LismoreSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Develops students' pathways as musicians/songwriters within their particular discipline and challenges and extends their artistic understanding and creativity. Provides advanced critique, analysis and application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of repertoire and the application of advanced techniques.

Unit content

Topic 1 – Advanced repertoire analysis, etude studies and scale syllabus.

Topic 2 – Advanced technical exercises to establish complex melodic lines and four-note voicings, and arpeggios and complex harmonic progressions.

Topic 3 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres.

Topic 4 – Repertoire development. Introduction 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 complex harmonic progressions, advanced stagecraft skills including presentation, band volume, personal dynamics, time management and communication skills.

Topic 7 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres, advanced rhythmic techniques related to soloing.

Topic 8 – Application of improvisation skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading and technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 9 – Approaches to advanced improvisation and technical application.

Topic 10 – Application of rhythmic skills to selected repertoire. Advanced chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 11 – Application of melodic skills to selected repertoire. Advanced chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 12 – Exam preparation: advanced 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

  • Riley, 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
Workshop on-site 1 hour/weekly
Practical session 2 hours/weekly ((12 weeks))
Tutorial on-site 30mins/weekly
Performance and Production Workshop/ attend and perform20%
Weekly assessments of studio tasks25%
Vertical Transcription25%
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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