MUSA201-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Harmony and Score-Reading

This occurrence is not offered in 2022

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


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 is the culmination of the four-course sequence in musicianship and music theory. MUSA201 focuses in particular on hearing and analysing musical form, on expressing that understanding in conducting, on jazz harmony, and on post-tonal musical techniques. Students who complete this course will be able to conduct an instrumental or vocal ensemble, recognise and appreciate common musical forms both with and without the score, and create their own jazz arrangement of a standard.

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 Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:

24 hours attending lectures (including tests)
12 hours attending tutorials (including assessments)
6 hours attending “musicianship skills” class
20 hours preparing for the individual assessments
30 hours completing the analysis assignments
58 hours self-directed study


Francis Yapp


Kim Wood


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

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 .

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  • MUSA201-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022 - Not Offered