MUSA201-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Harmony and Score-Reading

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course will enable students to develop aural and notation skills in complex rhythmic, melodic and harmonic processes and skills in music analysis techniques including the analysis of orchestral scores. Students will also learn to conduct from a four-part score and/or perform a simple keyboard reduction from an orchestral score.

This course develops students’ skills in music analysis and musicianship. The focus is on understanding and analysing musical form, with a practical application in conducting and score-reading. It also aims to consolidate students’ understanding of chromatic and diatonic harmony, and to foster an appreciation of harmonic analysis as part of a wider perspective on applied music analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will:

  • Be able to analyse musical works both aurally and by study of the score;
  • Be able to discern common forms, including binary, ternary, sonata, and rondo forms;
  • Be able to conduct from vocal and chamber-music scores;
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of chromatic harmony;
  • Be able to recognise key elements of post-tonal harmony;

    and have further developed the following transferable skills:

  • The ability to see patterns in complex information;
  • The ability to transfer information from one dimension to another (e.g. from sight to sound and from sound to sight);
  • An understanding of how symbol systems (e.g. music notation) can be used to build large comprehensive structures (e.g. complete musical works);
  • Self-organization, time management, the meeting of deadlines and —through the individual
      tests—performance under pressure.
    • 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.



MUSI 271

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Fine Arts 122 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Fine Arts 122 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 A7 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Glenda Keam


Matthew Everingham


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Indvidual Assessment 1 10% Conducting/score-reading
Individual Assessment 2 20% Conducting/score-reading
Analysis Assignment 1 15% In August
Analysis Assignment 2 20% In September
Analysis Assignment 3 15% In October
Test 1 20% Involving written and aural components in October


Required Texts

Turek, Ralph. , McCarthy, Daniel William; Theory for today's musician; 2nd ed; 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, which can be).

Indicative Fees

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.

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