Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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. Cloud-based music production and aural/theory software is also used to develop students’ listening and musicianship skills.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

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. Practice basic rhythmic, melodic and harmonic principles including chord patterns and sequences.

4. Identify chord qualities, intervals and basic scales.


Topics will include:

- pitch and simple rhythmic notation.

- scales and key signatures.

- intervals.

- triads and extended chords.

- common chord progressions.


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

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Music Theory Written Assignment - 40%

Portfolio: Music Notation Tasks - 35%

Written Assignment: Written Assignment - 25%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 9

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.