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This course provides students with skills in musicianship, music theory & creative composition. Students will have a good understanding of chords and chord progressions, melodic patterns and notation systems, and will have acquired skills in sight singing and melodic dictation.
In this course, we will be exploring the elements of music—metre, rhythm, modes, scales, and chords. You will learn how to 'hear' a melody which you see notated, and how to notate a melody you hear. You will also compose and harmonise your own melodies, and learn how to use different chord progressions.Some students will come into this course having done some music theory in advance, but for others this will be new. The course will enable you to advance your skills from your current level and, most importantly, to continue to develop the connection between what you hear (music) and what you see (notation). The course caters to those with interests in all styles of music—classical, jazz, and popular.
Understand fundamentals of music theory and notation (modes, scales, keys, intervals, triads and seventh chords);Read and use musical shorthand (figured bass, lead sheets);Use diatonic chords to harmonise major and minor melodies following the logic of common-practice harmony;Understand phrases and cadences in a common-practice context;Use sol-fa as a tool for developing the inner ear and for sight-singing simple melodiesNotate simple melodies played at the piano;Combine the elements of music in a creative composition which students notate in staff notation.
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.
WorkloadStudent workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:• 24 hours attending lectures• 11 hours attending tutorials• 20 hours completing the Practical Musicianship Tasks• 20 hours completing the Composition project• 20 hours preparing for written tests• 55 hours self-directed study
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
Ralph Turek and Daniel McCarthy;
Workbook to Accompany Theory for Today’s Musician,
Turek, Ralph , McCarthy, Daniel William;
Theory for today's musician
Routledge, 2019 (These books can be bought from the University Bookshop; there are also copies in the UC Library. The textbook (not workbook) is available as an eBook from the UC Library).
These books can be bought from the University Bookshop; there are also copies in the UC Library. The textbook (not workbook) is available as an ebook from the UC Library.
Domestic fee $942.00
International fee $4,663.00
* 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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