Music Techniques 2-2

Subject 740-229 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

On campus
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial each week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

740-129 Music Techniques 1-2

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: 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 will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Subject Overview:

Students will be expected to have a sound understanding of all diatonic and chromatic chords used in harmonic music to the end of the 19th century; and to be able to recognise and write fluent four-part harmonic textures, demonstrating their understanding of chord function and the principles of chromaticism.

This subject expands the harmonic principles basic to Western musical tradition covered in 740-141 Music Techniques 1-2, to embrace advanced tonal procedures and the techniques of chromaticism used in composition to the end of the 19th century. Candidates will study the complete diatonic and chromatic vocabulary, including elements of figuration, chromatically inflected progressions, mixture, leading-tone seventh chords, dominant ninths, elevenths and thirteenths and chromatic chords including the Neapolitan and augmented sixths. Compositional applications will include the writing of advanced chorales, string quartet and piano accompaniment textures. These processes will be amplified by listening to a variety of repertoire.


On completion of the subject, students should be able to

  • analyse and evaluate harmonic textures
  • develop a wide-ranging harmonic vocabulary which can be used in a variety of compositional idioms
  • identify and evaluate harmonic procedures in selected established repertoire.

Regular written assignments (50%); 2-hour end-of-semester examination (40%); listening test (10%).

Note: a pass must be obtained in each section of the assessment.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Harmony and Voice Leading (E Aldwell and C Schachter), 2nd edn, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who have studied this subject should further develop and enhance:

  • analytical skills
  • skills in more advanced evaluative thinking, and in the application of complex theoretical criteria to a variety of practical outcomes.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music

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