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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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
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MUSI 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music
MUSI 201 is a required paper in the MusB and MusB(Hons) degrees.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Peter Adams

Teaching Staff: Professor Peter Adams
Professor Anthony Ritchie
Mr David Harrison

Teaching Arrangements
Three lectures and tutorials per week.
Study materials will be handed out in the first class of each module.
Course outline

Please contact the School of Performing Arts Office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

This paper expands on material covered in MUSI 101. Students who successfully complete the paper 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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 10-14, 16-22
A2 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-14, 16-22
A3 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-14, 16-22