Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Musical Techniques, Foundation (MA/BEng/MEng) MUSIC2006

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to basic principles in harmony and counterpoint.


20 x 1hr lectures; 10 x 1 hr seminars as scheduled in MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

D3 or above in Listening through Analysis (MUSIC1021) or Performance, Foundation (MUSIC1005)

Excluded Courses






Six short exercises incorporating elements of analysis and stylistic composition (1-2 pages each),- equally weighted -100%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:


■ Develop awareness of aspects of musical style in a range of historical periods.


■ Explore the principles of counterpoint and harmony giving students experience in the technique of tonal music.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:


■ Apply principles of historical style and tonal harmony to a variety of exercises

■ Analyse music using a range of techniques appropriate to the style and period.

■ Formulate musical passages with stylistic acuity according to a variety of classical and other models

■ Engage fluently with conventions of music notation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.