Module Overview

Music Theory and Keyboard Skills

This module provides the student with an introduction to the fundamentals of music theory, with practical applications of theoretical concepts on the piano keyboard. It will also facilitate the development of aural recognition and transcription skills, to better prepare the student for the range of musical situations they are likely to encounter as a professional musician.

Module Code

MUSG 1006

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Knowledge of Musical Vocabulary

Clefs and staves, note values and rests, time signatures, reading music on your instrument of choice

Melodic and Harmonic Construction

Intervals, scales, triads and their inversions

Music Theory Concepts

Seventh, ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords and their inversions, voice leading, modulation, modal scales and scales


Simple, compound, and odd time signatures

Basic Arranging

The roles that guitar, bass, drums, and vocals play in various genres in contemporary music and how music for these specific instruments is notated

Introduction to basic rock instrumentation score reading

Interpreting, realising, and transcribing parts written for and played by a rock group

This module will be delivered utilising a variety of methods including; tutor led lectures/workshops, group work, e-learning through your VLE and independent study and research.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40