Musicianship Year Two

Unit of Study - Musicianship 201

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit NameIntermediate Harmony
Unit CodeMUSHIP 201
Unit DescriptionIn this Unit students will:
• Extend harmonic principles
• Apply advanced 4-part writing skills.
• Explore harmonic modulation techniques.
• Create compelling traditional harmonies and advanced contemporary harmonies.
• Analyse musical works to reveal conformity with or variation from standard practice.
• Clearly present music ideas with notational software.
• Extend aural skills to include identification of advanced harmonic features, harmonic progressions, modulations and complex rhythms.
Award(s)Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration1 Semester (12 weeks)
Year LevelYear 2, Semester 1
Unit CoordinatorDr Matthew Field
Teaching StaffDr Matthew Field
Pre/Co-requisitesSatisfactory completion of MUSHIP 101 & 102
Credit Points15 credit points
Mode of Deliveryx Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Intensive/block mode (where the unit or a face to face component is delivered in a block)
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
x Full-time
x Part-time
o External
o Fast track
Student Workload
Delivery/ Contact Hours
Number of timetabled hours per week
• Live Lecture Theory – 1 hour
• Live Lecture Aural – 1 hour
• Tutorial – 1 hour
• Personal Study recommended - 8 hours
Total hours per week - 11 hours
Resource Requirements• Computing resource requirements
• Fast and reliable internet connection
• Cloud Software
• Technical Help
Resources Provided• Moodle (included with registration)
• Noteflight (embedded into Moodle)
• Ear Master Pro (Cloud) [login provided]
• Moodle Quizzes (embedded into Moodle)
• Library resources (see prescribed or recommended texts below)

Unit Aims

In Musicianship 201 students will extend their skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary Western music theory.  This will be achieved by building in a scaffolded and sequential way on the Year 1 Diatonic foundation.  MUSHIP 201 will extend the study of harmony to include multiple modulations, tonicisation and a broader harmonic language.  Knowledge will be directly applied to creating, arranging and harmonizing music in traditional and contemporary styles with specific and clear requirements to demonstrate competence in key areas.  Students will also extend their aural skills to a high level and apply that knowledge to reflect real world applications.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of diatonic harmony, tonicisation and modulation as used in historical and contemporary musical practice.
  2. Create solid harmonies suitable for use in traditional and contemporary music styles
  3. Develop, research and evaluate melodic and harmonic techniques through collaboration, exploration and creative practice.
  4. Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various studied musical concepts are applied.
  5. Identify melodic and harmonic devices in diverse musical genres and styles
  6. Vocalise intervals, harmonies, melodies and rhythms from selected examples.
  7. Transcribe rhythms, intervals, harmonies, progressions and melodies from selected examples.

Teaching Outline

Year 2
Semester 1
• Overview revision of key concepts from Year 1.
• Revision of key technologies used in course.
• Writing and identifying scales in specialised practice: Lydian, Mixolydian, Phrygian, Locrian, Whole Tone, Major Pentatonic, minor Pentatonic.
• Time signatures: compound and less common (5/6, 7/8) grouping and barring.
• Applied V and Applied V form (dim).
• Modal mixture.
• Harmonic modulation to related keys.
• V7-9, V11, V13.
• Analyse music in own repertoire and common usage to identify elements learnt.
• Extend traditional melody writing skills to longer forms and more advanced harmonic outlines incorporating devices learnt.
• Overview revision of foundational skills from Year 1.
• Sing and identify scales: Lydian, Mixolydian, Phrygian, Locrian, Whole Tone, Major Pentatonic, minor Pentatonic.
• Sing and identify compound intervals ascending and descending.
• Sight clapping complex rhythms and rhythms in less common key signatures.
• Transcribing complex rhythms and rhythms in less common key signatures.
• Drilling complex rhythm patters for playing and transcribing.
• Identify Applied V in chord progressions.
• Sight-sing melodies with modulation and chromatic passing notes.
• Sing bass-lines to identify harmonic progressions and chord inversions.
• Identify modal mixture in chord progressions.
• Sight-sing melodies that include modal mixture.
• Identify V7-9, V11 & V13 amongst other chords in progressions.
• Melodic dictation with harmonic outline (chord symbols).

Student Assessment

Assessment TypeWhen assessedWeighting
(% of total unit marks)
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Assessment 1a
Type: Active Learning 1
The Active Learning 1 assessment gauges the students’ active participation in the class and ‘non-graded’ coursework. These activities are not individually graded rather a student will gain a mark based on the evidence of their active participation with the class. The student will receive an Active Learning mark based on a combination of:
• Completion of practice activities
• Weekly activities as set
• Engagement with the teacher
• Attendance online or live (including watching training videos)
• Forum posts
Week 1 - 7 10%1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1b
Type: Workbook 1
Workbook 1 is an open book assessments designed to ensure students understand and can apply the knowledge learnt. Students may ask for help and access resources while completing the Workbook. They may also ask for their work to be reviewed with feedback from the teacher. The Workbooks are very similar to the tests that follow and are therefore designed as excellent preparation for the timed tests.
The Workbook is to be completed fully online using the technologies employed throughout the course.
Workbook 1 will includes aspects of all materials covered in the first 5 weeks of the course.
Week 610%1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1c
Type: Musicianship Test 1
The Musicianship Test 1 will cover all materials from the first 6 weeks of the course. This Test will be similar to the previous Workbook but will be closed book and have a strict time limit.
Week 720%1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1d
Type: Active Learning 2
The Active Learning 2 assessment shares the same assessment criteria as Assessment 1a (Active Learning 1). See above for details.
Week 1410%1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1e
Type: Workbook 2
Workbook 2 is an open book assessment sharing the same assessment criteria as Assessment 1b (Workbook 1). See above for details.
Workbook 2 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 11 weeks of the course.
Week 1210%1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1f
Type: Musicianship Test 2
The Musicianship Test 2 will cover all materials from Semester 1. This Test will be similar to the previous Workbook but will be closed book and have a strict time limit.
Week 1440%1, 2, 5, 6, 7

Prescribed and recommended readings:

Library Resources
Online Resources (books/video)
A subscription to Oxford Music Online and to Grove Music Online which includes:

  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed.).
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.).
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.).
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Opera.
  • The Oxford Companion to Music.
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2nd ed.).

Plus updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online.

A subscription to JSTOR Journals and books
A subscription to video tutorials


Reading List

Marvin, E. & Clendinning, J. (2016). The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

Reference Materials

Evans, J. (2014). Exploring Theory with Practica Musica. Retrieved from [login required], Ars Nova

Field, M. (2015).  Music Foundations [Video series].  Retrieved from [login required]

Murphy, P., Phillips, J., Marvin, E., & Clendinning, J. (2016). The Musicians Guide to Aural Skills, (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

#Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:
Unit Learning OutcomesAssessments
1 A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 71a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
2A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation1, 21a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
3An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research31a, 1d
4The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings3, 41a, 1d
5Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills31a, 1d
6Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study31a, 1d
7The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 71a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
8The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices1, 2, 3, 4, 51a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
9The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.NANA

#Graduate Attribute
Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:
Unit Learning OutcomesCourse Learning OutcomesAssessments
1Deep disciplinary knowledge1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 71, 21a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
2The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways2, 3, 4, 55, 71a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
3A commitment to lifelong learning3, 4, 54, 5, 6, 71a, 1d
4Effective communication skills for diverse contexts24, 5, 71a, 1d
5The capacity to work independently and collaboratively3, 441a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f