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Unit Overview


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, and (2) aural—which lay 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 core unit in the Bachelor of Music degree, and is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.

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 option in the Contemporary Popular Music major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) employ with fluency the basic elements of tonal harmony; (2) discriminate between the functions of chords according to their roles in progressions; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic implications that underpin voice-leading; (4) demonstrate aural discrimination of the perceptual and notated features of pitch and rhythm; and (5) demonstrate the achievement of outcomes (1)–(4) through interpretive analysis, performance, composition, musical direction and oral presentation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) coursework and (2) exams. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald
Unit rules
Successful completion of
or WACE Music 3A/3B
or Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) grade 5 practical and grade 5 theory
MUSC1201 Techniques of Music 1
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Auralia ear-training software (estimated cost - AUD 35-50).
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: up to 2 hours per week
tutorials: up to 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.