Advanced Aural Studies

Subject MUSI20195 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

60 hours


A result of not less than 70 in MUSI20160 Aural Studies 2 or permission of the coordinator.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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:


Mr Peter Hurley


Peter Hurley

Subject Overview:

Building on knowledge and skills developed in Aural Studies 2, students will participate in a program of lectures, tutorials and assessments to develop musical literacies to an advanced level.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to read and sing while conducting chromatic modal and atonal melodies, countermelodies, and bass lines with advanced facility
  • be able to read and perform complex rhythms, including uncommon and changing meters and polyphonic rhythms
  • be able to transcribe complex melodies, countermelodies, bass lines, rhythms and non-diatonic chord progressions
  • have developed the capacity for aural analysis of works at an advanced level
  • have developed a critical awareness of the various aural methodologies in common usage today
  • Viva voce – 3 prepared rhythm and 3 solfege examples: Assessed during tutorials, throughout the semester (20%)
  • 4 transcription and identification tasks: Assessed during tutorials, throughout the semester (20%)
  • Performance of rhythm and singing at sight – 5 minutes: Exam Period (20%)
  • Written exam identification and transcription tasks – 90 mins: Exam Period (30%)
  • Active participation in tutorial activities: Ongoing (10%)
Prescribed Texts:

Course materials will be available via the LMS

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed:

  • analytical skills
  • skills in evaluative thinking, and in the application of theoretical criteria to practical outcomes
  • skills in cooperation and communication
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation) (VCA)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Applied Skills Electives

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