Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course provides the opportunity to creatively apply advanced harmonic techniques in any genre or era as defined by the interest of the student. Examples from a wide diversity of musical styles are presented, including western classical, popular, jazz and world music. This course particularly focuses on the applications of chromatic and extended harmonies that are common across these diverse styles. It also involves analysis and musical problem solving.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe harmonic processes used in a variety of musical styles including classical, popular, jazz and world music.

2. Analyse approaches to musical harmonic organisation.

3. Create musical harmonic progressions.

4. Solve musical harmony problems.


Topics include:

•   Harmonic concepts.

•   Compositional procedures.

•   Expanded musical language and musical problem solving.

   Music notation software.


This course has similarities to MUSI2631. If you have successfully completed MUSI2631 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

A knowledge of basic harmonic procedures or MUSI1260.

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Concept-based Tasks Across Diverse Genres - 30%

Practical Demonstration: Creative and Analytical Tasks - 35%

Written Assignment: Written Analysis of Musical Works - 35%

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.