Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitComposition
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Thomas Reiner


This unit is the first of a sequence of four units that integrates the development of aural skills with the theoretical understanding of music through listening, analysis, performance, notation and composition. It introduces the student to the study and practical application of fundamental theoretical concepts in the Western Classical and Jazz traditions. Areas of study include identifying and understanding timbre, intervals, chords, metre, rhythm, tonality, scales, melodies, chord function, and part writing.


Upon completion of this unit students will have developed and improved basic skills necessary for the analysis, performance, and memorization of music.


In class aural test: 900 words (20%)
Theory assignment: 900 words (20%)
Aural exam: 1350 equivalent words (30%)
Theory exam: 1350 equivalent words (30%)

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Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture per week, one 1-hour tutorial or workshop per week, one hour self-guided study as directed by the lecturer per week.