Musical Analysis Short Course

Nationally recognised accredited training

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


Music Analysis follows on from Music Literacy and has students delving deep into written scores. The short course aligns with many first semester university-level contemporary music theory programs and explores both harmonic and melodic aspects of contemporary music practice. An overview of the topics covered include the following
  • Scale-tone triads
  • Major and minor harmonic progressions
  • Roman numeral analysis
  • Diatonic and parallel relationships
  • Chord inversion and slash notation
  • Cadences
  • Modulation 
  • Melodic contour or shape
  • Definition of phrases and motives
  • Melodic permutations

Lesson Schedule

  • Introduction to music analysis
  • Harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements
  • Form — underlying structure
  • Scale tone triads
  • Major and minor harmony
  • Introduction to Roman numeral analysis
  • Range — intervallic and scientific
  • Melodic contour, phrases and motives
  • Repetition and variation
  • Cadences
  • Modulation — pivot, direct and transitional
  • Chord function — tonic, sud dominant and dominant
  • Form versus arrangement
  • Strophic, AB and ABC forms
  • Examples of song form
  • Melodic permutations overview
  • Transposition, retrograde, inversion and rotation
  • Implied harmonic movement
  • Substitutions defined
  • Static, additive and reductive models
  • Secondary dominants and tritone substitutions


Required Resources
  • Computer with high-speed internet connection
  • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word or similar


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.