Music Literacy Short Course

Nationally recognised accredited training

All short courses are units of competency that have come directly from one of our full qualifications.


Music Literacy explores fundamental music theory and aural skill development, essential for any serious music practitioner or pre-tertiary entrant. This short course has a hands-on approach grounded in practical application and assessment. Topics covered include treble and bass clefs, the grand staff, rhythm and meter, scales, triads, chords, melodies, contemporary chord charts, the circle of fifths, dynamics markings and more. 

Lesson Schedule

  • The five line staff
  • Alphabetic notes used in music notation
  • Overview of intervals and the major scale
  • Whole, half and quarter note subdivisions
  • Bars and bar lines
  • Major and natural minor triads and scales
  • The grand staff
  • Function of ledger lines
  • Whole, half and quarter rests
  • Time signatures 2/4 and 3/4
  • Dotted half notes 
  • Augmented triad and harmonic minor scale
  • Ties and slurs
  • Repeat bar lines, first and second time endings 
  • Introduction to four part chords
  • 8th notes and rests
  • Dotted quarter note applications
  • Lydian major and Mixolydian dominant scales
  • 12 tone chromatic scale
  • Whole and half step distances between notes
  • minor 7th and Major 7th four-part chords
  • Tetra chords
  • Compound intervals incl. major 9th and 10th
  • Dorian minor and Locrian diminished
  • All 12 major keys and the relationships between each
  • Overview of key signatures
  • Additional four part chords
  • Dynamic and shorthand markings
  • Tempo markings


Required Resources
  • Computer with high-speed internet connection
  • Textbook — Practical Theory Complete
  • A4 Manuscript Pad 
  • Arturia MiniLab
  • Ableton LIVE 


More about our Short Courses

Short courses are a great way to study a topic of interest without having the long term commitment. A lot of students start with a short course and then move into a full qualification after completing the short course.

How long do I have to finish?

You have a maximum of 6 months to complete your short course. It is possible to finish your course a lot sooner though.