MUSA100-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Essentials in Music Techniques

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of harmonic, rhythmic and melodic notation, and develops aural skills with a basic competence in rhythmic and melodic dictation, sight-singing and sight-reading, and essential harmony.

Topics covered in this course:
•  Rhythm: pulse, tempo, note values, rests, ties, syncopation, simple time, compound time
•  Pitch: Sol-fa, the stave, clefs, keyboard layout, tones/semitones, major scales, modes, minor keys and scales, intervals
•  Harmony:  Triads and their inversions, chords in major and minor keys, cadences, harmonising simple phrases (diatonic, modal), implied harmonies, chromatic harmonies arising from minor keys, seventh chords and their labels; related keys

Melodic dictation with chromatic elements; modal melodies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who pass this course will be able to:
  • Understand basic music notation, key structures and elements (up to 5 sharps/flats) and intervals (up to 8ve), and understand and label common diatonic cadences and chord progressions;
  • Generate common diatonic chord progressions, read and write tonal and modal melodies on treble and bass staves, and write harmonisations of relatively simple melodic phrases;
  •  Aurally identify simple rhythms and melodies in major and minor keys and modes, notating them when given the starting pitch, and identify simple harmonic sequences and intervals;
  •  Sight-sing very simple melodies, sight-read simple rhythms, and sing the upper line of a simple two-part diatonic phrase, while the lower part is played by the tutor.
    • 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 Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:

• 23 hours attending lectures
• 11 hours attending tutorials
• 40 hours completing the Practical Musicianship Tasks
• 10 hours completing online assessments
• 66 hours self-directed study

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Kimberley Wood


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Practical Musicianship Task 1 10%
Practical Musicianship Task 2 10%
Practical Musicianship Task 3 10%
Practical Musicianship Task 4 10%
Individual Rhythm Assessment 10%
Individual Sight-Singing Assessment 10%
Online Test 20%
Online Test 20%

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* 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.

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All MUSA100 Occurrences

  • MUSA100-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021