The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course focuses on rhythmic organisation, techniques and analysis. Examples from a wide diversity of musical styles and genres are presented. Rhythm and temporality are examined in many musical contexts including metrical, nonmetrical and free rhythmic approaches. Students will perform rhythmic exercises in class.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI1632. Students who have successfully completed MUSI1632 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1732.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate rhythmic and temporal techniques and their application in musical composition, performance and production.

2. Recognise, create and analyse musical techniques and rhythm and temporal processes performance and production.

3. Demonstrate aural recognition and transcription/performance skills.


Course topics will include pulse, beat, subdivision, polyrhythm, meter, additive meters, polymeter, temporal organisation, free rhythm, rhythmic dissonance, syncopation, durational rhythm, ensemble rhythm, approaches to rhythm in diverse cultural and indigenous settings, popular music rhythms, and relationships between rhythm and harmony, texture and timbre.


This course has similarities to MUSI1632. If you have successfully completed MUSI1632 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Listening Quiz 30% *

Presentation: Presentation of Technical Skills 35%

Performance: Performance of a Creative Rhythmic Study 35%

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


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