MUS10190 Music Theory 1

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module introduces students to concepts of musical space and time, melody and two-part counterpoint, and triads, seventh chords and texture. Building on these elements the module examines the convergence of harmony, melody and rhythm and concludes in an examination of tonic and dominant as tonal pillars and introduces voice leading. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand and complete a figured bass analysis of a short piece in four-part harmony and harmonise short melodies in chorale style.
Students will also complete an introduction to music technology and will have weekly practical tutorials in keyboard harmony.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- demonstrate a thorough knowledge of music theory and musical literacy
- explain and analyse the basic elements of tonal theory
- harmonise a chorale melody in four-voices using the chords of I, IV, V, vi, ii, V7, iii, VII.
- analyse and realise a figured bass
- use basic music technology/notation software
- harmonise a short melody at the keyboard in keys containing up to 2 sharps and 2 flats

Indicative Module Content:

Chapters 3 to 15 and ch. 24 of Burstein & Straus, Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony (New York & London: W. W. Norton, 2016).

- Triads and Seventh Chords
- Figured Bass
- Four-Part Harmony
- Voice Leading rules
- Harmonic Progression
- Harmonising simple melodies in SATB format
- Species Counterpoint
- Simple modulation to the dominant
- The Dominant Seventh Chord
- Use of I, ii, IV, V, vi, vii, vii° and first inversions, limited use of second inversions.
- Analysis of harmony and ability to make harmonic reductions.
- Notation software use
- Harmonisation of melodies at the keyboard

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

24

Autonomous Student Learning

28

Lectures

24

Tutorial

12

Laboratories

12

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Weekly lectures and small group tutorials.
Formative assessment through assignments during tutorials
Summative assessment through graded assignments and feedback from tutors
Autonomous engagement with online textbook resources
Practical learning in keyboard harmony groups 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assessment of work of weeks 1 to 5 Week 7 n/a Graded No

15

Continuous Assessment: Attendance, preparation and participation, including completion of formative assignments. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

30

Examination: Assessment of the work of weeks 1 - 12. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

40

Studio Examination: Attendance, preparation and progress in Keyboard Harmony small groups Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

15


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Attendance at lectures and tutorials is essential to progression in this module. Feedback will be provided individually and to the group within tutorials. Individual feedback is also available from the module coordinator during weekly office hours. Students are also encouraged to engage with the self-assessment activities available in the textbook and its online resources.

Name Role
Dr Frank Lawrence Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Anika Babel Tutor
Fiona Baldwin Tutor
Mr Anthony Cassidy Tutor
Tomos Watkins Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 15:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 10:00 - 10:30
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 7 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 14:00 - 14:30
Tutorial Offering 9 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 14:00 - 14:30
Tutorial Offering 10 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 10:00 - 10:30
Tutorial Offering 11 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 13:00 - 13:30
Tutorial Offering 15 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 17 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 16:00 - 16:30
Tutorial Offering 18 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Spring