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MUSC8084 - Popular Musicianship 8

Title:Popular Musicianship 8
Long Title:Popular Musicianship 8
Module Code:MUSC8084
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: Harmonically, this final Popular Musicianship module deals with large chord voicings and the upper structures (or "other" triads/chords) contained within. Melodies are harmonized using these, and other, chords. An approved pop song is re-arranged for standard rhythm section by the student, using both rhythmic and harmonic devices. Aural skills involves the recognition of any chromatic note off a major or dominant chord. Auxiliary instrumental skills involves playing, and sight reading, on an auxiliary instrument in a live band context
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Notate and explain the construction of 6 part chordal voicings through reference to upper structures
LO2 Harmonize a given melody using major, minor and slash chord harmony with voicings up to 6 parts
LO3 Identify by ear and explain the harmonic function of any note off a major or dominant chord
LO4 Re-arrange a standard popular song for 4 part rhythm section
LO5 Demonstrate fluency on an appropriate auxiliary instrument in a live ensemble setting, containing both rehearsed and unseen material
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.
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Co-requisite Modules
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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.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Upper structures: the identification of "chords within chords" and related theory. How to add upper structures through tensions, with the implied change in chord/scale relationships. The harmonization of a melody using acquired advanced level harmonic concepts - slash chords and chords from the major and minor scale. The re-arrangement of a popular, approved "standard" song, utilizing the techniques outlined above.
Ear training
The identification by ear of any note (chromatically, not diatonically speaking) off a dominant chord, expressing the answer using numbers rather than letter names, as this is not perfect pitch. This skill draws together both harmonic and aural awareness and fosters a high degree of relative pitch in an harmonically advanced setting.
Auxiliary instrumental studies
The demonstration in a live setting of fluency, with the addition of sight reading; unseen material will also be performed.
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 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
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
  • Patrik Wikström 2013, The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud, 2013 Ed., Polity Press [ISBN: 9780745664170]
  • Ann Harrison 2014, Music: The Business, 6th: Fully revised and updated Ed., Virgin Books [ISBN: 9780753555705]
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 8 Mandatory

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