Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 1

Course code MUSI1631
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This is the first in a series of five courses that aim to develop skills and the understanding of musical structures and techniques, shared musical vocabularies, aural skills, musical representation and communication. The course also provides the opportunity to apply these tools and abilities creatively in any genre or era as defined by the interest of the student. This course particularly focuses on melody, timbre and the use of technology.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of melodic, polyphonic and timbral techniques and their application in musical composition, performance and production in a variety of musical styles and eras

2. Recognise, create and analyse significant musical structures, with a particular emphasis on the melodic and other horizontal musical techniques as well as timbral considerations and their application in musical composition, performance and production

3. Demonstrate an introductory level of aural recognition and transcription skills

4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate about music written and spoken forms

5. Demonstrate effective use of technology in musical representation and basic production


Content may include but is not limited to:

  • Intervallic, pitch and melodic concepts
  • Elementary compositional procedures
  • Use of technology in musical contexts
  • Elementary music research skills, writing and analysis
  • Development of musical aural perception skills
  • Development of skills in music representation system

Assumed Knowledge

A demonstration of the standard required in the School's music academic and practical tests conducted during the audition process for admission (or equivalent).

Assessment Items

Practical Demonstration: Melodic Exercises - Skill based tasks including aural and notation training

In Term Test: Aural Assessment - Critical listening assessment

Project: Concept based creative assignment

Project: Final Composition - Realisation of creative work using software

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term