students’ training in 100-level Musicianship and Theory courses. In MUSA200, the focus will be on chromatic harmony (learning to recognise and use chords which include notes from outside the diatonic scale) and counterpoint (the art of combining several melodies together). The course will continue to develop students’ skills in sight-singing, ear training, and musical analysis.
Sight-sing tonal and modal melodies within a polyphonic textureSight-read syncopated rhythmsHarmonise melodies using chromatic chords within a four-part textureRealize straightforward and short figured bass harmonisations at the keyboardAurally recognise and notate melodies in major and minor keys and modesAurally recognise and note harmonic progressions within a four-part textureAnalyse short musical works from score, including transposing instruments and C clef notation, identifying significant musical elements and structural devices and demonstrating an appropriate analytical lexicon.Students will also gain transferable skills: Skills in self-organisation, time management, the meeting of deadlines and, through the individual tests, skills performance under pressure.Skills in transferring information from one dimension to another (e.g. from sight to sound and from sound to sight)Skills in understanding how symbol systems (e.g. music notation) can be used to build large comprehensive structures (e.g. complete musical works)
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to: • 23 hours attending lectures • 11 hours attending tutorials • 40 hours completing the Practical Musicianship Tasks • 5 hours preparing and submitting online assessments • 20 hours completing analysis assignments • 51 hours self-directed study
Students will undertake:• two online tests (involving written and aural components) worth 15% each (due 31 March and 2 June)• one short individual test (rhythm and sight-singing) worth 10% (19 May)Page 3 of 7• three Practical Harmony tasks totalling 30% (assessed in tutorials in weeks 5, 8, 12)• two analysis assignments worth 15% each (due 24 March and 26 May)
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