MUSIC 2003A - Theory of Music II MS Pt 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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Consolidation and application of theoretical knowledge covered in the Diploma in Aboriginal Studies in Music, and extension of this knowledge primarily through analysis and composition in the context of style.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSIC 2003A
    Course Theory of Music II MS Pt 1
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact 3 x 1 hour lectures or equivalent per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MUSIC 1010 A/B
    Restrictions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only
    Course Description Consolidation and application of theoretical knowledge covered in the Diploma in Aboriginal Studies in Music, and extension of this knowledge primarily through analysis and composition in the context of style.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Anthony Pak Poy

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Teaching Period: Semester 1
    Day and time: Tuesday 1.00 – 2.00 [Seminar 1] + Wednesday 1.00 – 3.00 [Seminar 2]
    Location: 6th Floor, Schulz Building: 603; Keyboard Lab, 4th Floor, Schulz Building
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course is a full year course (Please see Theory of Music 11MS Pt 2). The following outcomes apply to the full year course:

    1. A confident working knowledge of the fundamentals of Western music theory relevant to a variety of music styles including classical, jazz, and popular styles of music.
    2. An understanding of the relationship between music notation systems and music style, with an ability to apply music notation systems appropriate to the above music styles.
    3. An ability to apply knowledge of Western music notation to the piano keyboard.
    4. A confident ability to apply analytical skills to musical structures - the ability to analyse and describe basic melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and formal structures using conventional terminology and symbols.
    5. An understanding of the basic principles of musical organisation.
    6. An understanding of the principles of functional tonality and diatonic chord progression.
    7. An understanding of and ability to apply techniques of 4 part vocal style writing and piano style writing.
    8. An ability to compose and arrange short pieces of music using traditional Western music notation.
    9. An understanding of the principles of modulation and the ability to apply simple modulation techniques.
    10. The ability to transpose music and a working knowledge of writing for transposing instruments.
    11. A basic working knowledge of the functions, structures and names of a selection of suspended, added, altered and substitute chords.
    12. An understanding of the classification and ranges of a variety of musical instruments, and of instrumental techniques relevant to the student’s composition work.
    13. A confident ability to use professional level music software to compose and arrange music, and the ability to create fully notated final performing scores (see 14).
    14. An ability to compose and arrange fully scored short original pieces of chamber music (using professional level music software).
    15. An appreciation of the diversity of music notation systems, including an introductory knowledge of examples of non-western and contemporary notations.
    16. A competent ability to utilise relevant on-line, software, and written resources to build theoretical knowledge and understanding.
    17. A high level ability to apply effective learning skills relevant to interactive small group learning situations.
    18. A confident and competent ability to apply learning skills relevant to the study of music theory at a tertiary level.
    19. An ability to present clear sequenced verbal explanations of theoretical concepts and structures in the class setting.
    20. The ability to apply independent and self directed learning skills.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Class notes and reading materials
    Music Dictionary – medium size recent edition
    Music Manuscript Paper (A4 size)
    Large A4 folder and A4 writing paper, plastic insert sleeves + topic dividers
    2 x (2B) pencils + eraser + pencil sharpener, biro or other writing pen
    Highlighter (light coloured)
    Access to Computer with Sibelius/Cubase and MyUni

    Recommended Resources

    Desk top computer, laptop or tablet with Cubase/Sibelius + midi keyboard; Elder Music Library 

    Online Learning

    See Course Information on MyUni

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course aims to consolidate and extend knowledge of Western music theory, including skills in music analysis, arranging and composition, building on knowledge and skills learned in Theory of Music 1MS.

    The Seminar components provide a small seminar style group interactive learning environment for the attainment of key knowledges and skills required for the completion of assessed components. This includes independent and group class work, formative assessment tasks, and the development of practical keyboard skills.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to attendance at and participation in the Tuesday (1 hr) and Wednesday (2hrs) Seminars (3hrs per week = 75 hours over the full year), students are expected to devote at least 8 hours per week of independent study in preparation for classes, including required reading, completion of take home formative assessment sheets, drafting of arranging and composition work, completion of summative assessment tasks, and practice of keyboard exercises and pieces.

    Learning Activities Summary

    This course is a full year course. The following summary applies to Semester 1 components only:


    Weeks 1 - 7: Key Topics 1
    Review of fundamentals of notation, meter, scales, harmonic and melodic organisation and analysis, keyboard skills.

    ASSESSMENT TASK 1 (5%) Fundamentals Test 1
    ASSESSMENT TASK 2 (6%) Take Home Assignment-Independent Learning Project


    Weeks 7 – 12: Key Topics 2
    Meter, notation, scales, harmonic structures and chord progressions, organising principles, form, transposition, harmonic and melodic analysis and arranging, keyboard skills.

    ASSESSMENT TASK 3 (5%) Fundamentals Test 2
    ASSESSMENT TASK 4 (8%) Take Home Assignment-Composition and Arranging
    SEMESTER 1 EXAMINATION (20%) + Individual Keyboard Skills Assessment (5%)

    Specific Course Requirements


    It is expected that students will make every effort to integrate and apply learned knowledge and skills in this course across all aspects of their program of studies at CASM, and in particular in the Aural Development 11MS, Style Studies 11MS, Practical Music Study 11MS, Performance 11MS and Practical Extension 11 courses.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course is delivered in small group interactive mode, with an emphasis on reflective and analytical thinking, and creative and practical application of learned knowledges and skills.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    This course is a full year course. This information relates to Semester 1 only. Assessment is based on attendance at and participation in seminar classes, satisfactory completion of assigned tasks relevant to key topics, two examinations (one at the end of each Semester), and two keyboard skills assessments (one at the end of each Semester).


    1. Attendance and participation (LO 17, 18, 19, 20) Non-graded 5% (formative)
    2. Examination, Tests and Assignment Tasks (1 – 4 see below) 49% (summative)
      1. ASSESSMENT TASK 1 (5%)
        Fundamentals Test 1 (LO 1, 4, 6, 10)
      2. ASSESSMENT TASK 2 (6%)
        Take Home Assignment Independent Learning Project (LO 1, 4, 6, 20)
      3. ASSESSMENT TASK 3 (5%)
        Fundamentals Test 2 (LO 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10)
      4. ASSESSMENT TASK 4 (8%)
        Take Home Assignment
        Composition and Arranging (LO 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)
      5. EXAMINATION: SEMESTER 1 (LO 1, 4, 5, 6, 18) 20%
    For details of task and assessment criteria for individual tasks please see the criteria sheets and/or marking schemes provided with each assessment component.

    See Also: Assessment for Coursework Programs policy
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students are required to attend 100% of classes in this course, and to participate fully in all tasks and learning activities offered in the classes.

    Please note that it is a formal requirement to attend a minimum of 70% of all classes in this course to achieve a Pass or above grade. It is expected that students will satisfactorily complete all in-class tasks and activities as scheduled, and submit all formal assignment work by the due date.


    In accordance with the principle that course assessment must be fair and equitable, course assessment practices may be modified under specific eligibility conditions as follows:

    Assessment Task Extensions For eligible students whose capacity to demonstrate their true level of competence in an assessment task was, is or will be seriously impaired because of medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances.

    Replacement Examinations For eligible students whose capacity to demonstrate their true level of competence in a final examination was, is or will be seriously impaired because of medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances.

    Additional Assessments A second opportunity for eligible students who obtain a Fail grade in a course to demonstrate the required skills, knowledge and other course outcomes

    Students may be eligible for modified course assessment on grounds of MEDICAL, COMPASSIONATE or EXTENUATING circumstance. Details of eligibility criteria are contained in the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy ( Where a student wishes to apply for modified arrangements for their coursework assessment, they are required to submit a written application using the appropriate CASM Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment form. These are available from the CASM Office, or on the desk in Room 603:

    Form A: Application for Assessment Task Extension
    Form B: Application to Undertake Replacement Assessment: Tests
    Form C: Application to Undertake Replacement Assessment: Examinations
    Form D: Application to Undertake Additional Assessment: Last Course

    For details regarding Guidelines for the Presentation of Written Work please see the Course Profile for this course provided in the first two weeks of the course. For details about the University of Adelaide and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) plagiarism policy, please refer to the CASM Policy Statement & Information Sheet On Plagiarism Information Handout. For further details about Assessment Related Requirements please see the relevant CASM Academic Program Handbook.

    Assessment Detail

    1. Attendance and participation (Non-Graded) (LO 17, 18, 19, 20) 5% (formative)

    Attendance alone is not regarded as active participation. The Assessment Criteria for participation in this course are as follows:

    1. Punctual attendance at class, and remaining for the full duration of the class
    2. Preparation for classes, including set readings and completion of take home exercises. Take home reading and tasks should be completed to the best of the student’s ability.
    3. Active participation in all learning activities to the best of one’s ability, including non-graded assessment tasks
    4. Constructive contribution to the in-class learning environment, including active engagement in learning processes through active listening, note-taking, contribution to discussion, contribution to group and leadership activities, undertaking guided learning tasks, and seeking clarification where needed
    5. Satisfactory completion of formative guided in-class tasks and activities. Students should actively engage in all learning tasks and activities and attempt each task and/or activity to the best of their ability.

    2. In-class tests and take home assignment tasks (1 – 4) 49% (summative)

    Fundamentals Test 1 (LO 1, 4, 6, 10)
    Individual assessment of knowledge and understanding of Key Topics 1 covered in Semester 1, Term 1.

    Take Home Assignment (LO 1, 4, 6, 20)
    Independent Learning Project
    Assessment of ability to independently learn and apply an analytical understanding of the relationship between melody and harmony in a diatonic context, from explanatory notes, and through short composed examples.

    Fundamentals Test 2 (LO 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10)
    Individual assessment of understanding of Key Topics 2 as covered in Semester 1, Term 2.

    Take Home Assignment (LO 2, 5, 6, 7, 8) 
    Composition and Arranging
    Assessment of ability to compose and fully notate an original harmonised melody, demonstrating an understanding of functional diatonic harmony, principles of musical organization, and smooth voice leading, following given criteria.

    3. Examination [Semester 1] 20% (summative)
    SEMESTER 1 EXAMINATION (LO 1, 4, 5, 6, 18)
    Individual multiple question comprehensive assessment of knowledge covered in Semester 1 of the course.

    4. Individual Keyboard Assessment 5% (summative)
    (LO 3) Individual assessment of keyboard reading and performance skill based on two selected keyboard pieces.

    *For details of assessment criteria for individual tasks see criteria sheets and/or marking schemes provided with each assessment component.


    All assessable work in this course should be submitted in person to the course lecturer. The only exception to this is where the assessment task specifies electronic return. All assessment tasks must be submitted by the due date.

    All submitted assigned tasks must be accompanied by a completed and signed CASM Assignment Cover Sheet. These are a legal requirement and are legally binding. Copies of the blue CASM Assignment Cover Sheet are available to students in Room 603, and are also available from the CASM Office upon request.

    Students are reminded to keep their own copy of all submitted work for their personal records.


    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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