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MUSC8091 - Song Writing 3

Title:Song Writing 3
Long Title:Song Writing 3
Module Code:MUSC8091
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 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: AIVEEN KEARNEY
Module Author: KARL ROONEY
Module Description: This module equips the student with composer- and era-specific tools with which to compose their own original songs. Through the exploration of specific musical devices such as harmony, form, lyrics and melody, the student will compile and perform a portfolio of original compositions, written to a specific brief.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the musical features of songs from prescribed eras
LO2 Compose songs to a specific stylistic brief, utilising harmonic, structural, lyrical and melodic devices appropriate to the era
LO3 Assemble original compositions in a stylistically expansive portfolio
LO4 Perform original compositions in a context sympathetic to the style of the song
LO5 Discuss the relevant biographical features and career paths of specified songwriters
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).

12919 MUSC8077 Song Writing 2
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
Songwriting techniques
An exploration of era-and songwriter-specific techniques, such as harmonic and lyrical contexts, structural and melodic devices
A weekly developing portfolio of original songs written to a specific brief
A stylistically and appropriately nuanced performance of original songs
Continuous asssessment
Weekly evaluation of the learner
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work70.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other A portfolio of original compositions 3 30.0 Week 8
Performance Evaluation A performance of original compositions 4 20.0 Sem End
Other Continuous assessment of the student within the group setting: focusing on attendance, participation, preparedness and the weekly development of songwriting skills 1,2,3,5 20.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,5 30.0 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 Songwriting lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 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
  • Rikky Rooksby 2011, The Songwriting Sourcebook: How to Turn Chords into Great Songs, Fully Updated and Expanded Ed., All, Hal Leonard Corporation [ISBN: 0879309598]
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 7 Elective

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