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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to fundamental 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 designed to build foundational level musicianship skills.

Unit content

  • Basic rhythm notation, transcription, reading and performance
  • Pitch basics, intervals, scales and melodic concepts
  • Introductory keyboard skills
  • DAW basics (Pro Tools/Logic/Ableton) and notation software basics (Sibelius)

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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 notate music correctly Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate an understanding of basic music theory concepts relating to rhythm, melody, harmony, musical form and texture, and apply these concepts to a range of contemporary music styles Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
3 demonstrate a basic competency in musical dictation, transcription, rhythm and melody reading Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 demonstrate basic competence in the operation of computer music systems and applications Knowledge of a discipline
5 perform basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard. Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. notate music correctly
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of basic music theory concepts relating to rhythm, melody, harmony, musical form and texture, and apply these concepts to a range of contemporary music styles
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate a basic competency in musical dictation, transcription, rhythm and melody reading
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate basic competence in the operation of computer music systems and applications
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. perform basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Fitzgerald, J, 2003, Popular Music Theory and Musicianship, Revised Edition, Hazelmount Publishing, East Lismore. ISBN: 0-9750568-0-8.
  • Pertout, A, 2001, Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book, Mel Bay, USA. ISBN: 0786653078.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.