The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI2631. Students who have successfully completed MUSI2631 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI2731.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of harmonic processes used in a variety of musical styles and eras including classical, popular, jazz and world music and their application in musical composition, performance and production.

2. Recognise, create and analyse significant approaches to musical organisation, with a particular emphasis on commonly used harmonic techniques, and their application in musical composition, performance and production.

3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse musical process and to communicate these analyses in written and spoken forms.

4. Demonstrate the ability to use a range of creative resources to solve musical problems.


Content may include but is not limited to:

  • Harmonic concepts common to a range of musical styles and eras.
  • Compositional procedures.
  • Expanded musical language and musical problem solving.
  • Developed music research skills, writing and analysis.
  • Developed skills in music notation.


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 and periods (Individual)

Practical Demonstration: Creative and analytical tasks (Individual)

Written Assignment: Written Analysis of Musical Works (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