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MUSC6016 - Popular Musicianship 1

Title:Popular Musicianship 1
Long Title:Popular Musicianship 1
Module Code:MUSC6016
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
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 is the first in a progressive series of skill-centered modules. It provides intensive directed study in aural skills and an auxiliary instrument (note: for keyboard players, the auxiliary instrument will be drum kit; for non keyboard players, the auxiliary instrument will be keyboard). Aural awareness is developed in a lab setting, whilst the auxiliary instrument is taught in a group lesson context.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate basic technical skills on an auxiliary instrument
LO2 Execute a basic etude on an auxiliary instrument
LO3 Sight-read fundamental level short passages in time, on an auxiliary instrument
LO4 Recognize, identify and sing diatonic intervals up to an octave and triads in major and minor form
LO5 Notate basic rhythmic and melodic passages
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
Auxiliary instrumental skills
Students will acquire fundamental technical skills through the study of basic scales/rudiments (scales for keyboard studies, rudiments for drums). These technical skills will be applied to a basic etude. Additionally, simple sight reading will be addressed.
Aural skills
An introduction to basic aural skills. Students will acquire the skills to recognize, identify and sing all diatonic intervals up to an octave and triads in major and minor form. Additionally, dictational skills will be focussed on, specifically the notation of basic rhythmic and melodic passages
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 instrument exam, evaluating basic skills (scales/rudiments), an etude and sight reading 1,2,3 25.0 Sem End
Other Continuous assessment of the auxiliary instrumental skills of an individual learner in a group lesson context: based on preparedness and development of auxiliary instrumental skills. 1,2,3 15.0 Every Week
Other Aural skills continuous assessment. As described in indicative content 4,5 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 4,5 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
Lab Aural skills 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Auxiliary instrumental skills 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual Score Study and Skills Practice 4.5 Every Week 4.50
Tutorial Musicianship and aural skills 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Ross Ramsay 2005, Piano Essentials, Hal Leonard [ISBN: 0876390491]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Gilson Schachnik 2007, Beginning Ear Training, Berklee Press [ISBN: 0876390815]
  • Roberta Radley 2009, The Real Easy Ear Training Book, Sher Music Co. [ISBN: 978-188321761]
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 1 Mandatory

Cork Institute of Technology
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