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Unit description

Provides the opportunity for students to consolidate their direction as musicians within their particular discipline, through advanced level performance and development of instrumental, songwriting and/or vocal virtuosity. This unit culminates in a final ‘live showcase’ event.

Unit content

Topic 1: Analysis of repertoire with a high degree of difficulty and complexity, including original compositions and songwriting and arranging. Technical etudes and exercises to establish complex melodic lines and advanced harmony (polychord voicing and four-note voicings, and arpeggios).

Topic 2: Advanced methods of memorisation related to complex repertoire, chart interpretation and improvisation over harmonic progressions and 1 chord modal approaches. Scale syllabus (all modes, and a selection from world music scale).

Topic 3: Introduction to advanced harmonic progressions, rhythmic development techniques and repertoire development.

Topic 4: Advanced improvisation (melodic development, cyclic progressions, creative scale application ‘inside and outside’, rhythmic applications). Scale syllabus from a variety of genres.

Topic 5: Advanced stagecraft skills including (e.g. presentation, band volume, personal dynamics, time management and communication skills).

Topic 6: Scale and chord syllabus (all relevant modes, voicings and from a variety of genres) Advanced rhythmic techniques related to soloing (where appropriate).

Topic 7: Application of improvisation skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire.

Topic 8: Continuation of approaches to improvisation in all genres and technical application.

Topic 9: Application of melodic skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire.

Topic 10: Exam rehearsal preparation: for advanced performance

Topic 11: Exam arranging preparation: for advanced performance

Topic 12: Exam preparation: set design, lighting planning, advanced stagecraft, for final ‘showcase’ performance

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
1demonstrate advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques.Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCommunication and social skills
2demonstrate the application of advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques to the performance of selected 'final showcase event' repertoire.Lifelong learning
3demonstrate a professional understanding of advanced theory and advanced musicianship skills.Lifelong learningCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate expertise in the application of theory to performance and studio practice.Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media.Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCommunication and social skills

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

  1. demonstrate advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. demonstrate the application of advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques to the performance of selected 'final showcase event' repertoire.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. demonstrate a professional understanding of advanced theory and advanced musicianship skills.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate expertise in the application of theory to performance and studio practice.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial online 30mins/weekly
Workshop online 1 hour/weekly
Practical session 2 hours/weekly ((12 weeks))
Assessment
Performance and Production Workshop / attend and perform20%
Weekly assessment of studio tasks15%
Exam Repertoire Transcriptions 25%
Performance 40%
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

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International

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