This unit of study introduces students to the practice and applied theory of music. Students develop an understanding of music theory, complementary aural skills and a context for how music develops in basic styles and genres. Students explore popular and contemporary music in relation to stylistic, harmonic and rhythmic aspects. Students apply theoretical knowledge in instrumental workshops where they develop skills in choosing, negotiating and preparing repertoire. Workshop facilitators assist students to develop technical fluency, interpretation and musical expression on their instrument(s) within a practical performance context.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Develop and produce musical works;  
  2. Develop and maintain goals and practice schedule;  
  3. Exhibit foundation interpretative skills and overall musicianship within collaborative contexts;  
  4. Articulate basic musical nomenclature in relation to music theory and production activities;  
  5. Operate basic music equipment and music software in accordance with OHS requirements; and  
  6. Articulate basic musicological concepts in a range of musical contexts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Applied theory and aural exercises 25%
Report Evaluation of musical activities using a range of media 25%
Presentation Demonstrate the basic operation of music and sound equipment 25%
Performance Musical performance 25%

Required reading

Additional reading materials will be provided by the lecturer.

Music theory for dummies,
Pilhofer, M & Day, H 2015,
New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

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