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MUI1007 Making Music 1: Learning Musical Languages

Semester 1, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Helen Russell
Moderator: Bruce Woodward


Musicians are required to be fluent in musical languages so that they are able to function as creative agents. This course provides an introduction to the languages of music as they are written, heard and performed.


This course provides a survey of the rudiments of music and its notation, including such concepts as the notation of pitches, note values, rhythms, metre, tempo and understanding simple musical forms. The course also provides an opportunity for students to understand and explore the relationship between melody, harmony and rhythm. The course further provides an introduction to the role of technology in music making, including the use of music notation software.


On completion of this course students should have demonstrated:

  1. interpret and explore the conventions of written musical language and notation
  2. use foundational aural abilities to recognise rhythm, pitch difference, melodic patterns, major and minor scales, intervals, major and minor triads
  3. work independently to develop music theory skills, aural competency, and use music software
  4. apply appropriate musical languages to create musical artefacts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Rhythm and its notation 10.00
2. Pitch and its notation 10.00
3. Rhythmic feels and beat subdivisions 10.00
4. Scales and keys 20.00
5. Intervals, triads and textures 20.00
6. Music notation software 10.00
7. Chord construction and recognition 10.00
8. Simple chord progressions and musical forms 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Fitzgerald, J 2003, Popular music theory & musicianship, Rev edn, Hazelmount, Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 78.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study or Assignments 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TEST 1 100 15 05 May 2015
ASSIGNMENT 100 30 19 May 2015
TEST 2 100 15 02 Jun 2015
EXAMINATION 100 40 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    For courses that use the stratified grading system:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course

  6. Examination information:
    The examination for this course is a closed exam and as such candidates are allowed to bring into the examination only their writing instruments.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.