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MUSC6015 - Popular Instrumental Studies 1

Title:Popular Instrumental Studies 1
Long Title:Popular Instrumental Studies 1
Module Code:MUSC6015
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: AIVEEN KEARNEY
Module Description: This is the first in a progressive series of skill-centered modules. It provides intensive directed study of the basic core instrumental/vocal skills required to enable students to develop their performance potential. The module is delivered through instrument-specific group lessons that introduce the importance of ensemble collaboration in conjunction with the technical and musical instruction.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Display comfort with basic instrumental/vocal skills.
LO2 Demonstrate core technical ability through the presentation of basic repertory.
LO3 Apply technical skills to play a basic unprepared piece at sight.
LO4 Present etude repertoire appropriate to his/her chosen instrument.
LO5 Successfully collaborate in a group learning environment through attendance and active participation.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Consolidate basic core technique on chosen instrument.
Introduction to a broad range of material addressing specific technical and musical challenges.
Consolidate basic reading skills.
Group Lessons:
Introduction to ensemble skills including listening, interaction and peer collaboration.
Scales and Arpeggios:
Introduction of basic scales and arpeggios as appropriate to chosen instrument.
Metronome Skills:
Consolidate basic metronome exercises that lay the foundation for solid internal time.
Repertory Engagement:
Introduction to basic level analysis of repertory specifically relevant to chosen instrument
Applied Instrument History:
Introduction to the history of chosen instrument that will be developed over future modules, eventually influencing stylistic musical choices.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation Presentation of technical studies/exercises, basic repertory performance, sight reading ability and scales/arpeggios where appropriate to chosen instrument. 1,2,3,4 60.0 Sem End
Other Continuous assessment of the individual learner within a group setting: focusing on attendance, participation, preparedness and the weekly development of performance ability. 1,2,3,4,5 40.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Tutorial Instrument specific group lesson or divided individually as required. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual instrumental practice. 12.0 Every Week 12.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Module lecturer, Books, Journals, CDs, Instrument specific reading and listening bibliography will be provided by the lecturer
  • Mark Levine, The Jazz Theory Book, Sher Music (1995) [ISBN: 978-1883217044]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Peter Erskine, Time Awareness: For All Musicians, Alfred Music Publishing (2005) [ISBN: 0739038540]
  • Various, The Real Book, Hal Leonard Corporation; 6th Revised Edition (2005) [ISBN: 0634060384]
  • John Petrucci, Rock Discipline, International Music Publications (2000) [ISBN: 978-1576234747]
  • William Leavitt, Reading Studies for Guitar, Berklee Press (1997) [ISBN: 978-0634013355]
  • Tommy Tedesco, For Guitar Players Only, Alfred Music Publishing (2008) [ISBN: 978-0739053812]
  • Ted Greene, Chord Chemistry, Alfred Music Publishing (1981) [ISBN: 978-0898986969]
  • Peter Murray, Shauna Kennedy, Essential Bass Technique, Hal Leonard Corporation (2001) [ISBN: 978-0634032677]
  • Dr. Licks, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Hal Leonard Corporation (2004) [ISBN: 978-0881888829]
  • Gary Willis, Fingerboard Harmory for Bass, Hal Leonard Corporation (1997) [ISBN: 978-0793560431]
  • Gary Willis, 101 Bass Tips, Hal Leonard Corporation (2001) [ISBN: 978-0634017476]
  • Rich Appleman, Reading Contemporary Electric Bass, Berklee Press (2000) [ISBN: 978-0634013386]
  • Mark Levine, The Jazz Piano Book, Sher Music; 1st Edition (2005) [ISBN: 978-0961470159]
  • Mark Harrison, The Pop Piano Book, Harrison Music Education Systems; 2nd Edition (1998) [ISBN: 978-0793598786]
  • Ross Ramsay, Piano Essentials, Berklee Press (2005) [ISBN: 978-0876390498]
  • Russell Hoffmann, Paul Schmeling, Berklee Practice Method: Keyboard, Berklee Press (2009) [ISBN: 0-634006517]
  • Joe Morello, Master Studies, Modern Drummer Publications (1986) [ISBN: 978-0881887488]
  • Ted Reed, Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer, Alfred Music Publishing (1997) [ISBN: 978-0882847955]
  • George L. Stone, Stick Control for the Snare Drummer, Alfred Music Publishing (2009) [ISBN: 978-1892764041]
  • Keith Copeland, Creative Coordination for the Performing Drummer, Carl Fischer Music (1986) [ISBN: 978-0825803864]
  • Stanton Moore, Groove Alchemy, Hudson Music (2010) [ISBN: 978-1423475163]
  • John Riley, The Art of Bop Drumming, Alfred Publishing (2005) [ISBN: 978-0898988901]
  • Jean, M.D. Abitbol, Patricia Crossley (Translator), Odyssey of the Voice, Plural Publishing Inc. (2006) [ISBN: 9781597560290]
  • Donna Soto-Morettini, Popular singing, A & C Black Publishers Ltd. (2006) [ISBN: 0713672668]
  • Daniel Borch Zangger, Ultimate Vocal Voyage, Faber Music (2007) [ISBN: 978-9185575190]
  • Anne Peckham, The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique, Berklee Press; 2nd Edition (2010) [ISBN: 978-0876391075]
  • Erskine Damien 2014, The Improvisor's Path: Exploring the Bassist's Path To Mastery, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 149736891X]
  • Mike Campbell 1998, Sightsinging: The Complete Method for Singers (Musicians Institute Essential Concepts), Hal Leonard [ISBN: 0-7935-8191-5]
  • W. Leavitt 2009, A Modern Method For Guitar Vol. 1, Berklee Press Publications [ISBN: 0876390734]
  • Mike Adamo 2010, The Breakbeat Bible: The Fundamentals of Breakbeat Drumming, Hudson Music [ISBN: 1423496337]
  • Mark Guiliana 2016, Exploring Your Creativity on the Drumset, Pap/DVD/Ps Ed., Hudson Music [ISBN: 9781495076404]
  • Mark Harrison 2016, Modern Pop Keyboard - The Complete Guide with Audio (Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series), Hal Leonard [ISBN: 9781495025075]
  • Joseph Alexander 2014, Sight Reading Mastery for Guitar, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 9781499579079]
  • Cathrine Sadolin 2012, Complete Vocal Technique, 3rd Ed., CVI Publications [ISBN: 9788799243617]
  • Tony Grey 2013, Tony Grey Bass Academy, Pap/DVD Ed., Music Sales [ISBN: 9781780384832]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 1 Mandatory

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