MUSI101 Aural Skills 1

Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.

Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions MUSI103 or MUSI104

A working knowledge and practical application of the rudiments of music and music notation is required. Students without this background should first enrol in MUSI111 before taking MUSI101.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Paul Smith (
Unit Description

This unit is the first of a series of three progressive aural music skills units. Students begin with foundational aural perception skills including pitch, rhythm and metre, tonality, harmony, texture, four-part writing and counterpoint. Musicianship and analysis will be taught with an emphasis on aural training, aural dictation and sight-singing. This unit encourages students to develop active listening skills, and be able to move between aural recognition and description to musical notation with ease.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

See Note


Note: Students should purchase and download the Auralia Musition Cloud Bundle directly from the developer, Rising Software, who will also supply technical assistance with program set up and usage throughout the license. To do this, go to and select 'Buy Now' in the top right hand corner, then scroll down to the 'Student Cloud' section and click 'Buy Now', then scroll down and complete the purchase for 'Auralia and Musition Cloud Student bundle'. School Code and Pin will be made available when the unit moodle site is open.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignment 1 20% 1000 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

Sight-singing exercises

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 5

Compulsory Assignment 2 20% 1000 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

Melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation exercises

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Assignment 3 10% 400 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

Counterpoint exercises

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3, 5

Online Quizzes 20% 600 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

Four quizzes worth 5% each

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Take Home Examination 30% 1500 (equivalent)
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. identify, notate and sing rhythmic, melodic and simple harmonic progressions;
  2. describe accurately a number of musical textures from listening examples;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of all major and minor keys;
  4. identify and realise simple figured bass; and
  5. understand and apply first and second species counterpoint rules.