Bachelor of Music - Musicianship Year 2 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Musicianship

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

MUSICIANSHIP

Unit Code

MUSHIP 202

Unit Duration

Year long unit over 4 terms

Year Level

Two

Module

Theory and Aural

Module Codes per semester

MUSTHE2001

MUSTHE2002

Unit Coordinator

Dr Matthew Fields

Teaching Staff

Lecturer: Dr Matthew Fields
Sessionals: Greta Grybaitis, Dr Ern Knoop, Leonie Wobking, Bernadette Norton, Glen Carter-Varney

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

Year One

Credit Points

3 per term; 12 per year
Course total = 36

Mode of Delivery

x Face to face
x Online
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
x Full-time
x Part-time
x External

Delivery/ Contact Hours

Lecture Theory 1 hour
Lecture Aural 1 hour
Tutorial n/a
Personal Study recommended - 3 hours

Award(s)

Bachelor of Music

Resource Requirements

  • Software
  • Computing resource requirements
  • Technical Help

             

Unit Aims

Theory
This year of study will include a progressive development of former elements. Students will continue to develop and extend upon the theoretical technical elements undertaken in year 1. Harmony will now be extended to include Pianoforte style. Form and analysis of major works will be studied extensively.
Aural
During the course of this year of study students will be introduced to increased aural demands including intervals, harmony, melodic and rhythmic dictation which will develop stronger aural awareness.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Extend knowledge of fundamental essential rudiments both notational and rhythmical.
  2. Transcribe or transpose and/or compose harmonies of more complicated structures.
  3. Demonstrate considerable compositional skills, writing free counterpoint with imitation and modulation.
  4. Acquire proficiency in analysis, evaluation and exploration of musical works.
  5. Cultivate musicianship in relation to orchestral instruments/instrumentation using compositional principles.
  6. Apply more advanced knowledge and analysis to selected masterpieces.
  7. Demonstrate ability to analyse, reproduce and assess various musical phrases and rhythms at a more advanced level.
  8. Demonstrate ability to notate and sing/write rhythmic, melodic, harmonic progressions and cadences.

 

Teaching Outline

Year 2

THEORY

Term One

Workbook 1a

  • Scales (major, Aeolian mode, harmonic minor, melodic minor, treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs). Two octaves with or without key signatures, with or without time signatures. Correct grouping of notes and rests.
  • Key signatures (major and minor, treble, bass, alto and tenor clefs)
  • Intervals (diatonic and chromatic, inversions and compound)
  • Chords (root and inversions, major, minor, diminished triad, augmented, major and minor 6ths and 7ths, dominant 7th)
  • Harmony (unfigured bass including root, 1st, and 2nd inversion chords, passing and cadential 6/4 progressions)
  • Scalar chords and scale degrees
  • Development of modes and the modal concept
  • Form and orchestral instruments

TERM TEST 1b

Term Two

Workbook 2a

  • A repeat and revision of previous term content Chords (including half and full diminished)
  • Harmony (including dominant 7th chord, the suspended 4th)
  • General knowledge
  • Melody writing (8-32 bar major or minor with modulation, writing for a 4-line verse with modulation)

TERM TEST 2b

Term Three

Workbook 3a

  • A repeat and revision of previous terms content
  • Harmony (including suspended 2nd, modulation to related keys, diminished 7th chord in 1st inversion, unaccented passing and auxiliary notes)
  • Melody writing (including 8-32 bars to a given chord progression)
  • Free counterpoint (including imitation)
  • Orchestral instruments (brass – trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba)
  • Opera and oratorio (general knowledge on the art forms and composers)
  • Concerto (general knowledge on form, instrumentation, keys, features)

TERM TEST 3b

Term Four

Workbook 4a
Analysis Violin concerto in E minor Op. 64 by Mendelssohn
Will be a complete revision of the above and student will be given various exercises and assignments to complete in preparation for the November examinations.
FINAL EXAMINATION 4b

Aural Development (equivalent AGME Associate level)

Term One

Students will be given access to online resources each year which will have various exercises that are to be completed during each year of study to assist student with studies.  Resources: Practise tests have been placed onto MOODLE, online live USTREAM lecture viewing and to help students with their studies, students will be given access to Ear Master Cloud.

  • Interval recognition (reiteration of first year):All chromatic intervals
  • Triads: major, minor and augmented triads in root position
  • Cadences: Perfect and plagal
  • Melodic dictation: 4-10 bar melodies

TERM TEST 1c

Term Two

Revision of the above to develop progressive aural development.

  • Dictation of chord progressions that remain in tonic key
  • Melodic dictation (reiteration of term one): 4-10 bar melodies
  • Sight-singing: simple atonal melodies

TERM TEST 2c

Term Three

Revision of the above to develop progressive aural development.

  • Dictation of chord progression that modulate to the sub dominant, dominant and relative minor keys.
  • Melodic dictation (reiteration of terms one and two): 4-10 bar melodies
  • Sight-singing (reiteration of term two): simple atonal melodies.
  • Rhythmic dictation: 4-10 bars.

TERM TEST 3c

Term Four

GENERAL REVISION to develop progressive aural development.

  • Dictation of chord progression that modulate to the sub dominant, dominant and relative minor keys.
  • Recognition of modes: Ionian, dorian, lydian, mixolydian, locrian, aeolian and phrygian.
  • Sight-singing (reiteration of term two): simple atonal melodies.
  • Rhythmic dictation: 4-10 bars.

FINAL EXAMINATION 4c


Prescribed and recommended readings:

Required textbook(s)

  • Online Books and Video tutorials (MOODLE)
  • AGME - Theory textbooks (1)                                  
  • AGME – Theory workbooks (4)
  • AGME – Past practice test exercises/answers and audio tests (CD)
  • AGME – Ear training book
  • Ear Master (Cloud)

Reference Materials
Online video will be available on MOODLE.  DVD’s are also available for students for many subject areas related to performance.  Students can view the list of DVDs available and make a request, which can be given/posted to students in groups of 5 DVDs at any one time. Upon completion of viewing students are required to return them and then they will be supplied the next group of DVD’s.
Reading List
David Carson Berry and Sherman Van Solkema. "Theory." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2258426>.
Janna Saslaw. "Diminished seventh chord." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/07806>.
"Dominant seventh chord." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/50016>.
Whittall, Arnold. "counterpoint." The Oxford Companion to Music. Ed. Alison Latham. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/opr/t114/e1670>.
Laure Schnapper. "Ostinato." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/20547>.
Arthur Hutchings, et al. "Concerto." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/40737>.
Arnold, Denis and Timothy Rhys Jones . "concerto." The Oxford Companion to Music. Ed. Alison Latham. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/opr/t114/e1550>.
"Opera." The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd ed. rev. Ed. Michael Kennedy. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/opr/t237/e7485>.
Howard E. Smither. "Oratorio." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/20397>.

 

Student assessment 

Summary:
Term Workbooks (4)                                      15% (1 x 3% + 3 x 4%)
Term Theory Exams (3)                                 15% (3 x 5%)
Term Aural Exams (3)                                                15% (3 x 5%)
Aural final examination (1)                              15%
Theory final examination (1)                           40%


Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting
(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1a
Type: Workbook
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will complete a set of exercises to prepare them for the term test comprising the following:

  • write scales (two octaves, with or without keys and time signatures), key signatures and chords
  • identifying intervals, scalar chords and scale degrees
  • harmony writing (unfigured bass), applying rules for passing and cadential 6/4 progression including root,1st and 2nd inversion chords
  • answering general theoretical knowledge questions on fundamental musical rudiments

Term 1 Week 7

3%

1, 2, 4

Assessment 1b
Type: Theory Exam
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will be examined on everything they have studied in term one lectures and workbook.

Term 1 Week 9

5%

1, 2, 4

Assessment 1c
Type: Aural Exam
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will be examined on everything they have studied in term one lectures and online practice tests.

Term 1 Week 9

5%

7, 8

Assessment 2a
Type: Assignment
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will complete a set of exercises to prepare them for the term test comprising the following:

  • write scales (two octaves, with or without keys and time signatures), key signatures and chords
  • identifying intervals, scalar chords and scale degrees
  • harmony writing (unfigured bass), applying rules for passing and cadential 6/4 progression including root,1st, 2nd inversions and dominant 7th chords plus suspended 4th.
  • answering general theoretical knowledge questions on fundamental musical rudiments
  • writing melodies with modulation and to a verse

Term 2
Week 7

4%

1, 2, 4, 5

Assessment 2b
Type: Assignment
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will be examined on everything they have studied in term two lectures and workbook.

Term 2
Week 9

5%

1, 2, 4, 5

Assessment 2c
Type: Aural Exam
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will be examined on everything they have studied in term one lectures and online practice tests.

Term 2 Week 9

5%

7, 8

Assessment 3a
Type: Workbook
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will complete a set of exercises to prepare them for the term test comprising the following:

  • write scales (two octaves, with or without keys and time signatures), key signatures and chords
  • identifying intervals, scalar chords and scale degrees
  • harmony writing (unfigured bass), applying rules for passing and cadential 6/4 progression including root,1st, 2nd inversion chords, dominant 7th and diminished 7th chords plus suspended 2nd modulation to related keys, unaccented passing and auxiliary notes.
  • answering general theoretical knowledge questions on orchestral instruments (brass), the opera, oratorio and concerto.
  • writing melodies with modulation and to a verse
  • writing free counterpoint including imitation

Term 3
Week 7

4%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 3b
Type: Theory Exam
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will be examined on everything they have studied in term two lectures and workbook.

Term 3
Week 9

5%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 3c
Type: Aural Exam
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will be examined on everything they have studied in term one lectures and online practice tests.

Term 3 Week 9

5%

7, 8

Assessment 4a
Type: Workbook
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will complete a set of exercises comprising a complete revision of annual lectures and workbooks to prepare them for the final exam including an analysis on a set concerto.

Term 4 Week 7

4%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 4b
Type: Final Theory Exam
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will be examined on everything they have studied throughout the annual lectures and workbook.

Term 4 Week 9

40%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 4c
Type: Final Aural Exam
Word length: n/a
Topic: Students will be examined on everything they have studied throughout the annual lectures and online practice tests.

Term 4 Week 9

15%

7, 8

 

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes.


A. Research, critical thinking and inquiry

Learning Outcomes

A1. adjust knowledge to new circumstances to problem solve creatively and with imagination in public performance/professional practice

1, 2, 3,

A2. research, analyse, evaluate, think critically, organize evidence clearly and logically in a range of circumstances, including written work, performance and professional practice

 4, 5, 6

B. Knowledge and Skills

 

B1. knowledge of music technologies required in performance/professional practice

7, 8

B2. advanced knowledge of music theory, aural, and performance/professional practice in either solo or group settings

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

C. Communication

 

C1. communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using oral,  written, audio and visual applications to extend learning, (including while directing ensemble groups, instrumental tutoring,  and other professional practice), and utilising  assessment, negotiation and understanding

2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

C2. ability to contribute to teams and resolve conflicts whilst supervising group tasks, performing or other professional practice

 

D. Independent Learning

 

D1. independent learning in a self-directed manner while being able to reflect on and evaluate work practices and performance to achieve goals

1, 4, 7, 8

E. Creative and Professional Understanding

 

E1. demonstrate professional understanding and respect for standards of current music knowledge, pedagogy, performance/professional practice.

3, 5

E2. open to innovative concepts, procedures and philosophies in performance/professional practice and application of creativity.

2, 3, 4,