Singapore University of Social Sciences

Music Theory in Practice

Music Theory in Practice (BMU213)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 30 November 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


BMU213 Music Theory for Today’s Musicians seeks to provide students with a more advancedtheoretical understanding of music pertaining to melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, timbre,texture and structural organization. This course aims to develop a fluent understanding of thetheoretical conventions of standard musical discourse as required for more advanced musictheory.A range of theoretical concepts will be investigated through the study of selected musical scoresfrom both classical and popular contemporary music. Students will be expected to listen toworks and analyse written scores. Topics to be explored include the more advanced modulations,harmonic extensions, chromatic techniques and the different forms and analysis.Additionally, the conceptual understandings gained through forms and analysis will enablestudents to further their musical learning beyond the select musical traditions covered in thiscourse.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Keys (major and minor) and Modes
  • Tempo, dynamics and mood, and articulation
  • Intervals and Transposition 1
  • Intervals and Transposition 2
  • Phrases and Cadences
  • Tonal Harmony 1
  • Tonal Harmony 2
  • Chromatic Chord 1
  • Chromatic Chord 2
  • Linear Chromaticism
  • Modulation 1
  • Modulation 2

Learning Outcome

  • Identify and write out in notation the given chords or rhythm in a given musical score.
  • Apply key terminology, melodic and harmonic device used in given music.
  • Determine the genre, form structure, and key of the given musical piece.
  • Describe musical features of a musical form with/without the aid of musical notation.
  • Analyse and describe the textual handling of a given musical piece.
  • Construct and sketch out the main theme of a musical piece.
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