MUSA201-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Harmony and Score-Reading

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Advanced training in music theory and musicianship across a range of genres.

This is the culmination of a four-course sequence in musicianship and music theory.  Other courses include MUSA100, MUSA101, and MUSA200. MUSA201 focuses on understanding and analysing musical scores and applying that understanding through descriptive analysis and in conducting instrumental and/or vocal ensembles.  We study a range of scores drawn from a variety of periods, genres, and styles, recent and historical, looking at their construction from a variety of angles including formal, harmonic, voice-leading, and motivic.

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.




Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 A7
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 003 Music
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

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

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jonathan Le Cocq


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

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,488.00

* 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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  • MUSA201-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023