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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

MUS10531 - Performance I

Co-requisites

MUS10542 - Ensemble II (or be enrolled in this unit in the same period)

Unit aim

Extends the skills and knowledge gained in Performance I and develops intermediate performance skills through the analysis and critique of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of contemporary music repertoire and the application of foundational techniques.

Unit content

Topic 1: OWH & S including hearing loss awareness for ensemble playing; technical exercises to establish a practice routine; chart interpretation, rhythm changes, sight reading and transcription.

Topic 2: Introduction to repertoire; extended harmony; progressions, four-note voicings, quartal and arpeggios; Instrumental role and function.

Topic 3: Scale syllabus; extended chords, four-note voicings and arpeggios;

Topic 4: Repertoire development; introduction to advanced harmonic progressions, altered/chord extensions; rhythmic technical work related to fast tempos, 8th, 16th note straight, swung and syncopated feels.

Topic 5: Advanced improvisation; scale syllabus.

Topic 6: Memorisation, accompanying, chart interpretation and improvisation over advanced harmonic progressions and technical application to swing eighth notes at various tempos. Stagecraft skills.

Topic 7 : Scale syllabus. chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 8: Rhythmic focus Latin; jazz: standards, swing, hardbop, ballads and bebop.

Topic 9: Continuation of approaches to improvisation and technical application; stagecraft skills.

Topic 10: Chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 11: 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate advanced-level instrumental or vocal techniques appropriate to selected genres
2 demonstrate the application of advanced-level instrumental or vocal techniques to the performance of selected genre-based repertoire
3 demonstrate an understanding of advanced-level theory
4 demonstrate the application of theory and musicianship skills to performance and studio practice
5 present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media.

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

  1. demonstrate advanced-level instrumental or vocal techniques appropriate to selected genres
    • GA1:
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate the application of advanced-level instrumental or vocal techniques to the performance of selected genre-based repertoire
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
  3. demonstrate an understanding of advanced-level theory
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
  4. demonstrate the application of theory and musicianship skills to performance and studio practice
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
  5. present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media.
    • GA2:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Reed, T, 2001, Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer, Alfred Publishing Company.
  • 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 teaching periods.