MUSC6006 - Core Musicianship Skills 2

Title:Core Musicianship Skills 2
Long Title:Core Musicianship Skills 2
Module Code:MUSC6006
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2019/20 ( January 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: MARIA JUDGE
Module Description: This module develops aural, keyboard and analytical skills and provides an introduction to basic harmony and counterpoint.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Sight-read vocal and rhythmic pieces in one, two and three parts
LO2 Identify, reproduce and improvise on features of a given musical passage
LO3 Analyse simple pieces into their constituent elements
LO4 Identify the principal features of larger eighteenth-century forms
LO5 Harmonise simple melodies and basslines in major and minor keys using triads and their inversions, and utilise species counterpoint
LO6 Demonstrate proficiency in performing basic musical structures on the keyboard
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).

12326 MUSC6005 Core Musicianship Skills 1
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
Sight-singing, memory, aural perception, aural analysis of form, harmony and style characteristics. The harmonic basis of melodies: improvisation of melody over a given harmonic pattern, improvised countermelody.
Broad outlines of rondo, sonata, and sonata-rondo form, and detailed analysis of small-scale pieces.
Keyboard skills
The core focus of this area is keyboard harmony, supplemented by sight-reading, transposition, improvisation, figured-bass and score-reading
Harmony and Counterpoint
Employment of the resources of tonal harmony in the setting of melodies and bass-lines, and species counterpoint. counterpoint in two parts.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work68.00%
End of Module Formal Examination32.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Aural skills 1,2,3,4 30.0 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Keyboard skills 2,5,6 18.0 Every Week
Project Analysis - Short Answer Questions on aspects of Sonata Form 3,4 20.0 Week 7
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examinations Keyboard:12% Harmony & Counterpoint: 20% 2,3,5,6 32.0 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 Piano lab 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Aural skills 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Analysis, harmony and counterpoint 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Lecture Analysis, harmony and counterpoint 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Written exercises, practical work 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Kent D. Cleland, Mary Dobrea-Grindahl 2015, Developing Musicianship through Aural Skills: A Holistic Approach to Sight-Singing and Ear Training, 2nd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 9780415755211]
  • David Bowman, Paul Terry 1993, Aural Matters: a Student's Guide to Aural Perception at Advanced Level, Schott London [ISBN: 094653221]
  • Kenneth Simpson 1963, Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation, Legnick
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Sol Berkowitz, Gabriel Fontrier, Leo Kraft, Perry Goldstein, Edward Smaldone 2011, A New Approach to Sight-singing, 5th ed. Ed., Norton [ISBN: 9780393911503]
  • Allen Brings et al, 1979, A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, Norton, New York [ISBN: 0393950018]
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_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 2 Mandatory