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MUSC8087 - Popular Instrumental Studies 8

Title:Popular Instrumental Studies 8
Long Title:Popular Instrumental Studies 8
Module Code:MUSC8087
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: AIVEEN KEARNEY
Module Description: This is the eighth in a progressive series of skill-centered modules. It enables students to integrate advanced technical ability with developed musical expression and performance flair. Students will demonstrate their ability to conduct in-depth critical analysis, create precise transcriptions, perform fluent sight-reading and self assess through progressive exposure to independent learning in preparation for graduation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Perform an authentic and varied programme, combining technical precision with musical stylistic expression.
LO2 Consistently produce a controlled tone on the chosen instrument.
LO3 Demonstrate well-developed self-awareness by creating and managing an effective practice regime that addresses the module's requirements.
LO4 Display high level instrumental competency to musically perform an unprepared piece at sight in time with an optional click/ backing track.
LO5 Create, present and expressively perform a precise transcription of assigned challenging repertory.
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
Complex Technical and Musical Considerations:
Intensive study consolidates progressive technical considerations, mature musical expression and performance flair. Advanced exercises, rudiments, scales and arpeggios are utilised in the context of musical expression to consolidate the student's control of the chosen instrument.
Advanced Musicianship:
Challenging sight-reading is completed with confidence. Transcriptions are created, studied and performed expressively – incorporating detailed critical analysis that informs the holistic development of the performer.
Perfromed at sight – up and down a major third – appropriate to specific instrument.
Self-Awareness and Learning to Learn:
Realistic objectives are set by the student in consultation with the lecturer. Students implement and manage an effective practice regime to successfully attain these objectives. Further development of the student's ability to learn independently is facilitated through self-assessment and lecturer consultation. The student's active participation in this process is essential and is continuously monitored and encouraged by the instrumental lecturer.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation Presentation of technical studies/exercises, repertory performance, sight reading ability, self-prepared chart and scales/arpeggios where appropriate to chosen instrument. 1,2,3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
Other Continuous assessment of the individual learner within the 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. 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
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
  • Scott D. Harrison, Jessica O'Bryan (eds.) 2014, Teaching Singing in the 21st Century, Springer [ISBN: 9401788502]
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]
  • Mark Levine, The Jazz Theory Book, Sher Music (1995) [ISBN: 978-1883217044]
  • Victor Wooten, The Best of Victor Wooten, Cherry Lane Music (2003) [ISBN: 978-1575604138]
  • Alain Caron, Rhythm'n Jazz (Ultimate Play-Along for Bass), Alfred Music Publishing (1998) [ISBN: 978-0968463314]
  • 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]
  • 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, Beyond Bop Drumming, Alfred Music Publishing (2005) [ISBN: 978-1576236093]
  • The Collective, Afro- Caribbean & Brazillian Rhythms for the Drumset, Carl Fischer Music (2007) [ISBN: 0-8258-4903-9]
  • Jean, M.D. Abitbol, Patricia Crossley (Translator), Odyssey of the Voice, Plural Publishing Inc. (2006) [ISBN: 9781597560290]
  • Anne Prckham, The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique, Breklee Press; 2nd Edition (2010) [ISBN: 978-0876391075]
  • Victor Wooten, The Best of Victor Wooten, Cherry Lane Music [ISBN: B015QLA3HC]
  • Mike Campbell 1998, Sightsinging: The Complete Method for Singers (Musicians Institute Essential Concepts), Hal Leonard [ISBN: 0-7935-8191-5]
  • Judy Niemack 2004, Hear It and Sing It! Exploring Modal Jazz, Hal Leonard [ISBN: 978- 0-634-08]
  • Gillyanne Kayes 2004, Singing and the Actor, 2nd Ed., London: A & C Black [ISBN: 0-7136-6823-7]
  • Charlton Johnson 1998, Swing and Big Band Guitar: Four-to-the-Bar Comping in the Style of Freddie Green, Hal Leonard Corporation [ISBN: 0793573815]
  • Johnny Rabb 2001, Jungle Drum "n" Bass: A Guide to Applying Today's Electronic Music to the Drum Se, Alfred Music [ISBN: 0757990258]
  • Mark Guiliana 2016, Exploring Your Creativity on the Drumset, 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 8 Group Elective 1
CR_GMUTE_9 Master of Arts in Music and Technology 2 Group Elective 2
CR_GMUST_9 Master of Science in Music and Technology 2 Group Elective 2

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