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Unit description

Builds on foundational level 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 consolidate foundational level musicianship skills.

Unit content

  • Chord construction, chord scale relationships, basic chord progressions
  • Compound metres, unusual metres and rhythmic groupings
  • Chord melody relationships, four-note chords
  • Hearing chord progressions and singing bass lines and voice led-chord progressions
  • Basic 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
1perform, recognise and dictate fundamental melodic and rhythmic patternsKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2sing arpeggios, recognise and dictate chord progressions based on fundamental harmonic vocabularyKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3transcribe simple songs and notate a lead chartIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4perform basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboardKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5demonstrate basic competence in the operation of computer music systems and applicationsKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. perform, recognise and dictate fundamental melodic and rhythmic patterns
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. sing arpeggios, recognise and dictate chord progressions based on fundamental harmonic vocabulary
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. transcribe simple songs and notate a lead chart
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. perform basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate basic competence in the operation of computer music systems and applications
    • 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.
  • Radley, R, 2008, The Real Easy Ear Training Book, Sher, Petaluma CA. ISBN: 1-883217-61-X.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Laboratory session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Lecture online 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Tutorial online 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Assessment
Notation/transcription assignment25%
Keyboard skills test10%
Notation/transcription assignment35%
Exam: practical30%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Tutorial online 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Laboratory session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Assessment
Notation/transcription assignment25%
Keyboard skills test10%
Notation/transcription assignment35%
Exam: practical30%
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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International

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