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MUSC7020 - Popular Musicianship 3

Title:Popular Musicianship 3
Long Title:Popular Musicianship 3
Module Code:MUSC7020
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: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: KARL ROONEY
Module Description: This module combines harmony, ear training and auxiliary instrumental studies. Harmonic analysis will show the student how to identify and notate diatonic chord progressions. The pentatonic scale and its application will be discussed along with the techniques used to notate bass and drum parts. Auxiliary instrumental skills will be developed to intermediate standard through study of scales/rudiments, studies and sight reading. Aural skills will focus on the notation by ear of diatonic chord progressions.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and notate diatonic chord progressions
LO2 Notate short passages for bass and drums in a typical rhythm section chart using appropriate techniques
LO3 Notate and explain the use of pentatonic scale in popular music
LO4 Display intermediate level auxiliary instrumental skills through the performance of scales/rudiments, two etudes and a short passage of sight-reading
LO5 Notate, by ear, an intermediate level short passage of music, outlining the diatonic harmony through use of chord symbols
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
An exploration of diatonic chord progressions, by analyzing a piece of music and identifying the diatonic chord changes contained within
The notational devices used in charts for bass and drums
The construction, use and theory of pentatonic scales
Auxiliary instrumental skills
Progressive study of Intermediate level auxiliary instrumental skills through appropriate scales/rudiments, sight reading and two etudes/studies
Aural skills
The notation by ear of a melodic line and the accompanying diatonic harmony. The harmony will be notated using chord symbols above the melody
Aural skills continuous assessment
Students will be marked on attendance and preparedness for each weekly lab.
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, evaluating progressive skills (scales/rudiments), two etudes and a piece of intermediate level sight-reading. 4 25.0 Sem End
Other Continuous assessment of music theory and aural skills as described by indicative content. 1,2,3,5 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. 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 1,2,3,5 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
Lab Auxiliary instrumental studies 0.75 Every Week 0.75
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.75 Every Week 3.75
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
  • Keith Wyatt & Carl Schroeder 1998, Harmony & Theory, Hal Leonard Corporation Milwaukee, WI [ISBN: 0793579910]
  • Steve Prosser 2000, Essential Ear Training for Today's Musician, Berklee Press Publications [ISBN: 0634006401]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Paul Schmeling 2011, Berklee Music Theory - Book 2, 2nd Ed. [ISBN: 9780876391112]
  • Dave Rubin 2009, 25 Great Classic Rock Guitar Solos, Hal Leonard [ISBN: 9781423468295]
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 3 Mandatory

Cork Institute of Technology
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