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MUSC6019 - Contextual Harmony 2

Title:Contextual Harmony 2
Long Title:Contextual Harmony 2
Module Code:MUSC6019
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 develops analytical skills and explains diatonic major scale harmony (i.e. the 7 modes derived from the major scale and the related chords to each scale). Popular music history and key proponents of same from 1950 to present are also studied.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 List, describe and notate the seven modes derived from the major scale
LO2 Construct cadences using chords from the major scale
LO3 Identify and analyse the four-part chords derived from the major scale
LO4 Identify and describe the stylistic features of music from 1950 to present
LO5 Locate key figures, works and popular styles in music and culture from 1950 to present
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
An analysis of modal harmony; an explanation of the 7 modes (scales) and the chords that correspond to each scale; an introduction to chord/scale relationships and scalar choice and application in an improvised setting. The construction of cadences from chords taken from the major scale
An in-depth overview of popular music history from 1950 to present, referencing key artists, styles etc
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 theory 1,2,3 20.0 Every Week
Other Continuous assessment of history 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 lecture 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lecture History lecture 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Harmony tutorial 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
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
  • Mark Levine 1995, The Jazz Theory Book, Sher Music [ISBN: 1883217040]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Nick Johnstone 1999, Melody Maker History of 20th Century Popular Music, Bloomsbury London [ISBN: 0747541906]
  • Keith Wyatt and Carl Schroeder 2002, Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians, Min Ed., Hal Leonard [ISBN: 978-063404771]
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 2 Mandatory

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