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MUSI101 Materials of Music 1

An introduction to the materials of music, advancing students’ understanding of scales, modes, chords, rhythm and musical structure, illustrated with examples drawn from a wide range of music.

If we are to understand, perform or compose the widest range of music, we need to understand its basic building materials. Fundamentally these include rhythm, harmony and melody. The paper contains both analytical and practical elements in each of these areas. This paper provides the foundation for study in all areas of music and offers a voyage of discovery in terms of personal musical development.

Paper title Materials of Music 1
Paper code MUSI101
Subject Music
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students enrolling in MUSI 101 must be able to read music and have some theoretical knowledge of music. Those who do not are advised to take MUSI 191 in the first semester.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Maddy Parkins-Craig
Teaching Staff: Dr Maddy Parkins-Craig
Professor Peter Adams
Mr David Harrison

Paper Structure

This paper covers Harmonic, Melodic, Rhythmic, Structural and Textural aspects of music.

Teaching Arrangements

Three 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute tutorial per week.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the language of music
  • Gain a broad cultural perspective

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-41
A4 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41