BMA0R130 – Music Studies 1

Module code
Module title
Music Studies 1
The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to the fundamentals of music theory. Emphasis will be given to developing skills in the areas of harmony, ear training and notation. In addition the student will use an analytical approach to modern and traditional musical ideas and then integrating these ideas in practical composition. Skills acquired in this module will be developed and applied in concurrent and successive modules.
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1Understand selected discourses and practices and their relevance to music
produce written comparisons and analyses of selected texts
produce oral and written descriptions of self practice
use conventional forms of writing to analyse texts
participate in conventional presentations of outcomes
test the use of selected methods in the production of works

2.2 Acquire an understanding of the language of music
explore functional harmony through composition
explore the construction of diatonic scales with reference to notes and intervals
explore and test intervals as the foundation for melody and harmony

2.3 Develop a basis for the development of inner hearing and the practical application of music theory through ear training
identify and perform reading examples of intervals, scales, and basic rhythmic patterns
develop basic proficiency in sight reading music combining knowledge of notation and ear training skills
demonstrate an aural process that breaks music down into its fundamental components of melody, rhythm, and harmony
apply aural perception and notation skills to the transcription of recorded and performed music
perform a variety of short melodies using knowledge gained
comprehend the characteristics of specified triads in tonal contexts

2.4 Understand assessment methodology within the context of an educational institution
develop a vocabulary for discussing work
demonstrate an ability to interpret and analyse objectives
participate in both formal and informal class performances and group discussions
be involved in formative assessment
Using the language of music
A universal common vocabulary
Scale construction
Intervalic relationships
Chord construction
Melodic and rhythmic analysis
Graphic symbols as a communication form of musical ideas

3.2 Ear Training Skills
Simple time signatures
Solfege exercises based on major and minor scales
Two part rhythms
Melodic and rhythmic dictation
Melodies and basslines
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Student presentations.
Individual and group problem solving exercises.
Music analysis.
Lecturer provides listening examples and lead sheets as required.
Lecturer prescribes tests to develop music theory, notation, and ear training skills.
Lecturer prescribes procedures for approaching problems in assignments.
Students participate in formative assessment - lecturer provides format and questions.
Lecturer performs graded assessment.
Assessment Criteria
Ear Training50

To pass this course, students must complete all assignments and accumulate
an overall course mark of no less than 50