Provides the opportunity for students to develop their directions as contemporary musicians within their chosen studio specialisation through the advanced critique, analysis and application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of contemporary repertoire and the application of foundational techniques.
Topic 1 – Introduction to repertoire
Topic 2 – Technical exercises to establish complex melodic lines and pre-professional harmony (four-note voicings, and arpeggios)
Topic 3 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres
Topic 4 – Repertoire development Introduction to harmonic progressions and rhythmic technical work
Topic 5 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres, improvisation (cyclic progressions, creative scale application ‘inside and outside’, rhythmic applications)
Topic 6 – Memorisation, chart interpretation and improvisation over harmonic progressions, stagecraft skills including presentation, band volume, personal dynamics, time management and communication skills
Topic 7 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres, pre-professional rhythmic techniques related to soloing
Topic 8 – Application of improvisation skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading and technical work and repertoire memorisation
Topic 9 – Continuation of approaches to improvisation and technical application
Topic 10 – Application of rhythmic skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation
Topic 11 – Application of melodic skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation
Topic 12 – Exam preparation: Intermediate stagecraft and ensemble leadership skills.
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 pre-professional level instrumental or vocal techniques appropriate to selected genres||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|2||demonstrate the application of pre-professional level instrumental or vocal techniques to the performance of selected genre-based repertoire||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|3||demonstrate an understanding of pre-professional level theory||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||demonstrate the application of theory to performance and studio practice||Creativity|
|5||demonstrate pre-professional level musicianship skills||Creativity||Communication and social skills|
|6||present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
- Igoe, T, 2008, Groove Essentials 2.0 – the play along, Hudson Music.
- Reed, Ted, 2001, Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer, Alfred Publishing Company.
- Stone, GL, 2002, Stick Control for the Snare Drummer, Alfred Publishing.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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