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Musical Language I

Code: 100659 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500240 Musicology FB 1 1
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Publio Pablo Delgado Fernandez de Heredia

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Marta Dosaiguas Canal
Publio Pablo Delgado Fernandez de Heredia


It is recommended to have some knowledge of the Professional Conservatory degree or comparable.

Objectives and Contextualisation

- Master and deepen in the musical language

Deepening in the work of hearing education, tuning and dictation

- Develop the musical sense and the internal understanding of music

- Understand and fluently master musical language at a rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and formal level

- Analyze a work or musical fragment in a global way based on the analysis of scores

- Achieve autonomy and mastery in written and improvised creation


  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
  • Students must have and understand knowledge of an area of study built on the basis of general secondary education, and while it relies on some advanced textbooks it also includes some aspects coming from the forefront of its field of study.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Accurately describing an artistic object with the specific language of art criticism.
  2. Conceptually analysing a work of the subject matter.
  3. Critically taking part in classroom oral debates and using the discipline's specific vocabulary.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental problems, vocabulary and concepts of music.
  5. Discern equivalences and differences.
  6. Discern the basic elements of the main areas of music and culture and relate them to musical praxis. Develop the experience of cultural relativity in the act of listening.
  7. Recognise the main models and their application in musical works.


Elements of musical language

- Pulsation, time

- Rhythm -  majors minors, augmented and diminished intervals

- Major and minor scales

- Melody

-  Treble and bass clef

- Transport of melodies

- Harmony: tonal and modal degrees, tonal functions, triad and quatriads chords  (1st type), bass and chord symbols (classical and modern)

- Cadences and modulation

Formal analysis

- Form and structure

- Phrase, semi phrase, motif


- Monody, accompanied melody, homophony and counterpoint


 Methodology that will be carried out throughout the course will be based on these principles:
											- Classes will be carried out at an eminently practical level
											- The work of theoretical knowledge will be a consequence of the daily practice.
											The basic procedures on which classroom activities will be carried out will be:
											- Listening, expression, interpretation, comprehension and musical creation.
											- Group work and individual work will be alternated.
											The student will have reading material of musical repertoire, support for auditory education and analysis to carry out the activities of:
											- Reading of musical works
											- Analysis of structures and elements typical of the musical language.
											Use of computer software in specific teaching laboratories and analysis activities and musical practice in small groups.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives.


Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Practice of intonation 15 0.6 4, 5
Analysis of structures and musical textures 15 0.6 4
Rhythmic and melodic reading 15 0.6 2, 4, 1, 6, 3, 7
Type: Supervised      
Use of computer software in specific teaching laboratories 13 0.52 2, 4, 5, 7
Analysis activities and musical practice in small groups 12 0.48 2, 4, 5, 7
Type: Autonomous      
Making melodies,chord symbols, cadences, harmonic functions 26 1.04 2, 4, 5
Rhythmic and melodic reading 26 1.04 2, 4, 6, 5, 7
Virtual practice of musical dictations 26 1.04 2, 4, 5, 7


The evaluation will be based on the following aspects:  

- The continuous evaluation of the practice in the classroom and the activities that are proposed.

- Written tests of recognition, analysis and musical creation

- Oral reading tests, reading at sight and tuning  

To pass the subject, it is essential to fine-tune the prepared repertoire reading section.

Any student who does not have a minimum grade of 3 in each of the tests will not be considered approved.


Only those students who have taken all the tests will have the right to access the reevaluation, and only the test or tests that have been suspended must be retrieved. Those students who have not taken any of the previous evaluable tests will not have the right to reevaluation.

Those students who have attended the two written tests will have the right to access to the re-evaluation. The students who have not been presented in one or both of the previous evaluable tests will not be entitled to re-assessment.

Students will be considered "non-evaluable" in the following cases:

- The student has not attended one of the evaluable parts

- The student has not appeared in any of the evaluable parts  

In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Prova final 45% 0.75 0.03 2, 4, 1, 6, 5, 3, 7
Prova oral 35% 0.85 0.03 6, 5, 3, 7
Prova parcial 20% 0.4 0.02 2, 4, 1, 5, 7



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