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MUSC1321 Music Language 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music Studies; Music major sequences
  • Level 1 elective
This unit is the first in a four-semester sequence that develops core theoretical, musical and perceptual skills. The unit comprises two mutually supportive components—(1) harmony (2) aural.

These components comprise an integrated whole in which strong interconnections are defined in both content and assessment.

The broader aim of this four-semester program is to support the acquisition of musical fluency and the capacity for independent learning. This unit lays the foundations of students' understanding of musical grammar, both on paper and in their creative imagination. On completion of the four-semester Music Language program, the course aims to produce musically literate students who are able to apply the skills they have acquired in any professional situation.

This unit is a complementary unit in the Music Studies major (degree-specific major) in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.
Students are able to (1) respond to the principles of organisation evident in the Harmonic Series; (2) employ with fluency the basic elements of tonal harmony; (3) discriminate between the functions of chords according to their roles in progressions; (4) grasp the perceptual and notated features of musical rhythm; (5) demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic implications that underpin voice-leading; (6) demonstrate an understanding of the relationship in musical works between the part and the whole; (7) participate in and lead sessions in the pursuit of independent learning; and (8) demonstrate the achievement of outcomes (1)–(7) through oral presentation, performance, composition, musical direction, and analysis.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) coursework and (2) exams. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald
Unit rules
ATAR MUS Music or WACE Music 3A/3B or Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) grade 5 practical and grade 5 theory or equivalent
MUSC1201 Techniques of Music 1
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.