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MUSC7021 - Popular Ensemble Workshop 3

Title:Popular Ensemble Workshop 3
Long Title:Popular Ensemble Workshop 3
Module Code:MUSC7021
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
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 third in a progressive series of group workshop modules. It facilitates the student’s progressive practical engagement with popular music repertory in an ensemble setting. Students begin to apply their ability to critically analyse and independently replicate repertory in preparation for group workshops and ensemble rehearsals. Directed learning will focus closely on developing stylistic authenticity, rhythmic competence and sensitive ensemble interaction.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Utilise instrumental/vocal skills to perform a short programme that demonstrates an awareness of stylistic authenticity.
LO2 Perform standard repertory competently to a click track within an ensemble.
LO3 Demonstrate that critical listening has influenced the stylistic content of performances.
LO4 Competently navigate an uncomplicated, unprepared chart at sight within an ensemble.
LO5 Display musical sensitivity toward ensemble members during performances.
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
Ensemble Programme:
Ensembles collaborate to rehearse and perform suitable programmes that illustrate a developing awareness of stylistic authenticity – reinforced by directed and independent critical analysis of appropriate repertory.
Rhythmic Development:
Good time is the responsibility of every musician. Ensembles are introduced to playing in time with a click track as part of a group. Group metronome exercises, recorded midi tracks and tempo-specific reading etudes are utilised.
Emphasis is placed on regular group reading of notated ensemble passages and on the navigation of lead sheets in directed weekly rehearsals.
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 in the context of the progressive requirements of the module.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Sectional Workshop performance evaluating individual students' role within an 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. 2,3,4,5 25.0 Every Week
Performance Evaluation Popular Music Ensemble performance evaluating individual students' role within an ensemble – in the context of appropriate repertory. 1,3,4,5 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. 2,3,4,5 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]
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 3 Mandatory

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