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Unit description

Develops 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). Students participate in lectures, tutorials and lab sessions building on skills and knowledge developed in the unit Musicianship II.

Unit content

  • Four-note and five-note chords built from the major scale
  • Chords built from 'church' modes and minor scales
  • Basic chord voicing and voice-leading principles
  • Chord progressions
  • The concepts of plurality and diatonic chord substitution
  • Secondary dominant and diminished chords
  • Tritone substitution
  • Analysing key areas
  • Common drum and bass patterns
  • Keyboard skills: building basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic skills and knowledge
  • DAW skills and techniques, working with samples and MIDI.

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1Recognise, analyse and apply intermediate level harmonic concepts
2Demonstrate an understanding of ensemble 'grooves' and contemporary rhythmic techniques
3Perform, recognise, dictate and compose advanced rhythmic patterns
4Sight sing, recognise, dictate and compose melodies based on major, minor, jazz and blues scales and modes
5Sing arpeggios, recognise, dictate and compose chord progressions based on advanced harmonic vocabulary
6Perform intermediate level melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard
7Demonstrate basic competency in the use of MIDI tracks and instrument samples in DAW software.

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

  1. Recognise, analyse and apply intermediate level harmonic concepts
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of ensemble 'grooves' and contemporary rhythmic techniques
  3. Perform, recognise, dictate and compose advanced rhythmic patterns
  4. Sight sing, recognise, dictate and compose melodies based on major, minor, jazz and blues scales and modes
  5. Sing arpeggios, recognise, dictate and compose chord progressions based on advanced harmonic vocabulary
  6. Perform intermediate level melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard
  7. Demonstrate basic competency in the use of MIDI tracks and instrument samples in DAW software.

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Tutorial on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Laboratory session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Assessment
Theory/transcription30%
Theory/transcription30%
Practical skills10%
Exam: closed book30%

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Tutorial on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Laboratory session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Assessment
Theory/transcription30%
Theory/transcription30%
Practical skills10%
Exam: closed book30%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. 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 teaching period.

Fee information

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