Courses & Units

Post-Tonal Techniques FCP303



Post-Tonal Techniques introduces the music from approximately 1900 through study of the various 'schools' of musical composition during the twentieth century and beyond. Students will examine elements of pitch, rhythm, form, harmony and texture from twentieth-century repertoire and develop written skills with specific stylistic features such as atonality, serialism, post-serialism, minimialism, new Romanticism and others through a series of analytical and writing projects. Alongside the theoretical content, aural skills will reinforce reading and dictation skills related to post-tonal music and contemporary rhythmic organisation.


Unit name Post-Tonal Techniques
Unit code FCP303
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Discipline Music

Dr Carolyn Philpott

Teaching staff

Dr Carolyn Philpott

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,207.00 100101

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FCP202 or FCT220

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly Lecture/tutorials: 2 x1 hr (Theory)

Weekly Tutorials: 1x1hr (Aural)


Theory - written projects 40%, final examination 25%Aural - in-class assessments, final examination and viva voce 35%

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 Benward & Saker, Music in Theory and Practice (9th ed.), vol. 2 McGraw-Hill.


Burkhart, Anthology for Musical Analysis, 6th ed.; Auralia 4 Ear Training Student Cloud Licence

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