Unit description

Provides an overview of basic concepts of music theory and notation, and demonstrates the application of these concepts in relation to a wide range of contemporary music styles. Also develops students' aural skills.

Unit content

  • Rhythmic concepts and notation
  • Melodic concepts and notation
  • Harmonic concepts and notation
  • Formal concepts
  • Chart creation
  • Aural development - dictation, transcription and sight reading

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Fitzgerald, J, 2003, Popular Music Theory, Revised edn, Hazelmount Publishing, East Lismore. ISBN: 0-9750568-0-8.
  • Pertout, A, 2001, Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book, Mel Bay, USA. ISBN: 0786653078.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Notation/transcription assignment20%
Exam: closed book30%
Notation/transcription assignment20%
Exam: closed book30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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