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MUSC6005 - Core Musicianship Skills 1

Title:Core Musicianship Skills 1
Long Title:Core Musicianship Skills 1
Module Code:MUSC6005
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: SUSAN O REGAN
Module Description: This module provides a foundation in basic musicianship skills, developing vocal and keyboard skills as communicative tools, building notational fluency, and developing aural and written analytical skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Sight-read vocal and rhythmic pieces in one and two parts
LO2 Identify and reproduce features of a given musical passage.
LO3 Analyse simple pieces of music into their constituent elements.
LO4 Manipulate basic musical structures in written form, and in vocal and keyboard improvisation.
LO5 Demonstrate keyboard facility appropriate to his/her profile
LO6 Demonstrate a knowledge and application of the rudiments of music
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.

This module is part of a restricted access course. Students should have passed the BMus Degree entrance test or equivalent.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Aural skills
An introduction to tonic solfa as a sight-singing tool; elementary sight-singing in one and two parts in major and minor keys and in pentatony; improvisation on pentatonic and basic tonal melodic patterns, memorisation, aural analysis and notation of folk melodies and short canons.
Notation and Terminology
An introduction to scales, keys, key relationships, clefs, modes, chord structures and music terminology.
Keyboard skills
This programme develops a variety of keyboard skills - including sight-reading, harmonisation of melodies, transposition and improvisation to a level appropriate to each student's profile
An introduction to principles of form as exemplified in eighteenth-century small-scale pieces.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work68.00%
End of Module Formal Examination32.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Aural skills 1,2,3,6 30.0 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Keyboard Skills Assessment 4,5 18.0 Every Week
Short Answer Questions Rudiments of music 6 20.0 Week 8
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   32.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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
Lab Piano lab 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Aural skills 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Analysis, notation and terminology 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Lecture Analysis, notation and terminology 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study, practice 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Kent D. Cleland, Mary Dobrea-Grindahl 2015, Developing Musicianship through Aural Skills: A Holistic Approach to Sight-singing and Ear Training, 2nd ed. Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 9780415855211]
  • David Bowman, Paul Terry 1993, Aural Matters; a Student's Guide to Aural Perception at Advanced Level, Schott London [ISBN: 094653221]
  • Kenneth Simpson 1963, Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation, Legnick
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Sol Berkowitz, Gabriel Fontrier, Leo Kraft, Perry Goldstein, Edward Smaldone 2011, A New Approach to Sight-singing, 5th ed. Ed., Norton New York [ISBN: 9780393911503]
  • Allen Brings, et al 1979, A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, Norton New York [ISBN: 0393950018]
  • George Pratt 1998, Aural Awareness, Oxford University Press Milton Keynes [ISBN: 019879021X]
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_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 1 Mandatory

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