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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 theseinclude 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 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,555.35

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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.

School of Performing Arts Office

Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Peter Adams

Teaching Staff: Assoc. Prof. Peter Adams, Dr Madeleine Parkins-Craig

Paper Structure

This paper covers rhythm, harmony and melodic aspects of music. Please contact the School of Performing Arts Office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Teaching Arrangements

Three 50-minute lectures and streamed tutorials commencing after mid-semester break.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
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 music
  • Gain a broad cultural perspective

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

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Second Semester

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 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
A2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
A3 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-40