Teaching Aural Musicianship

Subject 740-512 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

On campus delivery only. Please note this subject is not offered externally or via distance education.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm on each day of classes.
Total Time Commitment: 48 hours in total (including non-contact time).
Prerequisites: None.
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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


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Subject Overview: A program of activities designed to re-sensitise the teacher and musician to the elements of music. Beyond the examination and assessment requirements, beyond the tonal, beyond the meter this program aims to refresh the personal resource that ought to arouse the interest in unfamiliar music, and deepen appreciation of known works. Conventional wisdoms regarding aural training will also be examined, with acknowledgement of the various methods.

Activities are centred on improving perception of pitch, stimulation of short and longer term memory, feel for rhythm, and a multiple intelligences approach to harmonic perception. Activities useful in teaching aural perception and discussion of resources and materials to help the teacher are incorporated.

This subject can be taken as a single subject via the Community Access Program, or for credit towards the Master of Music Studies degree. Application forms are available via the Faculty of Music website: http://www.music.unimelb.edu.au/future/forms/index.html


On completion of this subject, students should have gained:

  • Enhanced existing aural perception;
  • An extended knowledge of various methodologies, and;
  • An extended range of classroom activities for teaching.

Viva voce singing and rhythm work (25%); Design and implementation of a 5 minute group activity (25%); Critical response paper on a chosen methodology (50%), due five weeks after final class date.

Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be made available prior to the first class.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should also have developed:

  • Singing and listening;
  • Body percussion, and;
  • Music reading skills.
Related Course(s): Master of Music Studies by Coursework

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