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MUSC7023 - Popular Musicianship 4

Title:Popular Musicianship 4
Long Title:Popular Musicianship 4
Module Code:MUSC7023
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: AIVEEN KEARNEY
Module Author: KARL ROONEY
Module Description: This module introduces the concept of voice-leading in harmony. It also shows the student how to notate music for a four-part rhythm section and develops aural skills so that a short rhythm section passage can be transcribed by ear. Auxiliary instrumental skills and stylistic awareness are developed by the performance of 3 short pieces of repertory.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and notate voice-leading in four-part diatonic harmony
LO2 Demonstrate the devices used to notate a short passage for four-part popular music rhythm section
LO3 Display developed intermediate level auxiliary instrumental skills through the performance of 3 pieces of repertory, in time with a click/backing track
LO4 Inform stylistic awareness of his/her auxiliary instrument through critical analysis of appropriate recordings and the performance of 3 pieces of repertory
LO5 Notate, by ear, from a short passage of rhythm section music the parts for keyboard, guitar bass and drums
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
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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
Voice leading
An introduction and explanation of voice leading techniques; the semi-tone resolution of chord tone in one chord to the chord tones in another chord
The techniques used to notate an arrangement for four-part rhythm section
Auxiliary instrument
Acquisition of intermediate level auxiliary instrumental skills and development of stylistic awareness by working towards a performance of 3 pieces (ca. 2 mins each)
Ear training
The techniques used to notate by ear a short passage of rhythm section material
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 Auxiliary Instrumental exam 3,4 25.0 Sem End
Other Continuous assessment of theory and aural skills as detailed in the indicative content. 1,2,5 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. 3,4 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 1,2,5 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 lecture 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Aural skills 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Harmony tutorial 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.75 Every Week 3.75
Lab Auxiliary Instrumental studies 0.75 Every Week 0.75
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
  • Ted Pease and Ken Pullig 2001, Modern Jazz Voicings: Arranging for Small and Medium Ensembles, Berklee Press [ISBN: 9780634014437]
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 4 Mandatory

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