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MUSC7004 - Core Musicianship Skills 3

Title:Core Musicianship Skills 3
Long Title:Core Musicianship Skills 3
Module Code:MUSC7004
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: Simon MacHale
Module Description: This module further develops key musicianship skills integrating perceptual and analytical skills in a performance-based practicum.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Perceive and identify key harmonic, textural and formal elements in a musical extract and contextualise them in a musical style.
LO2 Sightread, perform and memorise a range of songs and ensemble pieces.
LO3 Write in strict counterpoint in major and minor modes in three parts, adding a number of voice parts to a cantus firmus
LO4 Recognise a full range of musical instruments and their typical use in combination.
LO5 Describe the relationship between an instrument's structure and its tone and range.
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).

Core Musicianship Skills 2
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
Aural Skills
Listening to and analysing a variety of pieces both instrumental and vocal from the 18th and 19th centuries to develop a sensitivity to style and confidence in identification of key features. Enhancement of the skills of memorisation and inner hearing as a subtext of learning in all areas of the course. Continuing development of sightsinging through a repertoire of solo and ensemble works to enhance the development of perceptual and reproductive skills
Analysis and Compositional Techniques
An introduction to the techniques of writing strict counterpoint in major and minor modes in three parts, employing the resources of strict counterpoint in adding various voice parts to a Cantus Firmus
A review of the major instruments of the Western tradition from medieval times to present including instruments of selected ethnic traditions. This encompasses an introduction to examples of score layout including conventions such as transposition.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work80.00%
End of Module Formal Examination20.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Performance/skills evaluation: aural skills 1,2 30.0 Every Second Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Organology - written tests 4,5 30.0 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Assessment of written contrapuntal skills through short take-home exercises 3 20.0 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3 20.0 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
Tutorial Aural Skills 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Analysis and Compositional Skills 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Analysis and Compositional Skills 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Lecture Organology 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Practical and written exercises 3.5 Every Week 3.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bowman, David and PaulTerry 1993, Aural Matters, ED 12430 Ed., Schott London [ISBN: 0 946535 22 1]
  • Cutts, Alan, Course manual, available from the lecturer
  • Schubert, Peter 2007, Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style, 2nd Ed. Ed., Oxford University Press USA [ISBN: 0195331]
  • Piston, Walter 1984, Counterpoint, Victor Gollancz Ltd London
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jersild, Jorgen 1980, Advanced Rhythmic Studies - Polyrhythmic, Chester Music London [ISBN: NA]
  • Pratt, George 1998, Aural Awareness, OUP Oxford [ISBN: 019879021X]
  • Wade-Matthews, Max 2002, Music, An Illustrated History, Anness Publishing London [ISBN: 1-84309-210-7]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 3 Mandatory

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