Materials and Structures of Music I

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Materials and Structures of Music I

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Music, Music Performance, Music Technology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This core course provides the student with the foundational knowledge on the materials, structures and processes of tonal music. It focuses on the application of harmonic and melodic practices in composition and the function of diatonic harmony in various styles, including classical, popular music and jazz. Exercises in compositional craft provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate initiative and creativity. The course develops core skills in musicianship and the ability to apply these in other areas of musical practice and research. Aural classes and aural choir enable students to develop their perception and execution of rhythm, pitch and tonal structures, and sight-singing.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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