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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

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.

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

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

  1. Recognise, analyse and apply intermediate level harmonic concepts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of ensemble 'grooves' and contemporary rhythmic techniques
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. Perform, recognise, dictate and compose advanced rhythmic patterns
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. Sight sing, recognise, dictate and compose melodies based on major, minor, jazz and blues scales and modes
    • GA2: Creativity
  5. Sing arpeggios, recognise, dictate and compose chord progressions based on advanced harmonic vocabulary
    • GA2: Creativity
  6. Perform intermediate level melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. Demonstrate basic competency in the use of MIDI tracks and instrument samples in DAW software.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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