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MUSC8079 - Popular Musicianship 7

Title:Popular Musicianship 7
Long Title:Popular Musicianship 7
Module Code:MUSC8079
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: KARL ROONEY
Module Description: The penultimate in a progressive series of skill oriented modules, dealing with symmetrical scales (whole tone and both forms of diminished scale). Melodies shall be harmonized using chords from both the major and minor scales, with implied modulations. Aural skills development will focus on the recognition by ear of common occurring slash chords. A transcription of a complex rhythm section passage shall be undertaken by the student, notating the harmony, rhythmic hits, specific bass and drum parts where appropriate and the melody. Auxiliary instrumental skills will culminate with the student performing on their auxiliary instrument in a live setting with other musicians.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 List and explain the construction of symmetrical scales
LO2 Harmonize a given melody with chords from the major and melodic minor scale
LO3 Identify by ear slash chords commonly found in popular music
LO4 Transcribe an approved complex rhythm section passage
LO5 Demonstrate fluency on an appropriate auxiliary instrument in a live ensemble setting
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
The theory of symmetrical scales- namely both forms of diminished scale and the whole tone scale. An exploration of the harmonic considerations that such scales (and construction) implies. Harmonizing melodies using chords from both major and minor scales.
Aural skills
The identification by ear of slash chords commonly found in popular music. A transcription of a complex passage for rhythm section
Auxiliary instrumental studies
The demonstration of acquired advanced auxiliary instrumental skills in a live/band setting
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
Performance Evaluation Performance on auxiliary instrument 5 25.0 Sem End
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
Other Continuous assessment of aural skills and music theory, as outlined in the indicative content 1,2,3,4 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 1,2,3 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

Supplementary Book Resources
  • George Howard; edited by Jonathan Feist 2003, Getting Signed!: An Insider's Guide to the Record Industry, Berklee Press [ISBN: 0876390459]
  • David Kusek, Gerd Leonhard; edited by Susan Gedutis Lindsay 2005, The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution, Berklee Press Boston [ISBN: 0876390599]
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 7 Mandatory

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