MUSSUPST 1000A - Aural Development Studies 1 Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Tutorials will focus on the development of aural skills through the recognition, notation and transcription of rhythms, scales, modes, intervals, melodies, chords, harmonic progressions and modulations. Workshops will develop aural and vocal skills through sight-singing of varied choral repertoire in semester 1, and will develop critical listening skills through listening and score-reading of set works in semester 2. The lecture series will include library and assignment writing skills, and an introduction to careers in music.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSSUPST 1000A
    Course Aural Development Studies 1 Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Assumed knowledge - SACE Stage 2 Musicianship
    Assessment Semester 1 and 2: Library skills workbook 10%, Written assignment 10%, Choral performance and sight-singing demonstration 20%, Listening test 20%, Aural test (x4) 40% in total
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Rosevear

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 To develop skills in aural awareness, through recognition, notation and transcription across the range of musical elements: meter, rhythm, pitch, harmony, timbre, texture, dynamics, articulation and structure.
    2 To accurately express the comprehension of musical elements through standard musical notation, and written language using appropriate musical terminology.
    3 To provide a practical vocal framework for the continued development of each student’s music reading, sight-singing and aural skills through singing a variety of repertoire.
    4 To broaden general awareness of the main forms and genres in western art music through the application of analytical and critical listening skills to selected works.
    5 To provide an introduction to study skills and their potential application towards aspects of careers in music.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no set textbook for this course. Please note that all students require a black plastic display folder for their Chauralation music in semester 1.
    Recommended Resources
    e-learning resources - Students are encouraged to make use of the excellent online resources available through the Conservatorium’s subscription to e-learning resources. In addition to comprehensive information that is clearly presented, there are numerous practice questions for aural and theoretical questions, as well as a wide range of other support information.

    Oxford Music Online is a portal that enables searching in Grove Music Online and other Oxford reference content in the one location. Students can access Oxford Music Online which houses Grove music online through the link on the Elder Music Library website at:
    Grove music online [electronic resource] can also be located as a title search through the library catalogue.

    Copland, A. (1957). What to listen for in music. Rev.ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

    Auralia - The aural training software program Auralia is available on the PC computers available to students on Level 7 of Schulz. Students are encouraged to make use of this software which can cater for wide-ranging abilities. (Note: Please bring your own headphones).
    Online Learning
    The myuni site for this course will contain further detailed information, including lecture notes and various learning resources.

    The Elder Music Library’s Music Resources Guide contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here too you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library.

    Many musical scores have been digitised and can be accessed through the Petrucci Music Library - (can also be accessed via the Music Resources Guide).

    You can listen to an extensive range of works either on or off-campus through the library's Naxos subscription. You can search for recordings many ways, such as by composer, performer or name of the work. The link to the Naxos catalogue is as follows: 
    You will be prompted to enter your uni ID number and password to access the Naxos catalogue and there is a wealth of material available for listening (but not downloading) via the internet.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will introduce students to the library skills that will be necessary to seek out information and resources to support their music studies. Students will become familiar with opportunities for career-related activities.

    Chauralation workshops, which are held in semester 1, provide a practical vocal framework for the development of general musicianship and associated aural skills through singing a variety of repertoire,  and providing an enjoyable and positive experience of choral ensemble work. Separate workshops are held for males and females, thus optimizing the experience for both groups.

    Listening workshops which are held in semester 2, seek to expand students’ critical listening skills and knowledge of repertoire and composers through listening to various works whilst reading scores during workshops.

    Aural class tutorials focus on further development of skills in recognition, notation and transcription of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements as well as critical listening.

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

    In addition to the 2+ contact hours per week, it is anticipated that students would spend 3-4 hours per week in listening to repertoire, score reading, preparing assignments, and practising aural skills throughout the year.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures – Weeks 1-6, semester 1
    Week 1 – Study Skills
    Week 2 – Introduction to the Library Skills Workbook
    Week 3 – Academic survival
    Week 4 – University Careers Counsellor
    Week 5 – Careers in music education
    Week 6 – Career paths

    Semester 1: Chauralation - Singing a variety of repertoire in a choral setting for the development of general musicianship and associated aural skills. Separate workshops are held for males and females, thus optimizing the experience for both groups. Students will develop their skills in sight-singing, part-singing, general ensemble skills, specific choral ensemble skills, intonation, and musical expressivity through the voice, thereby further developing each student's general musicianship, stylistic awareness and confidence and providing an enjoyable and positive experience of choral ensemble work.
    Semester 2: Listening
    Listening to, and score-reading of, a range of set works from a variety of genres, including: keyboard suite and piano sonata, string quartet, symphony, concerto, sacred choral music and opera. Exploration of sound elements, including: meter, rhythm, pitch, harmony, timbre, texture, dynamics, articulation and structure. Students will be expected to undertake independent listening to prescribed works in addition to those that are used in the workshops and to become familiar with basic information about the composers, such as nationality, historical context, and main works in their compositional output.

    Aural Class Tutorials - semesters 1 & 2
    Recognition, notation and transcription of:
    · Rhythms - Simple, compound time, irregular time signatures, metric changes
    · Intervals - All diatonic and chromatic intervals within octave, Compound intervals
    · Scales and modes - All major and minor scales and modes
    · Melodies - Within an octave and over an 8ve, voice lines in 2 and 3-part textures
    · Triads and chords - All triads and 7th chords in root position and inversions
    · Harmonic progressions - Recognition of cadences and simple chord progressions (root position and 1st inversion chords); Notation of bass line (soprano melody given); recognition of chord progressions (including all inversions and 7th chords)
    · Modulation - to closely related keys, chromatic modulation
    · Textures - homophonic, polyphonic
    · Instrumentation - Within orchestral context and various groupings
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to participate in the Choral Concert at the end of semester 1 - date to be advised.
  • 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
    Assignment task Task type Weighting Course learning objectives
    Library skills workbook Summative 10% 4, 5
    Choral performance and demonstration of sight-singing Summative 20% 1-3
    Listening assignment Summative 10% 1-3
    Listening test Summative 20% 1-3
    Aural assessment tasks (x 4 @ 10%) Summative 40% 1-3
    Note: formative tasks, in the form of tutorial or homework exercises will assist in the completion of the summative assessment tasks. Completion of all assessment tasks is compulsory.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance and participation expectations for the three components are as follows:

    Lectures: Although attendance at all lectures is expected, leave applications will not be required to be submitted to the lecturers due to logistical reasons. Students are advised that poor attendance at lectures may have a significant negative impact on their ability to complete assessment tasks.

    Aural Class Tutorials: Any student who fails to satisfactorily attend Aural Class may be ineligible for assessment in the other course components. Students will need to seek approval from their Aural Class lecturer for any absences as per the Conservatorium Participation & Attendance Guidelines (see

    Workshops: Students will need to seek approval from their workshop lecturer for any absences as per the Conservatorium Participation & Attendance Guidelines (see

    Penalties: Any unapproved absences from Chauralation workshop or Aural Class Tutorial will incur a deduction of 5 marks per absence which will be applied to the final total mark for the course – i.e. after all other assessments have been completed and calculated.
    Assessment Detail
    Library Skills Workbook 10%
    To be arranged through the Elder Music Library.

    Choral performance and demonstration of sight-singing 20%
    Choral Concert performance - end of Semester 1, date to be advised.
    Individual/small group test for demonstration of sight-singing – Test times will be organised for swot week or Exam period.

    Listening Assignment 10%
    Due Week 8, semester 2.

    Listening Test 20%
    To be held during the semester 2 examination period. Students will be expected to identify works,
    composers and general musical features of all of the set works. Application of listening skills to non-
    listed works may also be required.

    Aural Assessment tasks 40% (4 x 10%)
    Four equally weighted assessment tasks (or as designated by Aural tutorial lecturer).
    Each Aural Assessment task will include an in-class test, and may include homework exercise/s.
    The Library Skills Workbook should be submitted to the Elder Music Library.
    The Listening Assignment should be submitted (signed in) at the Elder Conservatorium office.
    Aural Assessment Tasks will be carried out during Aural Tutorials.
    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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