Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Music

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


An introduction to the theory of music, including notation and the foundations of key, harmony and tonality.
Music is a language, and like any other language it has a way of writing it down, spelling, punctuation and all those grammatical things that languages have; and of course it also has an enormous, and enormously pleasurable, literature. If you couldn't read and write English, you might be able to get along in everyday life-but you'd have to rely on audiotapes, films and film adaptations for any literature. It's the same with music. You can get by just listening to your favourite records without understanding them, but if you're really interested, you want to be able to read and write music, and to know what's going on. This paper introduces you to the dots and squiggles and what they mean, and it looks at how music is put together: what notes are available, how you make tunes out of them, and how you put other notes with them to make harmony.

Learning Outcomes
Please contact the Department of Music's office for copy a of the most recent paper profile.

Text books are not required for this paper, but it might be helpful for you to have a reference book of your own. We recommend the following:
-Eric Taylor, The AB Guide to Music Theory, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 1989
-Joseph N. Straus, Elements of Music, 3rd Edition, Sydney: Pearson, 2012

*Course content subject to change