MUSSUPST 1002 - Musicianship 1B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 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 and chromatic 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 1002
    Course Musicianship 1B
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSSUPST 1001
    Incompatible MUSSUPST 1120, MUSSUPST 1000B
    Assessment Composition exercise 15%, Mid-term exam 15%, Analysis assignment 1 20%, Analysis Assignment 2 20%, 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. Confidently read, describe and analyse a range of music and musical scores using appropriate terminology
    2. To recognise musical techniques and develop awareness of musical aesthetics through score analysis and listening critically to a wide range of music
    3. Apply conceptual knowledge in voice-leading and/or composition exercises
    4. To understand various composers’ and performers' use of melody and harmony through transcription and analysis
    5. To undertake in-class and at-home exercises to build performance-related skills in musicianship
    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, 4, 5

    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.

    2, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    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, 5
  • 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.

    Levine, Mark. 1995. The Jazz Theory Book. Petaluma, California: Sher Music.

    The above-listed books are available at the Elder Music Library. The 2014 Edition of Theory for Today's Musician is also available as an e-book via the Barr-Smith Library 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
    Building on concepts and skilled covered in Musicianship 1A, the Musicianship 1B lectures and tutorials will cover a range of topics related to tonal music, primarily of the Classical and Romantic Periods.

    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 assessments 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; Recap of Key Materials from Semester 1

    Week 2
    Secondary Function Harmonies

    Week 3
    Modulation 1

    Week 4
    Mixing Modes

    Week 5
    Chromatic Pre-Dominant Harmonies

    Week 6
    Chromatic Pre-Dominant Harmonies

    Week 7
    Modulation 2

    Week 8
    Musical form in 19th c. Romantic lied

    Week 9
    Sonata and Variation forms

    Week 10
    Sonata and Variation forms

    Week 11
    Sonata and Variation 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 and Summative 15% 3, 5
    Test 1 Formative 15% 1, 2, 4
    Assignment 2 Formative and Summative 20% 1, 2, 4, 5
    Assignment 3 Formative and Summative 20% 1, 2, 4, 5
    Test 2 Summative 30% 1, 2, 4

    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 MyUni.

    : 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.

    Exam Attendance:
    All students are required to attend the Course Exam (on the date set by the Examinations Office). 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 the Course Exam: You should not sit the course 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: A brief exercise related to either music analysis or composition - 15% weighting
    Test 1:
    1-hour paper-based test will cover material presented in Weeks 1-5 - 15% weighting
    Assignment 2: A theory and analysis assessment - 20% weighting
    Assignment 3: A theory and analysis assessment - 20% weighting
    Test 2: a 2-hour test to be held during class time in SWOTVAC - 30% weighting.

    Final versions of assignments may be produced in neat, dark pen or pencil, or may be submitted as .pdf using music notation software such as Sibelius or Finale. Assignments must be submitted in the Assignment Box located at the Faculty of Arts office, Napier ground level.

    Late assignment policy:
    Late written assignments will be accepted to a maximum of 7 days late with a late penalty of 2 marks per calendar day applied.

    Extensions without penalty may be granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance. To apply for an extension, use the University's Application for Assessment Extension:

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.