ATS2901 - Music theory and ear training 3 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Associate Professor Thomas Reiner

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is the third 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 further expands on the skills and knowledge developed in ATS1900 Music theory and ear training 2 through the study and practical application of theoretical concepts in either the Western art music or jazz tradition. Students study advanced analytical and compositional procedures of tonal music through critical listening, study and analysis of representative works. Students undertake analysis, harmony and aural exercises to consolidate the understanding of functional harmony.


Upon completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Understand chromatic concepts of melody and harmony.
  2. Analyse musical elements including chromatic harmony.
  3. Recognise aurally elements of chromatic harmony and rhythm.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Music single or double degree.