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Musical Language

Code: 102032 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500797 Early Childhood Education OT 4 A
2500798 Primary Education OT 4 A


Ricard Gimeno Abad

Use of Languages

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


People who want to enroll in this subject must prove that they are studying - or have passed - the level of music studies corresponding to the first cycle of Intermediate Degree. In case of not having followed regulated musical studies, a level test will be done.

Objectives and Contextualisation

- Develop musical sense and internal understanding of music.
											- To know and master fluently the musical language at a rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and formal level.
											- Acquire autonomy in harmonic accompaniment and in the creation and improvisation of music.

- Acquire essential knowledge of teaching musical language


    Early Childhood Education
  • Analyse audiovisual languages and their educational implications.
  • Be familiar with the music, plastics and body language curriculum at this stage as well as theories on the acquisition and development of the corresponding learning.
  • Consider classroom practical work to innovate and improve teaching.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the aims, curricular contents and criteria of evaluation of Infant Education
  • Develop educational proposals that promote perception and musical expression, motor skills, drawing and creativity.
  • Incorporate information and communications technology to learn, communicate and share in educational contexts.
  • Know and use songs to promote hearing, rhythmic and vocal education.
  • Properly express oneself orally and in writing and master the use of different expression techniques.
  • Take account of social, economic and environmental impacts when operating within one's own area of knowledge.
  • Understand the pedagogical dimension of interaction with peers and adults and learn to promote participation in group activities, cooperative work and individual effort.
  • Work in teams and with teams (in the same field or interdisciplinary).
    Primary Education
  • Acquiring resources to encourage lifelong participation in musical and plastic arts activities inside and outside of the school.
  • Design, plan and evaluate education and learning processes, both individually and in collaboration with other teachers and professionals at the centre.
  • Foster reading and critical analysis of the texts in different scientific fields and cultural contents in the school curriculum.
  • Incorporate information and communications technology to learn, communicate and share in educational contexts.
  • Know the school's arts curriculum, in its plastic, audiovisual and musical aspects.
  • Promote cooperative work and individual work and effort.
  • Reflect on classroom experiences in order to innovate and improve teaching work. Acquire skills and habits for autonomous and cooperative learning and promote it among pupils.
  • Take account of social, economic and environmental impacts when operating within one's own area of knowledge.
  • Understand the principles that contribute to cultural, personal and social education in terms of the arts.
  • Work in teams and with teams (in the same field or interdisciplinary).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire knowledge and skills and abilities in the expressive and perceptive dimension of voice, song, choral singing and conducting.
  2. Apply the practice of writing, composition analysis and recognition through information and communications technology.
  3. Be able to reflect on and adapt didactic interventions in different educational contexts and situations.
  4. Be able to sing and get groups to sing, listening to others and respecting each other.
  5. Be able to work in a team.
  6. Being able to design activities from the different content blocks of the material, in accordance with basic methodological principles.
  7. Being able to sing and sing in groups, listening to others and respecting each other.
  8. Being able to work together.
  9. Identify the social, economic and environmental implications of academic and professional activities within one?s own area of knowledge.
  10. Know and master the elements of musical language on an expression, understanding and creation level.
  11. Knowing how to explain the main consequences of the effect of teaching the arts on people's cultural, personal and social education.
  12. Knowing how to listen to and analyse a musical work on a rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and formal level.
  13. Knowing how to understand, analyse and compare texts belonging to different spheres of thought, culture and the arts with their possible linkages with music.
  14. Learn to develop different strategies in how to work that balance the development of group projects and individual projects.
  15. Learn to develop different work strategies that balance the development of group projects and individual projects.
  16. Learn to establish relationships between different artistic languages taking theory and praxis of musical activity as a central focus.
  17. Learn to understand, analyze and compare texts from different domains of thought, culture and the arts with their possible links with the musical event.
  18. Propose viable projects and actions to boost social, economic and environmental benefits.
  19. Recognising the value of musical activities related to singing, song and conducting in educating the individual, and the fundamental role that it plays in school activities.
  20. They have acquired knowledge and skills and abilities in expressive and perceptive dimension of voice, song, choral singing and musical direction.
  21. Understand the learning processes and methodological bases underlying the teaching and learning of music.


1. The own elements of the musical language:
											1.1. The lecture
											1.2. Writing
											1.3. Improvisation
											1.4. The composition
											1.5. The audition
											2. Technical processes and strategies and resources for teaching and learning music
											2.1. Imitation and interpretation
											2.2. Musical memory
											2.3. Recognition and inner hearing
											2.4. The accompaniment
											2.5. The creation
											2.6. The analysis

3.Didactics of musical language in Primary Education

3.1 Essential bases

Sequencing of the different rhythmic and melodic elements



The methodology that will be carried out throughout the course will be based on these principles:
Classes will be held on an eminently practical level The work of theoretical knowledge will be a consequence of daily practice
The basic procedures on which the activities in the classroom will be developed will be:


Listening, expression, interpretation, comprehension and musical creation. Group work and individual work will alternate. Carrying out collective, small group and individual music analysis activities.


The student will have dossiers for reading musical repertoire, materials to support hearing education and analysis to carry out the activities of: Reading musical works Analysis of structures and elements of the musical language Resources and exercises for musical recognition Practice of structural, formal and harmonic analysis in scores of works by different composers and periods.


Tutorials and other tutored activities.

Our teaching approach and assessment procedures may be altered if public Health authorities impose new restrictions on public gatherings for COVED-19


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      
Face-to-face activities with the whole group 45 1.8 16, 21, 10, 20, 19, 12, 11
Type: Supervised      
Supervised activities 30 1.2 2, 15, 16, 21, 4, 5, 7, 8, 1, 19, 13, 6
Type: Autonomous      
Autonomous activities 75 3 15, 14, 16, 3, 1, 17, 11, 13, 6


The evaluation will be based on the following aspects:
											1 The continuous evaluation of the practice in the classroom and of the proposed activities.
											2 Written tests of recognition, hearing, analysis, musical creation and teaching of musical language
											3 Oral tests of reading, tuning, song and musical improvisation.
											In these 3 aspects, the analysis of musical works, musical comprehension (formal form and structure), musical creation and improvisation, auditory discrimination (dictations of different types) and musical reading (prepared or in sight) will be evaluated.
All these evaluation activities will be worked taking into account the 3 aspects. According to UAB regulations, plagiarism or a copy of a work will be penalized with a 0 as a grade for this work, losing the possibility of recovering it, the possibility of recovering it, whether it is an individual work or in group (in this case, all members of the group will have a 0).
If during the performance of an individual work in class, the teacher considers that a student is trying to copy or is discovered some type of document or device not authorized by the teacher, the same will be graded with a 0, without recovery option. Attendance is required at least 80%. To pass the subject it is essential to have successfully passed the part of the oral tests (specifically the song). These tests will be performed: -On 19/12/22 and 21/12/22 will be the ones for the 1st semester test. This test (divided into two sessions) will include the following assessment activities: Music comprehension, music creation, hearing discrimination, music improvisation and music reading. -On 14/6/23 and 21/6/23 will be the test of the 2nd semester. This test (spread over two days) will include the following assessment activities: Analysis of musical works,musical comprehension, musical creation, auditory discrimination, musical improvisation and musical reading.

(Students who have obtained a result higher than 7 in the listening activities of the 1st semester, will be able to choose to do or not these tests in the 2nd semester. In the case that they choose not to do them they will be qualified with the result of the 1st semester)
											-when returning from the intensive Practicum period of the 1st term (early February) the syllabus of Didactics of Musical Language will be worked on and the corresponding test of this section of the syllabus will be carried out.
											The weight of each of the tests is as follows:
											- 1st term test: 40%
											- 2nd term test: 45%
											-Teaching test: 15%
											The grade for each test will be proportional to the weight of each assessment activity.
											They will be individual tests and will ratify if the learnings worked during each semester are achieved or not.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Analysis of musical works 10 % 0 0 3
Hearing discrimination 25 % 0 0 10
Individual and group tasks 5 % 0 0 2, 15, 14, 16, 21, 10, 4, 5, 7, 8, 19, 17, 12, 11, 13, 6
Musical reading 30 % 0 0 20
Musical understanding 10 % 0 0
Proposal and identification of social projects 5% 0 0 9, 18
Musical creation 5 % 0 0 2
Musical improvisation 10 % 0 0 1, 20


Maideu, J. (1988). Assaig. Vic: Eumo

Mestes, J., Aramon, N. (1983). Vocabulari català de música. Barcelona: Millà

Michels, U. (1985). Atlas de Música. Madrid: Alianza


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