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MUSC8067 - Popular Musicianship 5

Title:Popular Musicianship 5
Long Title:Popular Musicianship 5
Module Code:MUSC8067
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: David Hayes
Module Description: This module introduces melodic minor scale harmony - the 7 modes derived from the scale and the chords derived from the modes. Additionally, students will learn how to identify natural or diatonic tensions (such as 9ths, 11ths and 13ths) off major and minor chords and transcribe a complex passage on their primary instrument.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and list the modes derived from the melodic minor scale
LO2 Notate a complex passage for four-part rhythm section
LO3 Identify by ear natural tensions off major and minor chords
LO4 Transcribe a complex passage on an instrument appropriate to his/her profile
LO5 Display advanced auxiliary instrumental skills through the performance of scales/rudiments, three etudes and a short passage of sight-reading
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
Melodic minor scale modes and harmony
An exploration of more complex notational devices used for rhythm section notation
Aural skills
The identification of natural tension off chords, such as 9ths 11ths and 13ths (all natural and off major and dominant chords)
The transcription of an approved piece of music for one instrument appropriate to profile
Auxiliary instrumental skills
Advanced level auxiliary instrumental studies, requiring the preparation of three etudes, scales/rudiments and sight reading
Aural skills continuous assessment
Students will be marked on attendance and preparedness for each weekly lab; additionally weekly skills evaluations conducted on a computer using the app EarMaster will be utilized.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Performance on auxiliary instrument 5 25.0 Sem End
Other Continuous assessment of aural and harmony skills, as outlined in the indicative content 1,2,3,4 20.0 Every Week
Other Auxiliary instrumental studies continuous assessment. Continuous assessment of the individual learner in a group lesson context: based on preparedness and development of auxiliary instrumental skills. 5 15.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 40.0 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
Lecture Harmony 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Auxiliary instrument 0.75 Every Week 0.75
Tutorial Harmony 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.75 Every Week 3.75
Lecture Aural skills 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.25
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Aaron Berkowitz 2010, The improvising mind: Cognition and creativity in the musical moment, OUP Oxford UK [ISBN: 978-0199590957]
  • Robert Rawlins & Nor Eddine Bahha 2005, Jazzology: The Encyclopedia of Jazz Theory for All Musicians, 1-8, Hal Leonard USA [ISBN: 0-634-08678-2]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Edward Sarath 2010, Music Theory Through Improvisation: A New Approach to Musicianship Training, Routledge New York [ISBN: 0415997259]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 5 Mandatory

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