MUSSUPST 1001 - Musicianship 1A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course aims to develop a fluent and functional understanding of musical concepts and conventions related primarily to Baroque, Classical and Romantic music of the 18th-19th Centuries, as well as to 20th century popular music. A range of theoretical concepts will be investigated through the study of selected musical scores. Students will be expected to listen to works and analyse written scores. Topics to be explored include revision of the basics of tonality and analytical conventions, development of skills and understanding in diatonic harmony, including part writing, voice leading, chord functions, secondary functions, harmonic analysis, and analysis of music in binary and ternary forms. Functional skills will be further addressed through assessment and tutorial work involving part-writing, composition, sight-singing, and/or transcription.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSSUPST 1001
    Course Musicianship 1A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible MUSSUPST 1110, MUSSUPST 1000A
    Assumed Knowledge AMEB Level IV theory or equivalent
    Assessment Assignment 1 15%, Mid-term exam 15%, Assignment 2 15%, Workshop assessments 25%, End-of-semester exam 30%,
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dylan Crismani

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate fluency in musical literacy and understanding of musical concepts
    2. Develop aural skills and inner hearing through choral singing
    3. Recognise musical techniques and develop awareness of musical aesthetics through score analysis and critical listening to a wide range of 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    2, 3

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required textbook: Turek, Ralph and Daniel McCarthy. 2018. Theory for Today’s Musician, third ed.London: Routledge / Taylor and Francis.

    Summary of Music Theory Terminology
    A brief outline of some of the basic music theory terminology that all students need to know.

    Materials from Lectures Posted in MyUni
    There will be weekly postings to MyUni of material associated with the lectures. Additional material (e.g. related to tutorials) may also be posted to MyUni. The material posted to MyUni comprise a core resource for this course.

    e-learning resources
    All students are strongly 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.

    Students who are deficient in certain areas presumed knowledge/skills will be directed to work through relevant portions of the e-learning site in order to bring their knowledge/skill up to the required level.

    The e-learning resources website is located at:
    Access the site using the following username and password:
    User Name:
    Password: stave
    Recommended Resources
    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.

    Fitzgerald, Jon. 2003. Popular Music Theory. East Lismore, NSW: Hazelmount Publishing.

    Turek, Ralph. 2007 & 2014. Theory for Today's Musician. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

    The above-listed books are available at the Elder Music Library. The 2014 edition of Theory for Today's Musician is available as an e-book resource via the Barr Smith catalogue.
    Online Learning
    The MyUni site for this course will contain this Course Profile 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.

    You can listen to an extensive range of works either on or off-campus through the library's Naxos subscription. Via the library catalogue, search using Naxos as the title and limit your search to ‘electronic resources’. 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. 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:

    Many public domain classical music scores have been digitised and can be accessed through the Petrucci Music Library - (can also be accessed via the Music Resources Guide).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will explore a range of topics, and will be supported by tutorials conducted in the keyboard/computer laboratory and workshops that involve choral singing and critical listening activities.

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

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

    In addition to the 3 contact hours per week, it is anticipated that students would spend 6-9 hours per week in reviewing lecture
    notes, preparing for tutorials, listening to repertoire, preparing for tests and exams, undertaking suggested listening, reading, or viewing, and practising musicianship skills.
    Learning Activities Summary

    The following schedule is indicative of the topics in this course. Some topics and ordering of topics may vary

    Week 1:

    Introduction to the Course; Basics of Notation and Analysis

    Week 2:
    Roman numeral+figured bass notation and lead sheet symbols

    Week 3:
    Harmonies of Diatonic Major and Minor scales

    Week 4:
    Modality in Classical and Popular Music

    Week 5:
    Cadences & Harmonic Rhythm

    Week 6:
    Embellishing Tones 

    Week 7:
    Voice Leading

    Week 8:
    Voice Leading

    Week 9:
    Secondary Function

    Week 10:
    Musical Form: Binary and Ternary forms; Song forms

    Week 11:
    Musical Form: Binary and Ternary forms; Song forms

    Week 12:
    Course Summary and Review
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no additional course-specific requirements.
  • 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 1 Formative 15% 1
    Test 1 Formative and Summative 15% 1, 3
    Assignment 2 Formative and Summative 15% 1, 3
    Summative 25% 2
    Test 2 Summative 30% 1, 3

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance and participation expectations 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 will very likely have a significant negative impact on their ability to complete assessment tasks. Lectures will be recorded and made available in MyMedia.

    Full attendance at tutorials is expected and students will be required to attend at least 8 of 10 tutorials. With the exception of certified medical absences, each tutorial absence beyond the permitted 2 will result in 5 marks being deducted from the student's full course result.

    Workshops: Full attendance at workshops is expected and students will be required to attend at least 8 of 10 tutorials. With the exception of certified medical absences, each workshop absence beyond the permitted 2 will result in 5 marks being deducted from the student's full course result.

    Workshop Performance Participation: All students are required to participate in the end-of-semester Workshop choral performance. With the exception of certified medical absences, failure to attend and participate in the Workshop choral performance will result in a score of '0' for this portion of the Workshop assessment.

    Test and Exam Attendance: All students are required to attend the in-class tests and exam on the scheduled dates, and to complete the online portions of tests within the specified periods of time. No exceptions will be made except on certified medical grounds or on professional/compassionate grounds if approved by the coordinator well in advance of the scheduled exam.

    If you are ill on the day of a Test or Exam: You should not sit a test or exam if you are ill, both because you could infect others and because you will likely not perform at your best. You should visit a doctor and obtain a medical certificate for the day of the test/exam, required for medical replacement assessments. You should also notify the coordinator at your soonest opportunity to request a medical replacement assessment. Requests for medical replacement assessments will only be considered if the coordinator is contacted within a day of the missed test or exam.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1
    Assesses presumed knowledge of diatonic harmonies.

    Test 1
    A 1-hour test covering lecture and tutorial materials presented in Weeks 1-5.

    Assignment 2
    A SATB voice-leading exercise.

    2 Workshop Assessments
    1) Sight-Singing / Aural Musicianship Test, date TBC near the end of the semester (weighting: 17.5%)
    2) Choral Concert Participation, date TBC during SWOTVAC (weighting: 7.5%).

    Test 2
    A 2-hour test covering covering lecture and tutorial content from the whole semester. Given during tutorial time in SWOTVAC.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    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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