LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Strengthens 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). This unit extends the theoretical concepts presented in Musicianship III, focusing on advanced harmonic relationships, groove construction, sectional writing and scale/harmony application, and applies these concepts to develop aural perception, composition, arranging and performance.  

Unit content

  • Chord progressions
  • Timbres
  • Textural elements
  • Musical structures
  • Transcriptions
  • Rhythmic counterpoint and the creation of contemporary grooves
  • Advanced scales and their application for improvisation
  • Quartal (fourth-based) harmony
  • Two, three and four-part sectional writing
  • Functional keyboard skills
  • Intermediate level MIDI and sample-based editing and arranging techniques
  • Basic DAW mixing techniques, spatialisation and use of effects

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 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Laboratory session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Lecture on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Tutorial on-site 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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