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Music Language 1: the Diatonic World (MUSI10023)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville) and On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeMUSI10023
Parkville, Southbank
Parkville, Southbank
Summer Term - On Campus
Semester 2 - On Campus
Semester 2 - On Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

An introduction to the elements and processes of voice leading during the period of triadic tonality through the study of species counterpoint and diatonic harmonic processes. Students are expected to attain a sound understanding of the elements and processes of voice leading and diatonic harmonic function within the Western musical tradition, and be able to demonstrate this understanding through regular assignments in analysis and composition. Students should also gain familiarity with the Western canon through set works for listening and study.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • compose a coherent contrapuntal texture in two or three parts and solve common voice leading problems;
  • identify contrapuntal principles in a variety of tonal styles;
  • harmonise a melody in four parts using all diatonic triads within the basic I-V-I tonal plan and create complex harmonic progressions through the use of seventh chords and applied dominants;
  • realise a figured bass;
  • identify chord function and analyse harmonic progressions in different musical textures.

Generic skills

Students who have studied this subject should develop and enhance:

  • analytical skills;
  • skills in evaluative thinking, and in the application of theoretical criteria to practical outcomes.

Last updated: 11 October 2019