The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course introduces the elements of music theory to students with no or a very limited musical background. Students create short works based on each concept introduced. The course enables students to gain practical strategies for independent and self-directed learning easily adaptable to the study of musicianship.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI1160. Students who have successfully completed MUSI1160 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1260.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Create chord charts using common practice notation.

2. Create short studies exploring course content topics.

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

4. Identify chord qualities, intervals and basic scales.


  1. Pitch and simple rhythmic notation.
  2. Scales and key signatures.
  3. Intervals.
  4. Triads and extended chords.
  5. Common chord progressions.


This course is similar to MUSI1160. If you have completed MUSI1160 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid-Term Test (Individual)

Portfolio: Portfolio (Individual)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (Individual)

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