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MUSC6017 - Popular Ensemble Workshop 1

Title:Popular Ensemble Workshop 1
Long Title:Popular Ensemble Workshop 1
Module Code:MUSC6017
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
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 group workshop modules. It facilitates the student’s active engagement with popular music repertory in an ensemble setting. It provides students with intensive directed study of the basic knowledge, skills and competencies required to function competently within a basic popular music ensemble. All students study the fundamentals of rhythm in a weekly “Sectional Workshop” class. All students also attend “Popular Music Ensemble” where they perform in a full band context.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Apply basic musicianship knowledge within an ensemble setting.
LO2 Apply basic instrumental/vocal skills within an ensemble setting.
LO3 Display ability to listen to other musicians as a fundamental requirement of ensemble.
LO4 Satisfy the individual’s responsibility to other ensemble members through punctuality and preparation.
LO5 Successfully present a short programme of basic repertory as part an ensemble.
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
Aural Musicianship Skills:
The ability to play by ear is introduced and developed through directed group analysis of standard recordings – the role of each instrument will be introduced within the context of appropriate repertory.
Simple group reading etudes and lead sheets play a key role in directed rehearsals – laying the foundation for developing sight-reading ability.
Ensemble Skills:
Practical introduction of core ensemble skills including listening, musical interaction, rhythmic ability and peer collaboration.
Ensemble Programme:
Programme of suitable repertory that facilitates the developmental progress of each ensemble.
Individual Responsibility:
A shared understanding of acceptable behavior and code of interpersonal standards is discussed, implemented and monitored. Strong emphasis is placed on the individual’s responsibility to be a conscientious, punctual, considerate and active team member.
Continuous Assessment:
Each individual student is monitored on a weekly basis. Considerations such as attendance/ punctuality, participation/ interaction with peers, preparedness, development of ensemble performance ability and contribution to ensemble progress are all taken into account.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation Sectional Workshop performance evaluating individual students' role within a sectional ensemble setting - in the context of appropriate repertory. 1,2,3,4,5 25.0 Sem End
Other Sectional Workshop continuous assessment: Continuous assessment of the individual learner within the ensemble setting - as described in indicative content. 1,2,3,4 25.0 Every Week
Performance Evaluation Popular Music Ensemble performance evaluating individual students' role within an ensemble – in the context of appropriate repertory. 1,2,3,4,5 25.0 Sem End
Other Popular Music Ensemble continuous assessment: Continuous assessment of the individual learner within the ensemble setting - as described in indicative content. 1,2,3,4 25.0 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 Sectional Workshop. 0.75 Every Week 0.75
Tutorial Popular Music Ensemble. 1.75 Every Week 1.75
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual instrumental / ensemble practice. 4.5 Every Week 4.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Module lecturer, Specific ensemble repertory authored and compiled by the lecturer - accompanied by recommended listening
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]
  • Jonathan Dunsby, Performing Music: Shared Concerns, Clarendon (1996) [ISBN: 0198166427]
  • John Rink, Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding, Cambridge University Press (2002) [ISBN: 0521788625]
  • Louis Bellson, Modern Reading in 4/4, Alfred Music (1985) [ISBN: 0769233775]
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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