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MUI1013 Decoding Music

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 21 March 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in MUI1013 if MUI1007 has been previously completed.


Music theory as taught in conservatoires was codified some 250 years ago. Many of the bedrock fundamentals remain the same all these years later, but contemporary music institutions must take into account the myriad developments of the 20th century and beyond. Music performers and professionals need to be able to recognise and separate the elements of music which are key to manipulating those elements in one’s own playing, arranging and composing.
This course aims to consolidate foundational music knowledge in order to facilitate a deep knowledge of those elements and enable the student to engage in meaningful musical communication, with both fellow musicians and audiences.

As a foundational course, MUI1013 will introduce students to basic requirements for the successful academic study of music. The course begins with analytical listening in a wide variety of genres. The fundamentals of traditional music theory are discovered through engagement with repertoire. A series of activities encompassing analysis, aural skills and notational literacy will guide the student through an understanding of tonality, rhythm, musical forms and expression through musical means.

Students will learn to apply conventional musical terminology to familiar sounds in order to learn to communicate musical ideas effectively, enabling creative collaboration with peers throughout the program. Formative assessment tasks will be used to develop aural and music literacy skills.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 21 March 2023