MUSI10023 Music Language 1: the Diatonic World

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 03-Jan-2017 to 17-Feb-2017
Assessment Period End 25-Feb-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 12-Jan-2017
Census Date 13-Jan-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 10-Feb-2017

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Summer Term: 36 hours, comprising four hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials per week. Semester: 36 hours, comprising two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Offered as breadth with AMEB Grade 4 theory or equivalent, or permission of the coordinator

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Miriama Young



Subject Overview:

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 demonstrating 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.

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
  • Short assignments (8) comprising analytical and compositional tasks (equivalent to 350 words each), due during weeks 2-6 of the summer term study period and weeks 3-12 of the semester study period (70%)
  • 2-hour examination with listening and written components (equivalent to 1500 words), during the examination period (30%)

Prescribed Texts:

Edward ALDWELL & Carl SCHACHTER Harmony and Voice Leading (4th edition). New York: Thomson Schirmer, 2010

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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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
Related Course(s): Diploma in Music
Graduate Diploma in Music
Graduate Diploma in Music (Practical Music)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Performance/ Composition/ Musicology/ Ethnomusicology Specialisation
Related Breadth Track(s): Studies in music composition and music language

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