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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

Achieve a grade of credit or above MUS73009 - Specialist Studies V

Unit aim

Provides the opportunity for students to consolidate their direction as musicians within their particular discipline, through advanced level performance and development of instrumental, songwriting and/or vocal virtuosity. This unit culminates in a final ‘live showcase’ event.

Unit content

Topic 1: Analysis of repertoire with a high degree of difficulty and complexity, including original compositions and songwriting and arranging. Technical etudes and exercises to establish complex melodic lines and advanced harmony (polychord voicing and four-note voicings, and arpeggios).

Topic 2: Advanced methods of memorisation related to complex repertoire, chart interpretation and improvisation over harmonic progressions and 1 chord modal approaches. Scale syllabus (all modes, and a selection from world music scale).

Topic 3: Introduction to advanced harmonic progressions, rhythmic development techniques and repertoire development.

Topic 4: Advanced improvisation (melodic development, cyclic progressions, creative scale application ‘inside and outside’, rhythmic applications). Scale syllabus from a variety of genres.

Topic 5: Advanced stagecraft skills including (e.g. presentation, band volume, personal dynamics, time management and communication skills).

Topic 6: Scale and chord syllabus (all relevant modes, voicings and from a variety of genres) Advanced rhythmic techniques related to soloing (where appropriate).

Topic 7: Application of improvisation skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire.

Topic 8: Continuation of approaches to improvisation in all genres and technical application.

Topic 9: Application of melodic skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire.

Topic 10: Exam rehearsal preparation: for advanced performance

Topic 11: Exam arranging preparation: for advanced performance

Topic 12: Exam preparation: set design, lighting planning, advanced stagecraft, for final ‘showcase’ performance

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 demonstrate advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques. Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills
2 demonstrate the application of advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques to the performance of selected 'final showcase event' repertoire. Lifelong learning
3 demonstrate a professional understanding of advanced theory and advanced musicianship skills. Lifelong learning Communication and social skills
4 demonstrate expertise in the application of theory to performance and studio practice. Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
5 present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media. Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills

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

  1. demonstrate advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. demonstrate the application of advanced instrumental, songwriting or vocal techniques to the performance of selected 'final showcase event' repertoire.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. demonstrate a professional understanding of advanced theory and advanced musicianship skills.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate expertise in the application of theory to performance and studio practice.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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