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MUSC6022 - Contextual Harmony 1

Title:Contextual Harmony 1
Long Title:Contextual Harmony 1
Module Code:MUSC6022
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 module provides a foundation in basic harmonic and notational skills encountered in popular music and an overview of popular music history. Notational skills will include clefs, pitches, rhythmic values etc. Harmonically, the module focuses on the enharmonic expression of chords, i.e. chord symbols and their application. The history lectures in the module contextualise the skills learning and focus on providing a broad overview of the last one hundred years of popular music history.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a knowledge and application of the rudiments of music
LO2 Analyse simple pieces of music into their constituent harmonic elements
LO3 Identify basic chords and reproduce them enharmonically
LO4 Recognise and describe the stylistic features of music from different genres and decades of the 20th century
LO5 Locate key figures, works and genres in the music and culture of the period
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
An introduction to basic notational devices, such as clefs and the stave, pitches on the stave and how to write different rhythmic note values.
An introduction to basic chords (such as triads), the symbols used to denote these chords and their application
Popular Music History
An overview of fundamental popular music history of the last one hundred years
Genre and stylistic awareness
Recognize and identify key stylistic devices commonly found in the popular music of the period(s)
Continuous assessment
Each individual student is monitored on a weekly basis. The mark is comprised of attendance and preparedness.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Continuous assessment of harmony and notational skills, as outlined in the indicative content 1,2,3 20.0 Week 8
Other Continuous assessment of history as detailed in the indicative content 4,5 40.0 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 and notational skills lecture 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial Harmony tutorial 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Lecture History lecture 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial History Tutorial 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Glenn Appell, David Hemphill 2006, American popular music, Thomson/Wadsworth Belmont, CA [ISBN: 0155062298]
  • Mark Levine 1995, The Jazz Theory Book, 1, Sher Music [ISBN: 1883217040]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Elizabeth West Marvin 2010, The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis, 2nd Ed., W.W. Norton & Company [ISBN: 978-039393081]
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 1 Mandatory

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