Musicianship Year Three

Unit of Study - Musicianship 301

The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit NameMusicianship 301: Advanced / Chromatic Harmony
Unit CodeMUSHIP301
Unit DescriptionIn this Unit students will:
• Learn and apply chromatic harmonic techniques
• Apply advanced modulation to non-related keys
• Analyse music examples to identify harmonic devices
• Demonstrate skilful application of counterpoint techniques to 4- part writing
• Develop advanced aural skills to include identification and writing of chromatic harmony, non-tonal melodies and complex multi part rhythms
Award(s)Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration1 Semester (12 weeks)
Year LevelYear 3, Semester 1
Unit CoordinatorDr Matthew Field
Teaching StaffLecturer: Dr Matthew Field
Pre/Co-requisitesMUSHIP201 & 202
Credit Points15 credit points
Mode of Deliveryx Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Ontensive/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 301 students will further extend their skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary Western music theory to equip them for professional workforce engagement in diverse and complex musical environments.  This will be achieved by building in a scaffolded and sequential way on the Year 2 foundation.  Year 3 will extend the study of melody, harmony and counterpoint to include chromatic harmony, multiple modulations to non-related keys and advanced part writing.  Jazz and 20th-Century harmonic and compositional devices will be introduced to extend students’ harmonic and theoretical 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 include complex rhythms and non-tonal notes, 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. Apply advanced harmonic concepts to musical examples including complex diatonic harmony and elements of chromatic harmony.
  2. Compose extensive melodies demonstrating advanced knowledge of structure, devices, modulation and form.
  3. Craft extensive 2, 3 & 4 part melodies employing effective counterpoint technique.
  4. Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various musical concepts are applied.
  5. Develop, research, identify and evaluate advanced melodic and harmonic devices in diverse musical genres and styles, through collaboration, exploration and creative practice.
  6. Demonstrate advanced ability in complex rhythms and time signatures.
  7. Identify and transcribe complex rhythms, melodies and harmonies from selected examples.
  8. Vocalise and transcribe complex melodies and intervals including modulations and chromaticism.
  9. Sight clap and transcribe complex 2-part rhythms including all rhythmic values.

Teaching Outline

Year 3
Semester 1
• Overview revision of key harmonic developments covered in Year 2
• Modulations to non-related keys
• Neapolitan 6 chords
• Augmented 6th Chords (Italian, German, French)
• Tritone substitutions
• Introduction to Jazz harmony
• Introduction to non-diatonic harmony concepts
• Craft extensive melodies in various styles applying advanced rhythmic, melodic and implied harmonic features
• Extensive analysis of music in own repertoire and published works to identify and refine use of devices learnt
• Harmonic progression recognition including all chords learnt
• Singing and identifying bass lines and melodies outlining the new harmonic devices above
• Multi-part melodic dictation including atonal notes, chromatic passing notes and modulations
• Multi-part sight-rhythm playing and dictation
• Transcription of songs in common use (ie. current radio play) with correct rhythm, notated melodies and harmonic outline
• Identification and transcription of theatre and classical songs

Student Assessment

Assessment TypeWhen assessedWeighting
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
(equivalent to 225 words)
Week 1 - 7 5%1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Assessment 1b
Type: Workbook 1
Workbook 1 is an open-book assessment 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 Workbooks are to be completed fully online using the technologies employed throughout the course.
Workbook 1 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 5 weeks of the course.
(equivalent to 900 words)
Week 620%1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9
Assessment 1c
Type: Test 1 (180 minutes)
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.
(equivalent to 1125 words)
Week 725%1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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.
(equivalent to 225 words)
Week 145%
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Assessment 1e
Type: Workbook 2
Workbook 2 is an open book assessment sharing the same parameters as Assessment 1b (Musicianship Workbook 1). See above for details.
Workbook 2 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 11 weeks of the course.
(equivalent to 900 words
Week 1220%

1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9
Assessment 1f
Type: Test 2 (180 minutes)
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.
(equivalent to 1125 words)
Week 1425%1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9

Prescribed and Recommended Readings

Reading List

Clendinning, J. P. & Marvin, E. W. (2016). The musician’s guide to theory and analysis. (3rd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Required Software

  • Moodle (included with registration)
  • Noteflight (embedded into Moodle)
  • Ear Master Pro Cloud (login provided with registration)
  • Moodle Quizzes (embedded into Moodle)

Reference Materials

Exploring Theory with Practica Musica. (n. d.). Retrieved from [login required], Ars Nova

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

Grybaitis, G., Forscutt, C., Leckie, A., & Norton, B. (2006). Theory of music textbook for all levels. Melbourne: AGME

Murphy, P., Phillips, J., Marvin, E. W., & Clendinning, J. P. (2016). The musician’s guide to aural skills. (3rd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Course Outcomes

 Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:
Unit Learning OutcomesAssessments
1A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 91a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
2A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation1, 2, 3, 61a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
3An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research4, 51a, 1d
4The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings4, 51a, 1d
5Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills1, 2, 31a, 1d
6Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study4, 51a, 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, 5, 6, 7, 81a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
9The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession

Graduate Attributes

 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, 7, 8, 91, 21a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
2The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways1, 2, 3, 65, 71a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
3A commitment to lifelong learning4, 54, 5, 6, 71a, 1d
4Effective communication skills for diverse contexts2, 34, 5, 71a, 1d
5The capacity to work independently and collaboratively4, 541a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f