Bachelor of Music - Musicianship Year 3 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Musicianship

Advanced / Chromatic Harmony

The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

Advanced / Chromatic Harmony

Unit Code

MUSHIP 301

Unit Description In this unit students will:
  • Learn and apply chromatic harmonic techniques
  • Apply advanced modulation to non-related keys
  • Analyse music examples to identify harmonic devices
  • Demonstrate skilful application of counterpoint techniques to 4- part writing
  • Develop advanced aural skills to include identification and writing of chromatic harmony, non-tonal melodies and complex multi part rhythms
Award(s) Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration 1 Semester (12 Weeks)
Level Year 3, Semester 1
Unit Coordinator Dr Matthew Field
Teaching Staff Dr Matthew Field
Core/Elective Core
Pre/Co-requisites A pass in MUSHIP 201 & 202
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 301 students will further extend their skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary Western music theory to equip them for professional workforce engagement in diverse and complex musical environments.  This will be achieved by building in a scaffolded and sequential way on the Year 2 foundation.  Year 3 will extend the study of melody, harmony and counterpoint to include chromatic harmony, multiple modulations to non-related keys and advanced part writing.  Jazz and 20th Century harmonic and compositional devices will be introduced to extend students’ harmonic and theoretical 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 include complex rhythms and non-tonal notes, 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. Apply advanced harmonic concepts to musical examples including complex diatonic harmony and elements of chromatic harmony.
  2. Compose extensive melodies demonstrating advanced knowledge of structure, devices, modulation and form.
  3. Craft extensive 2, 3 & 4 part melodies employing effective counterpoint technique.
  4. Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various musical concepts are applied.
  5. Develop, research, identify and evaluate advanced melodic and harmonic devices in diverse musical genres and styles, through collaboration, exploration and creative practice.
  6. Demonstrate advanced ability in complex rhythms and time signatures.
  7. Identify and transcribe complex rhythms, melodies and harmonies from selected examples.
  8. Vocalise and transcribe complex melodies and intervals including modulations and chromaticism.
  9. Sight clap and transcribe complex 2-part rhythms including all rhythmic values.

             

Teaching Outline


Year 3
MUSHIP 301
THEORY
  • Overview revision of key harmonic developments covered in Year 2.
  • Modulations to non-related keys.
  • Neapolitan 6 chords.
  • Augmented 6th Chords (Italian, German, French).
  • Tritone substitutions.
  • Introduction to Jazz harmony.
  • Introduction to non-diatonic harmony concepts.
  • Craft extensive melodies in various styles applying advanced rhythmic, melodic and implied harmonic features.
  • Extensive analysis of music in own repertoire and published works to identify and refine use of devices learnt.
AURAL
  • Harmonic progression recognition including all chords learnt.
  • Singing and identifying bass lines and melodies outlining the new harmonic devices above.
  • Multi-part melodic dictation including atonal notes, chromatic passing notes and modulations.
  • Multi-part sight-rhythm playing and dictation.
  • Transcription of songs in common use (ie. current radio play) with correct rhythm, notated melodies and harmonic outline.
  • Identification and transcription of theatre and classical songs.

             

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]

Grybaitis, G., Forscutt, C., Leckie, A., Norton, B. (2006). Theory of Music Textbook for All Levels.  Melbourne: AGME

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
(e.g. Assignment - 2000 word essay (specify topic)
Examination (specify length and format))

When assessed
(eg Week 5)

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

Weeks 1 - 7

10%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 5 weeks of the course.

Week 6

10%

1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9

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 14

20%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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, 8, 9

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 2 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 11 weeks of the course.

Week 12

10%

1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9

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, 3, 7, 8, 9

 

  

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, 9

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

2 A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation

1, 2, 3, 6

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

3 An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research

4, 5

1a, 1d

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

4, 5

1a, 1d

5 Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

1, 2, 3

1a, 1d

6 Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate  to a range of contexts including further study 4, 5 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, 6, 7, 8 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, 8, 9 1, 2 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 1, 2, 3, 6 5, 7 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 4, 5 4, 5, 6, 7 1a, 1d
4 Effective communication skills for diverse contexts 2, 3 4, 5, 7 1a, 1d
5 The capacity to work independently and collaboratively 4, 5 4 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f