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:

  • Have experience in analysing musical works from a variety of styles and periods, and their connection with those periods.
  • Be familiar with and able to apply principles of and approaches to musical analysis.
  • Understand relevant terminology for describing music and standard format types such as binary, ternary, sonata, rondo, etc.
  • Be able to conduct from vocal and chamber-music scores, and communicate efficiently with musicians.
  • Have an enhanced understanding of chromatic harmony, and be able to recognise key elements of jazz history and post-tonal theory;
  • Have developed the ability to see patterns in complex information; to transfer information from one dimension to another (e.g. from sight to sound and from sound to sight); and an understanding of how symbol systems (e.g. music notation) can be used to build large comprehensive structures (e.g. complete musical works).
    • 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:

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


Courtney Hickmott


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Conducting Test 1 10%
Analysis Assignment 25%
Conducting Test 2 15%
Online Quiz 15%
Conducting Test 3 10%
Analysis Assignment 2 25%

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 .

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  • MUSA201-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023