Bachelor of Music - Musicianship Year 2 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Musicianship

Advanced Melody & Part Writing

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

Advanced Melody & Part Writing

Unit Code

MUSHIP 202

Unit Description In this unit students will learn how to:

  • Write extensive melodies with modulations.
  • Craft multi-part melodic work demonstrating advanced counterpoint techniques.
  • Analyse musical works to reveal conformity with or variation from standard practice.
  • Clearly present their music ideas with notational software.
  • Extend aural skills to include singing and transcribing complex melodies, melodic modulations and complex rhythms.
Award(s) Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration 1 Semester (12 Weeks)
Level Year 2, Semester 2
Unit Coordinator Dr Matthew Fields
Teaching Staff Dr Matthew Fields
Core/Elective Core
Pre/Co-requisites Pass in MUSHIP 101 & 102
Credit Points 15 credit points - 15

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 202 students will extend their skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary Western music theory by building in a scaffolded and sequential way on the Year 1 foundation.  MUSHIP 202 will extend the study of melody and counterpoint to include multiple modulations, free counterpoint and a broader technical and harmonic language.  Knowledge will be directly applied to creating extensive melodies and counterpoint 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. Create effective melodies for traditional and contemporary music styles clearly applying concepts of modulation and form.
  2. Craft compelling two, three and four-part melodies employing effective counterpoint techniques.
  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 202
THEORY
  • Revise Counterpoint Species Foundations.
  • Review part writing in contemporary practice to identify commonality and variation from traditional practice.
  • Learn Free Counterpoint in traditional style.
  • Advance Counterpoint skills: identifying hidden errors.
  • 3-part Counterpoint.
  • Blending traditional and contemporary melodic techniques with modulation and advanced harmonic outlines.
  • Extensive analysis of published works to identify devices and techniques; conformity and variation of practice in different style and time periods.
  • Capstone Training: Combining advanced melody-writing skills, free counterpoint skills, advanced rhythmic skills, modulation and advanced harmony skills together to construct compelling music for traditional and contemporary music.
AURAL
  • Reinforce key elements from Semester 1.
  • Sight-sing multi-part melodies, including dissonance, using outline of Counterpoint Species 3, 4 & 5.
  • Two-part melodic dictation using outline of Counterpoint Species 3, 4, & 5.
  • Melodic dictations variously in 2 notated parts (melody & bass-line) and melody with chord symbols to include common progressions, suspensions, passing notes, modal mixture, Applied V.
  • Sight-singing and melodic dictation of 1 part among 3.
  • Sight-playing multi-part rhythms.
  • Multi-part rhythm dictations including complex patterns and syncopation.
  • Identify and symbolise chord progressions including modulation, Applied V, modal mixture and wide variety of common chords and inversions.
  • Create spontaneous melody over chord progression.  Transcribe.
  • Create spontaneous rhythm over given part.  Transcribe.
  • Capstone Training: Combine skills to create and notate in lead-sheet style a song without, using an instrument or technology as a reference point.


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 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

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, 5, 6, 7

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, 5, 6, 7

Assessment 2d
Type: Active Learning
The Active Learning 4 assessment shares the same assessment criteria as Assessment 1a (Active Learning 3). See above for details.

Week 14

10%

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

Assessment 2e
Type: Workbook
Workbook 4 is an open book assessment sharing the same parameters as Assessment 1b (Musicianship Workbook 3). 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, 5, 6, 7

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, 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

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

2 A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation

1, 2

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

2a, 2d

6 Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate  to a range of contexts including further study 3 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 1, 2 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 2, 3, 4, 5 5, 7 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 3, 4, 5 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 3, 4 4 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f