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 Semester One MUSIC2024

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

For students requiring early exit, or students visiting during semester 1. This course introduces students to basic principles in harmony and counterpoint.


10 x 1hr lectures (Mondays at 11, 12, 2 or 3pm); 5 x 1hr fortnightly seminars (Fri 9am or 12 noon) as scheduled in MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

D3 grade or above in Musicianship (MUSIC1003) or Performance, Foundation (MUSIC1005)

Excluded Courses





Three equally-weighted exercises in harmony and counterpoint (1-2 pages each) -100%.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide an 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 will 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.