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MUSC7038 - Acoustic Guitar Accompaniment1

Title:Acoustic Guitar Accompaniment1
Long Title:Acoustic Guitar Accompaniment1
Module Code:MUSC7038
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2022/23 ( September 2022 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: Jonathan Scott
Module Description: This skill centred module enables beginner guitar students to develop their fundamental, technical, rhythmic and stylistic performance skills through the study of guitar accompaniment. Students develop their ability to learn independently and critically analyse relevant repertory.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Display consolidated fundamental instrumental skills through melodic, rhythmic and arpeggiated chordal playing.
LO2 Perform a stylistically authentic programme of song accompaniment
LO3 Apply fundamental technical skills to play a straightforward melody and chord sequence reading from a notated chord/lead sheet
LO4 Demonstrate musical sensitivity and awareness through the ability to interact with other musicians
LO5 Inform performances through critical analysis of relevant stylistic recordings
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
Core technique will be developed and consolidated through the study of: 1. Correct posture and holding of the instrument. 2. Correct hand positions. 3. Right hand plectrum technique, rhythmic and fingerpicking patterns. 4. Left hand legato technique. 5. First position chords: major, minor, dominant, diminished, and augmented. 6. Scales and arpeggios appropriate to the studied repertoire.
Study of a broad range of material addressing technical and stylistic challenges.
Group Lessons
Development of ensemble skills, with an emphasis on vocal accompaniment.
Study of stylistically appropriate notated charts. These will combine music notation and chord symbols.
Scales and arpeggios
Study of basic scales and arpeggios.
Repertory Engagement
Analysis of relevant repertory. This will range from early 20th century folk song to contemporary popular song styles.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of the individual learner within a group setting focusing on participation and weekly development of performance ability 1,2,3,4,5 40.0 Every Week
Performance Evaluation Presentation of technical studies, repertory performance, sight reading ability, scales and arpeggios 1,2,3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

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 Instrument specific group lesson 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual instrumental practice 6.5 Every Week 6.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Arnie Berle 1993, Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar, Music Sales Ltd USA [ISBN: 9780825625565]
  • Greg Horne 2014, Complete Acoustic Guitar Method, 2nd Ed., Alfred Publishing USA [ISBN: 9781470617790]
  • Mr Simon Pratt 2020, Beginner Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar, 2020 Ed., www.fundamental-changes.com (6 Feb. 2020) U.K. [ISBN: 1789331781]
  • Various, First 50 Songs You Should Play On Acoustic Guitar, Hal Leonard [ISBN: 1480398128]
  • various 2022, 100 Most Popular Songs for Fingerpicking Guitar, Hal Leonard (30 Jun. 2022) [ISBN: 1540027546]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Paul Simon 2000, Simon and Garfunkel Chord Songbook, Music Sales Ltd USA [ISBN: 10:0711985790]
  • Hal Leonard 2019, Bob Dylan Complete Guitar Chords/ Lyrics, Hal Leonard USA [ISBN: 10-1540051560]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • DVD: John Miller/ Stefan Grossman 2002, The Guitar of Mississippi John Hurt, Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop, USA

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 5 Elective

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