Module Overview

Applied Music Theory, Transcription & Keyboard Skills

This module provides the student with an opportunity to consolidate, develop and apply the music theory concepts studied in DN/MM604 ‘Theory, Notation and Keyboard Skills.

It will facilitate further the development of aural transcription skills, along with a more detailed study of the theory behind the music, including practical applications of theoretical concepts to better prepare the student for the range of musical situations they are likely to encounter as professional musicians.

Module Code

MUSG 2003

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 and other rock band instruments

Melodic and Harmonic Construction

Intervals, scales, triads and their inversions

Advanced Music Theory Concepts

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


Simple, compound, and odd time signatures, polyrhythm

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

Chart Reading and Writing

Includes working through professional music charts and understanding how to accurately read dynamics and performance directions

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

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