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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Pre-requisites

Achieve a grade of credit or aboveMUSC2004 - Specialist Studies IV

Unit aim

Develops students' pathways as musicians/songwriters within their particular discipline and challenges and extends their artistic understanding and creativity. Provides advanced critique, analysis and application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of repertoire and the application of advanced techniques.

Unit content

Topic 1 – Advanced repertoire analysis, etude studies and scale syllabus.

Topic 2 – Advanced technical exercises to establish complex melodic lines and four-note voicings, and arpeggios and complex harmonic progressions.

Topic 3 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres.

Topic 4 – Repertoire development. Introduction to harmonic progressions and rhythmic technical work.

Topic 5 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres, improvisation (cyclic progressions, creative scale application ‘inside and outside’, rhythmic applications).

Topic 6 – Memorisation, chart interpretation and improvisation over complex harmonic progressions, advanced stagecraft skills including presentation, band volume, personal dynamics, time management and communication skills.

Topic 7 – Scale syllabus from a variety of genres, advanced rhythmic techniques related to soloing.

Topic 8 – Application of improvisation skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading and technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 9 – Approaches to advanced improvisation and technical application.

Topic 10 – Application of rhythmic skills to selected repertoire. Advanced chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 11 – Application of melodic skills to selected repertoire. Advanced chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 12 – 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate advanced level instrumental, songwriting 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 and musicianship
4 demonstrate the application of theory to performance, songwriting 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, songwriting 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 and musicianship
  4. demonstrate the application of theory to performance, songwriting and studio practice
  5. present work in the form of concerts, compositions, recordings or other approved media.

Prescribed texts

  • Drums: Sanders, D. , 2020, Progressive Steps to Better Drumming, Prepared Sounds, Queensland, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-64516-0-5.
  • Keyboards: Russell, S., 2020, Calm Hands: Safe and Efficient Technique for Pianists, Wagtail Books, New South Wales , Australia. ISBN: 978-0-646-82878-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.