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Unit description

Introduces students to fundamental musicianship skills and knowledge specifically in relation to theory, aural, keyboard and digital musicianship skills (including notation software and digital audio workstation software). Students participate in lectures, tutorials and lab sessions designed to build foundational level musicianship skills.

Unit content

  • Basic rhythm notation, transcription, reading and performance
  • Pitch basics, intervals, scales and melodic concepts
  • Introductory keyboard skills
  • DAW basics (Pro Tools/Logic/Ableton) and notation software basics (Sibelius)

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1notate music correctlyKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate an understanding of basic music theory concepts relating to rhythm, melody, harmony, musical form and texture, and apply these concepts to a range of contemporary music stylesIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate a basic competency in musical dictation, transcription, rhythm and melody readingIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4demonstrate basic competence in the operation of computer music systems and applicationsKnowledge of a discipline
5perform basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard.Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. notate music correctly
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of basic music theory concepts relating to rhythm, melody, harmony, musical form and texture, and apply these concepts to a range of contemporary music styles
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate a basic competency in musical dictation, transcription, rhythm and melody reading
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate basic competence in the operation of computer music systems and applications
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. perform basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Fitzgerald, J, 2003, Popular Music Theory and Musicianship, Revised Edition, Hazelmount Publishing, East Lismore. ISBN: 0-9750568-0-8.
  • Pertout, A, 2001, Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book, Mel Bay, USA. ISBN: 0786653078.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Tutorial on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Laboratory session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Assessment
Notation/transcription assignment20%
Basic keyboard skills test15%
Notation/transcription assignment)20%
Basic DAW assignment)15%
Exam: closed book30%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Tutorial on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Laboratory session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Assessment
Notation/transcription assignment20%
Basic keyboard skills test15%
Notation/transcription assignment)20%
Basic DAW assignment)15%
Exam: closed book30%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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