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Semester 1

Fundamentals of Music Theory (MUSI07001)

Subject

Music

College

CAHSS

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

1

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

This course is designed for students with little to no musical background. Students who have previously completed music studies to the equivalent of GCE A Level grade A, Scottish Advanced Higher grade A, or ABRSM Music Theory grade 7, (or qualifications above that level), should not enrol on this course. This course may incur additional costs. **Spaces on Music courses are limited in 2022/23, and so enrolment cannot be guaranteed for any visiting student**

Course Summary

This course introduces the foundational concepts of Western European music theory, providing basic skills needed to read and write conventional stave music notation, as well as to analyse musical notation and sounds. The course includes material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, metre, phrases and cadences, and basic common practice harmony. Please use the interactive LEARN resource, 'Fundamentals of Music Theory Diagnostic', to help you decide if this course is suitable for you. - Follow these steps for LEARN self-enrol: Go to Learn / Self-Enrol / search for course ID: ZU_Music_Diagnostic

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the foundational concepts of Western European music theory, providing basic skills needed to read and write five-line staff music notation, as well as to analyse musical notation and sounds. The rudiments of music theory describes a set of concepts and skills derived from European musical traditions, widely used to communicate about musical ideas. This course covers the fundamentals of this approach, from the absolute basics to some more advanced concepts, including material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, metre, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony. While the concepts and skills that generally define music theory are useful ones to interrogate many forms of music, the area of study as a whole has most commonly been developed to explain compositions of Western European art music. However, you will be encouraged to value and draw upon your prior experiences in music listening and performance to contextualize your learning, as you acquire this particular set of skills. The syllabus is delivered through online video lectures and a supplementary course textbook. These are available for self-directed study during the 11 weeks of teaching, supported by small-group supervised classroom and keyboard lab tutorials to reinforce and develop your learning. This will support you in achieving a working grasp of music theory rudiments which you can apply by reading and writing musical notation reasonably fluently. Assessment takes place through online quizzes during the semester, and a final coursework submission. Please use the interactive LEARN resource, 'Fundamentals of Music Theory Diagnostic', to help you decide if this course is suitable for you. - Follow these steps for LEARN self-enrol: Go to Learn / Self-Enrol / search for course ID: ZU_Music_Diagnostic

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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