Keyboard and Music Proficiency

Course code MUSI1160
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


This course gives students the opportunity to develop basic skills and knowledge of music theory and aural skills. The course enables students to gain practical strategies for independent & self-directed learning easily adaptable to the study of their principal instrument and musicianship in general.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Create and perform chord charts and lead sheets of contemporary nomenclature and common practice notation

2. Compose and perform short pieces using common generic chord patterns and sequences

3. Demonstrate understanding of basic rhythmic, melodic and harmonic principles including chord patterns and cycles

4. Identify chord qualities, intervals and basic scales and relate these on the keyboard


  1. Rhythmic and Pitch Notation
  2. Scales and Key Signatures
  3. Intervals
  4. Triads
  5. Common Chord Progressions
  6. Writing Lead Sheets

Assumed Knowledge

This course is intended for students whose principle instrument study is not piano/keyboard

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Mid-Term Test

Portfolio: Portfolio

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term