Extends the theory concepts presented in MUS00620 - Contemporary Music Theory I, focuses on harmonic relationships, extended chords and voicings and groove construction; and applies these theoretical concepts to composition and performance in a variety of contemporary music styles.
- Four- and five-note chords built from the major scale
- Chords built from ‘church’ modes and minor scales
- Basic chord voicing and voice-leading principles
- The concepts of plurality and diatonic chord substitution
- Secondary dominant and diminished chords
- Tritone substitution
- Analysing key areas
- Common drum and bass patterns
- Rhythmic counterpoint and the creation of contemporary grooves
- Advanced scales and their application for improvisation
- Quartal (fourth-based) harmony
- Two- and three-part sectional writing
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate an advanced understanding of chord construction, chord progressions and harmonic relationships||Intellectual rigour|
|2||demonstrate basic competence in the areas of voicing, voice-leading and sectional writing||Creativity|
|3||demonstrate an understanding of ensemble 'grooves' and contemporary rhythmic techniques||Creativity|
|4||relate theory concepts to a range of contemporary music styles||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||employ correct musical notation||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Fitzgerald, J & Mitchell, A, MUS00621 Contemporary Music Theory II.
Teaching and assessment
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