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MUSI201 Materials of Music 2

The nature of musical elements, looking at ways they can be used and drawing on examples from a range of musical styles.

This paper builds on concepts learned in MUSI 101, extending beyond the world of diatonic harmony into modes and the expressive realm of chromaticism. This paper also begins to explore the nature of musical organisation and coherence, looking at a wide range of musical examples from both Western art music (classical) and contemporary (rock) music traditions. It also contains a practical four-part harmony component.

Paper title Materials of Music 2
Paper code MUSI201
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $998.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,885.00

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MUSI 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Study materials will be handed out in the first class of each module.
Learning Outcomes
This paper expands on material covered in MUSI 101. Students will gain:
  • Skills in the writing of four-part harmony
  • An understanding of modal composition and improvisation
  • An understanding of chromatic harmony in the tonal system
MUSI 201 is a required paper in the MusB and MusB(Hons) degrees.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Graeme Downes
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music's office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-12,14-16,18-22 Mon : 14:00-14:50
Weeks: 9-12,14-22 Tues, Thurs : 14:00-14:50


Weeks: 9-12,14-22 Tues : 09:00-09:50 or Tues : 10:00-10:50
Weeks: 9-12,14-16,18-22 Mon : 11:00-11:50