LismoreSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Provides the opportunity for students to develop their directions as musicians within their discipline, through intermediate critique, analysis and application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of popular repertoire and the application of intermediate techniques.

Unit content

Topic 1 – Introduction to a range of repertoire and technical etudes

Topic 2 – Technical exercises to establish complex melodic lines and intermediate harmony (four-note voicings, and arpeggios)

Topic 3 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres 

Topic 4 – Repertoire development 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, intermediate 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.

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

  • Rilet, J, 2000, Beyond bop drumming, Manhattan Music.
  • Stone, GL, 2002, Stick control for the snare drummer, Alfred Publishing.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 30mins/weekly
Workshop on-site 1 hour/weekly
Practical session 2 hours/weekly ((12 weeks))
Performance and Production Workshop20%
Weekly assessment of studio tasks 30%
Transcription/performance of transcription20%
Performance 30%

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


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