MUSA100-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Essentials in Music Techniques

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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.

This course will introduce students to the building blocks of music. After completing this course, you will have a firm understanding of the fundamentals of rhythm, melody, harmony, and creative composition. In the course, you will learn to compose and harmonise melodies, sight-sing from notation, notate the music you hear, and analyse and use chord structures. These skills are applicable to all genres and styles of music.
MUSA100 is a core course in the MusB and in the BA in Music. It is also a gateway to the higher level theory, musicianship, and composition courses. Many students from other programmes also take MUSA100 as a standalone course, and you are very welcome to do this.

Learning Outcomes

· Understand basic music notation, key structures and elements and intervals and understand and label common diatonic cadences and chord progressions.
· create, notate, and harmonise melodies
· Aurally identify and notate rhythms and melodies in major and minor keys and modes.
· Sight-sing simple melodies and rhythms.

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


Roger Buckton and Reuben de Lautour


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 $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 .

All MUSA100 Occurrences

  • MUSA100-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022