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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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques.||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|2||demonstrate the application of advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques to the performance of selected 'final showcase event' repertoire.||Lifelong learning|
|3||demonstrate a professional understanding of advanced theory and advanced musicianship skills.||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|4||demonstrate expertise in the application of theory to performance and studio practice.||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media.||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
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Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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