College of Arts and Law

Music Skills A

Learn to write down your musical ideas.

Do you play an instrument or just really get into music? Would you like to learn the basics of how to write down your ideas and improve your listening skills? Have you always wanted to improve your music theory understanding, learn how to notate music, hear differences in musical elements and patterns, and understand music’s construction? Music Skills A is a beginner online music theory and aural unit from the University of Tasmania. Music Skills A assumes a basic knowledge of music-reading and will introduce you to the structures of music theory through notation and listening.

Study without tuition fees*: HECS Scholarships available for all domestic students in 2017 - when studying Music Skills A within the Bachelor of Musical Arts (13N). You will not incur a tuition fee or debt. The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is also exempted.

Online: Music Skills A is part of a fully online suite of units to enable flexible study.

Free access to Auralia and Musition: Students enrolled in Music Skills A get free access to this online music software.

Unit Objectives

Music Skills A is designed to introduce students to the study of the fundamental materials of music literacy through the study of notation and reading skills. Students will develop their basic understanding of music notation through written and aural-based exercises, and establish fundamental knowledge of the relationship of notation to musical sound. The unit is supported by aural exercises by practising with online music software and completing short written assignments in music theory.

On successful completion of this unit, you will have learned how to:

  1. Write and read pitch and rhythm components of music notation;
  2. Write and read major and minor scales, intervals, apply key signatures and organise rhythm in simple meters;
  3. Identify and apply correct musical terminology to describe elements of pitch and rhythm;
  4. Aurally recognise and interpret these music elements through graded listening and transcription assignments.

Further study opportunities available with fee concessions:

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Current Intake:
Semester 1, 13 March 2017 (Closed)
Next Intake: TBA

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