This unit of study focuses on developing key concepts in functional music theory that musicians need to understand and apply in performance, composition, arrangement and musicological environments. Students further develop aural skills and learn to recognise syncopation, accent and feel and to construct modes and analyse modal harmony. Students apply theory and aural skills in solo and ensemble practical music contexts. Students develop cultural and musicological awareness of musical repertoire in practical music contexts.

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ACO1014 - Music Theory 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate aural recognition of harmonic and rhythmic information;  
  2. Analyse and interpret key music theory concepts within notated scores;  
  3. Plan and prepare musical repertoire for performance;  
  4. Conceptualise and contextualise music theory concepts within musicological contexts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Applied theory and aural exercises 25%
Report Analysis of musicological issues within the practice and theory of musical repertoire 25%
Exercise Demonstration of lab practice skills and standards 25%
Performance Group and solo musical performance 25%

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