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Lismore

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 notate music correctly
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
3 demonstrate a basic competency in musical dictation, transcription, rhythm and melody reading
4 demonstrate basic competence in the operation of computer music systems and applications
5 perform basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard.

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

  1. notate music correctly
  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
  3. demonstrate a basic competency in musical dictation, transcription, rhythm and melody reading
  4. demonstrate basic competence in the operation of computer music systems and applications
  5. perform basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns on the piano keyboard.

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 teaching periods.