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MUSC8071 - Song Writing 1

Title:Song Writing 1
Long Title:Song Writing 1
Module Code:MUSC8071
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: The first in a series of modules looking at the practical considerations of songwriting. The constituent elements of songwriting such as harmony, lyrics, form are discussed, with reference to specific songwriters/songs. Weekly submissions based on these elements facilitate the student's active engagement with the songwriting process. The practicalities and considerations of a live original music performance are discussed, such as advertising and promotion, venue considerations. The module culminates in a performance by the student of original material.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 List, identify and discuss the constituent musical parts of a typical pop song
LO2 Demonstrate the acquisition of specific stylistic nuances, based on the study of specified songs/songwriters
LO3 Demonstrate typical lyric writing techniques and their use in songwriting
LO4 Adequately advertise and promote a concert of original songs
LO5 Present in a live context a short concert of original songs
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
Songwriting elements
An exploration of songwriting elements such as form, instrumentation, rhythmic concepts, harmony, lyrics and rhyming schemes. Additionally, specific songwriters and their use of the above elements is examined
A performance of original material
Continuous assessment
Each individual student in monitored on a weekly basis. The continuous assessment mark is comprised of attendance and participation in the lab, as well as the quality of weekly submissions required by the module
Advertising and promotion
The considerations of concert advertising, such as posters/ flyers etc
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Continuous assessment of songwriting as outlined in the indicative content 1,2,3,4 40.0 Every Week
Performance Evaluation Performance of original songs 3,5 45.0 Sem End
Other Advertising and promotion of performance 4 15.0 Sem End
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
Lab Songwriting lab 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 6.0 Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Jimmy Webb 1998, Tunesmith, Hyperion New York [ISBN: 978-0786884889]
  • Jack Perricone 2000, Melody in Songwriting: Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs (Berklee Guide), Berklee Press [ISBN: 978-0634006388]
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 5 Elective

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