Bachelor of Music - Musicianship Year 1 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Musicianship

Foundations of Melody & Part Writing

The following applies to Year One Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

Foundations of Melody & Part Writing

Unit Code

MUSHIP 102

Unit Description In this Unit students will:
  • Explore the theoretical foundations of traditional and contemporary Western music.
  • Craft contemporary and traditional melodies.
  • Create effective 2 part melodic works.
  • Understand variations encountered in professional practice.
  • Analyse contemporary music examples for conformity to or variation from standard practice.
  • Clearly present musical ideas with notational software.
  • Develop aural skills to identify and write intervals as well as contemporary styled melodies, rhythms and harmonies.
Award(s) Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration 1 Semester (12 Weeks)
Level Year 1, Semester 2
Unit Coordinator Dr Matthew Field
Teaching Staff Dr Matthew Field
Core/Elective Core
Pre/Co-requisites Nil
Credit Points 15 credit points

Mode of Delivery

x Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Ontensive/block mode (where the unit or a face to face component is delivered in a block)
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
x Full-time
x Part-time
o External
o Fast track

Student Workload
Delivery/ Contact Hours

Number of timetabled hours per week
  • Live Lecture Theory – 1 hour
  • Live Lecture Aural – 1 hour
  • Tutorial – 1 hour
  • Personal Study recommended - 8 hours
Total hours per week - 11 hours

Resource Requirements

  • Computing resource requirements
  • Fast and reliable internet connection
  • Cloud Software
  • Technical Help

Resources Provided

  • Moodle (included with registration)
  • Noteflight (embedded into Moodle)
  • Ear Master Pro (Cloud)  [login provided]
  • Moodle Quizzes (embedded into Moodle)
  • Library resources (see prescribed or recommended texts below)

             

Unit Aims

In Musicianship 102 students will gain fundamental skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary melodic and melodic part writing.  This will be achieved through ensuring a solid and flexible foundation in the rudiments of music and then developing further study of melody and counterpoint through scaffolded and sequential learning tasks.  Knowledge will be directly applied to creating melodies and counterpoint in traditional and contemporary styles with specific and clear requirements to demonstrate competence in key areas.  Students will also develop their aural skills (‘inner ear’) and develop sight singing and rhythm skills as well as transcription skills applied to real world situations.


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of music theory rudiments including variations they may encounter in professional practice.
  2. Compose simple and effective melodies for contemporary and traditional music styles.
  3. Craft two-part melodies employing effective counterpoint techniques.
  4. Develop, research and evaluate melodic and harmonic techniques through exploration and creative practice.
  5. Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various musical concepts are applied.
  6. Identify melodic and harmonic devices in diverse musical genres and styles.
  7. Vocalise intervals, harmonies, melodies and rhythms from selected examples.
  8. Transcribe rhythms, intervals, harmonies, progressions and melodies from selected examples.


Teaching Outline

Year 1
MUSHIP 102
THEORY
  • Learn Counterpoint Species 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Error identification Counterpoint Species 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Chains of suspensions
  • Applying counterpoint techniques to 4-part writing
  • Appoggiatura
  • Analysis of 2-part writing and other songs to identify use of counterpoint techniques
  • Traditional melody writing
  • Melody writing with melodic modulation
  • Differentiating between modulations and chromatic passing notes
  • Harmonising traditional melodies with functional harmony
  • Adding ‘colourful’ chords to functional harmony (ie. Maj7, add6, add2)
  • Longer form traditional melodies with multiple modulations
  • Creating original traditional melodies and harmonising applying counterpoint techniques to all 4 parts
AURAL
  • Reinforce foundational elements from MUSHIP 101
  • Singing and identification of Dorian mode
  • Sing chromatic scale
  • Melodic sight singing based on 1st and 2nd species counterpoint
  • Melodic sight singing with melodic modulation and more involved rhythms
  • Sing V7, min7, Maj7 chords and inversions
  • Melodic dictation with modulation and more involved rhythm
  • Melodic dictation in 2 parts based on 1st and 2nd species counterpoint
  • Identify chord progressions (including cadences)


Prescribed and recommended readings:

Reading List

Marvin, E. & Clendinning, J. (2016). The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company Inc.

Reference Materials

Evans, J. (2014). Exploring Theory with Practica Musica. http://agm-elearning.mywisenet.com.au/mod/url/view.php?id=13497 [login required], Ars Nova

Field, M. (2015). Music Foundations [Video series].  http://agm-elearning.mywisenet.com.au/course/view.php?id=172#section-4 [login required]

 

Student assessment 

Summary:

  Name Week Set Week Due Duration Weighting  
1a Active Learning 3 1 7   10% Due Friday
1b Workbook 3 4 6   10% Due Friday
1c Test 3 7 7 1 hr 20 mins 20% Set time
1d Active Learning 4 8 13   10% Due Friday
1e Workbook 4 10 12  

10% Due Friday
1f Test 4 14 14 1 hr 20 mins 40% Set time

 

Assessment Details

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting
(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 2a
Type: Active Learning
The Active Learning 3 assessment gauges the students’ active participation in the class and ‘non-graded’ coursework. These activities are not individually graded rather a student will gain a mark based on the evidence of their active participation with the class. The student will receive an Active Learning mark based on a combination of:

  • Completion of practice activities
  • Weekly activities as set
  • Engagement with the teacher
  • Attendance online or live (including watching training videos)
  • Forum posts

Week 1 - 7

10%

1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

Assessment 2b
Type: Workbook
Workbook 3 is an open book assessments designed to ensure students understand and can apply the knowledge learnt. Students may ask for help and access resources while completing the Workbook. They may also ask for their work to be reviewed with feedback from the teacher. The Workbooks are very similar to the tests that follow and are therefore designed as excellent preparation for the timed tests.
The Workbooks are to be completed fully online using the technologies employed throughout the course.
Workbook 3 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 5 weeks of the course.

Week 6

10%

1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

Assessment 2c
Type: Test
The Musicianship Test 3 will cover all materials from the first 6 weeks of the course. This Test will be similar to the previous Workbook but will be closed book and have a strict time limit.

Week 7

20%

1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

Assessment 2d
Type: Active Learning
The Active Learning 4 assessment shares the same assessment criteria as Assessment 1a (Active Learning 4). See above for details.

Week 14

10%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Assessment 2e
Type: Workbook
Workbook 4 is an open book assessment sharing the same parameters as Assessment 1b (Musicianship Workbook 1.1). See above for details.
Workbook 4 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 11 weeks of the course.

Week 12

10%

1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

Assessment 2f
Type: Test
The Musicianship Test 4 will cover all materials from Semester 1. This Test will be similar to the previous Workbook but will be closed book and have a strict time limit.

Week 14

40%

1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8

 

  

Course Outcomes

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Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

Unit Learning Outcomes

Assessments

1 A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical  basis of the discipline

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f

2 A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation

1, 2, 3

2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f

3 An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research

3

2a, 2d

4 The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings

3, 4

2a, 2d

5 Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

3, 4

2a, 2d

6 Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate  to a range of contexts including further study 3, 4 2a, 2d
7 The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f
8 The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f
9 The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.

 

 

  

Graduate Attributes

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Graduate Attribute

Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:

Unit Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Assessments

1 Deep disciplinary knowledge 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 1, 2 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 2, 3, 4 5, 7 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 4, 5, 6 4, 5, 6, 7 2a, 2d
4 Effective communication skills for diverse contexts 2 4, 5, 7 2a, 2d
5 The capacity to work independently and collaboratively 2, 3 4 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f