Bachelor of Music - Musicianship Year 2 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Musicianship

INTERMEDIATE HARMONY

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

Intermediate Harmony

Unit Code

MUSHIP 201

Unit Description In this unit students will learn how to:
  • Extend harmonic principles
  • Apply advanced 4-part writing skills.
  • Explore harmonic modulation techniques.
  • Create compelling traditional harmonies and advanced contemporary harmonies.
  • Analyse musical works to reveal conformity with or variation from standard practice.
  • Clearly present music ideas with notational software.
  • Extend aural skills to include identification of advanced harmonic features, harmonic progressions, modulations and complex rhythms.
Award(s) Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration 1 Semester (12 Weeks)
Level Year 2, Semester 1
Unit Coordinator Dr Matthew Field
Teaching Staff Dr Matthew Field
Core/Elective Core
Pre/Co-requisites Pass in MUSHIP 101 & 102
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 2 students will extend their skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary Western music theory.  This will be achieved by building in a scaffolded and sequential way on the Year 1 Diatonic foundation.  MUSHIP 201 will extend the study of harmony to include multiple modulations, tonicisation and a broader harmonic language.  Knowledge will be directly applied to creating, arranging and harmonizing music in traditional and contemporary styles with specific and clear requirements to demonstrate competence in key areas.  Students will also extend their aural skills to a high level and apply that knowledge to reflect real world applications.

             

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of diatonic harmony, tonicisation and modulation as used in historical and contemporary musical practice.
  2. Create solid harmonies suitable for use in traditional and contemporary music styles
  3. Develop, research and evaluate melodic and harmonic techniques through collaboration, exploration and creative practice.
  4. Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various studied musical concepts are applied.
  5. Identify melodic and harmonic devices in diverse musical genres and styles
  6. Vocalise intervals, harmonies, melodies and rhythms from selected examples.
  7. Transcribe rhythms, intervals, harmonies, progressions and melodies from selected examples.

             

Teaching Outline

Year 2
MUSHIP 201
THEORY
  • Overview revision of key concepts from Year 1.
  • Revision of key technologies used in course.
  • Writing and identifying scales in specialised practice: Lydian, Mixolydian, Phrygian, Locrian, Whole Tone, Major Pentatonic, minor Pentatonic.
  • Time signatures: compound and less common (5/6, 7/8) grouping and barring.
  • Applied V and Applied V form (dim).
  • Modal mixture.
  • Harmonic modulation to related keys.
  • V7-9, V11, V13.
  • Analyse music in own repertoire and common usage to identify elements learnt.
  • Extend traditional melody writing skills to longer forms and more advanced harmonic outlines incorporating devices learnt.
AURAL
  • Overview revision of foundational skills from Year 1.
  • Sing and identify scales: Lydian, Mixolydian, Phrygian, Locrian, Whole Tone, Major Pentatonic, minor Pentatonic.
  • Sing and identify compound intervals ascending and descending.
  • Sight clapping complex rhythms and rhythms in less common key signatures.
  • Transcribing complex rhythms and rhythms in less common key signatures.
  • Drilling complex rhythm patters for playing and transcribing.
  • Identify Applied V in chord progressions.
  • Sight-sing melodies with modulation and chromatic passing notes.
  • Sing bass-lines to identify harmonic progressions and chord inversions.
  • Identify modal mixture in chord progressions.
  • Sight-sing melodies that include modal mixture.
  • identify V7-9, V11 & V13 amongst other chords in progressions.
  • Melodic dictation with harmonic outline (chord symbols).


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]

Murphy, P., Phillips, J., Marvin, E,. Clendinning, J. (2016). The Musicians Guide to Aural Skills, (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company Inc.

 

Student assessment 

Summary:

  Name Week Set Week Due Duration Weighting  
1a Active Learning 1 1 7   10% Due Friday
1b Workbook 1 4 6   10% Due Friday
1c Test 1 7 7 1 hr 20 mins 20% Set time
1d Active Learning 2 8 13   10% Due Friday
1e Workbook 2 10 12  

10% Due Friday
1f Test 2 14 14 1 hr 20 mins 40% Set time

 

Assessment Details


Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting
(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1a
Type: Active Learning
The Active Learning 1 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

Assessment 1b
Type: Workbook
Workbook 1 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 1.1 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 5 weeks of the course.

Week 6

10%

1, 2, 5, 6, 7

Assessment 1c
Type: Test
The Musicianship Test 1 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, 5, 6, 7

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

Week 14

10%

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

Assessment 1e
Type: Workbook
Workbook 2 is an open book assessment sharing the same parameters as Assessment 1b (Musicianship Workbook 1). See above for details.
Workbook 1.2 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 11 weeks of the course.

Week 12

10%

1, 2, 5, 6, 7

Assessment 1f
Type: Test
The Musicianship Test 2 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, 5, 6, 7

 

  

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

1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f

2 A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation

1, 2

1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f

3 An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research

3

1a, 1d

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

3, 4

1a, 1d

5 Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

3

1a, 1d

6 Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate  to a range of contexts including further study 3 1a, 1d
7 The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
8 The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
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 1, 2 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 2, 3, 4, 5 5, 7 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 3, 4, 5 4, 5, 6, 7 1a, 1d
4 Effective communication skills for diverse contexts 2 4, 5,7 1a, 1d
5 The capacity to work independently and collaboratively 3, 4 4 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f