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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.
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.
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.
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, which can be).
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.