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Unit description

Develops intermediate 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 building on skills and knowledge developed in the unit Musicianship II.

Unit content

  • Four-note and five-note chords built from the major scale
  • Chords built from 'church' modes and minor scales
  • Basic chord voicing and voice-leading principles
  • Chord progressions
  • The concepts of plurality and diatonic chord substitution
  • Secondary dominant and diminished chords
  • Tritone substitution
  • Analysing key areas
  • Common drum and bass patterns
  • Keyboard skills: building basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic skills and knowledge
  • DAW skills and techniques, working with samples and MIDI.

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
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))
Practical skills10%
Exam: closed book30%

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

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Fee information


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