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Unit description

Strengthens 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). This unit extends the theoretical concepts presented in Musicianship III, focusing on advanced harmonic relationships, groove construction, sectional writing and scale/harmony application, and applies these concepts to develop aural perception, composition, arranging and performance.  

Unit content

  • Chord progressions
  • Timbres
  • Textural elements
  • Musical structures
  • Transcriptions
  • Rhythmic counterpoint and the creation of contemporary grooves
  • Advanced scales and their application for improvisation
  • Quartal (fourth-based) harmony
  • Two, three and four-part sectional writing
  • Functional keyboard skills
  • Intermediate level MIDI and sample-based editing and arranging techniques
  • Basic DAW mixing techniques, spatialisation and use of effects

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:
1Transcribe songs from contemporary repertoire into professional music charts
2Recognise and create popular instrumental and vocal timbres and effects
3Apply intermediate level aural skills in rhythmic, melodic and harmonic perception to the understanding, interpretation and performance of contemporary music repertoire and practice.
4Recognise, analyse and create intermediate level ensemble 'grooves' and contemporary rhythmic techniques
5Apply chord construction, voicing and voice leading principles to compose two, three and four sectional harmonisations
6Recognise, perform and apply advanced scales and modes for improvisation

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

  1. Transcribe songs from contemporary repertoire into professional music charts
  2. Recognise and create popular instrumental and vocal timbres and effects
  3. Apply intermediate level aural skills in rhythmic, melodic and harmonic perception to the understanding, interpretation and performance of contemporary music repertoire and practice.
  4. Recognise, analyse and create intermediate level ensemble 'grooves' and contemporary rhythmic techniques
  5. Apply chord construction, voicing and voice leading principles to compose two, three and four sectional harmonisations
  6. Recognise, perform and apply advanced scales and modes for improvisation

Prescribed texts

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