Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Music Theory Part 1

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION This unit is intended for beginners who wish to learn the basic theory of music, and for students who already have basic knowledge of music theory and wish to improve their skills. The course also offers practice in aural (ear) training, a requisite for students who want to read music fluently to become proficient musicians. The ultimate aim of the course is to serve as a foundation for the student who wishes to start learning a musical instrument of his/her choice.

Delivery of lessons will combine a theoretical/practical approach with easy-to-understand explanations of the basic concepts, and will involve participation by the students in aural training exercises that are intended to make the music lessons more enjoyable. This is a unit offered at basic level, and serves as an introductory course to the second unit, Music Theory 2.

Learning Objectives:

• To introduce students to the basic theory of music;
• To enhance students' sensitivity to listening to music;
• To provide an introduction to music appreciation;
• To provide opportunities for students who wish to compose their own songs;
• To prepare students who wish to learn an instrument.

Unit Material:

Theory workbook and textbook will be provided by the tutor in downloadable form.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. Students will be assigned easy homework tasks, and will be expected to follow the course in order to be able to proceed to the next level. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants. This unit is intended for beginners.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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