ATS1899 - Music theory and ear training 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Johannes Luebbers


Mr Johannes Luebbers

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


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


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 students to the study and practical application of fundamental theoretical concepts in either the Western art music or jazz tradition. Areas of study include identifying and understanding timbre, intervals, chords, metre, rhythm, tonality, scales, melodies, chord function and part writing.


Upon completion of the unit, students are able to:

  1. Understand fundamental concepts of melody, harmony and rhythm.
  2. Analyse basic musical elements including intervals and chords.
  3. Recognise aurally elements of pitch structure and basic 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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