MUSA201-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Harmony and Score-Reading

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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 course develops students’ skills in music analysis and musicianship. The focus is on understanding and analysing musical form, with a practical application in conducting and score-reading. It also aims to consolidate students’ understanding of chromatic and diatonic harmony, and to foster an appreciation of harmonic analysis as part of a wider perspective on applied music analysis.

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 25% conducting/score-reading
Analysis Assignment 1 15% In August
Analysis Assignment 2 15% In November
Practical Harmony task 20% In August OR September
Online Test 15% In October

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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  • MUSA201-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021