MUSC11394 - Music Language Studies 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will develop a knowledge and understanding of the materials of music derived from both the western art-music tradition and contemporary popular music styles. The unit integrates music theory, sight-reading and aural acuity elements covering introductory aspects of pitch, rhythm, pulse, tempo, articulation and expression. You will also gain introductory keyboard skills that relate to your musical development as singers.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mackay

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 10%
2. Written Assessment 10%
3. Written Assessment 10%
4. In-class Test(s) 10%
5. In-class Test(s) 20%
6. In-class Test(s) 20%
7. In-class Test(s) 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Extra music theory lessons during production period. Students Students will have access to lessons during the intensive production period.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Recognise aural aspects of pitch, rhythm, pulse, tempo, articulation and expression within a variety of music styles derived from the western art-music tradition and contemporary popular music styles at an introductory level.
  2. Sight-read simple rhythmic and melodic phrases derived from the western music tradition at an introductory level.
  3. Perform simple pieces and exercises on the keyboard at an introductory level that relate to your musical development as a singer.
  4. Complete music writing tasks using the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords as derived from the western art-music tradition and contemporary popular music styles at an introductory level.
  5. Apply your knowledge of the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords to various introductory level music writing assignments.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - In-class Test(s)        
5 - In-class Test(s)        
6 - In-class Test(s)        
7 - In-class Test(s)        

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy          
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - In-class Test(s)          
5 - In-class Test(s)          
6 - In-class Test(s)          
7 - In-class Test(s)          

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Finale Note Pad
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPeter Mckenzie (p.mckenzie@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Theory topic 1, Aural topic 1, Keyboard studies in class

Week 2 13-03-2017

Theory topic 2, Aural topic 2, Keyboard studies in class

Week 3 20-03-2017

Theory topic 3, Aural topic 3, Keyboard studies in class

Written Assessment Due Monday (20 Mar 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

Theory topic 4, Aural topic 4, Keyboard studies in class

Week 5 03-04-2017

Intensive production week - no regular classes - performance week

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Theory topic 5, Aural topic 5, Keyboard studies in class

Week 7 24-04-2017 Theory topic 5, Aural topic 5, Keyboard studies in class
Week 8 01-05-2017

Theory topic 6, Aural topic 6, Keyboard studies in class

Written Assessment Due Monday (01 May 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Theory topic 6, Aural topic 6, Keyboard studies in class

Week 10 15-05-2017

Theory topic 7, Aural topic 7, Keyboard studies in class

Week 11 22-05-2017

Theory topic 8, Aural topic 8, Keyboard studies in class

Written Assessment Due Monday (22 May 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Theory topic 9, Aural topic 9, Keyboard studies in class

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017
In-class Test(s) Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
In-class Test(s) Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
In-class Test(s) Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
In-class Test(s) Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Music theory worksheet - rhythm

  • Complete various music theory tasks as outlined on the Moodle course website.
  • Students will be required to use various music software programs to complete this task.
Assessment Due Date Week 3 Monday (20-Mar-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Monday (03-Apr-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria are as follows:

  1. Accurate completion of each music theory task.
  2. Appropriate use of music software to complete music theory task.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

5. Apply your knowledge of the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords to various introductory level music writing assignments.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Music theory worksheet - transcription and transposition

  • Complete various music theory tasks as outlined on the Moodle course website.
  • Students will be required to use various music software programs to complete this task.
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria are as follows:

  1. Accurate completion of each music theory task
  2. Appropriate use of music software to complete music theory task.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

5. Apply your knowledge of the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords to various introductory level music writing assignments.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Music theory worksheet - composition

  • Complete various music theory tasks as outlined on the Moodle course website.
  • Students will be required to use various music software programs to complete this task.
Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria are as follows:

  1. Accurate completion of each music theory task
  2. Appropriate use of music software to complete music theory task
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

5. Apply your knowledge of the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords to various introductory level music writing assignments.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence



4 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In-class Test(s)
Task Description

Sight-reading test

This test will be conducted individually.

  1. Clap a rhythm in simple time, 4 bars long
  2. Clap a rhythm in compound time, 4 bars long
  3. Sing a melody in simple time, 4 bars long
  4. Sing a melody in compound time, 4 bars long
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After examination week.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The following assessment criteria are equally weighted:

  • Accuracy and fluency of rhythmic sight-reading
  • Accuracy and fluency of melodic sight-reading
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Practical assessment

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Sight-read simple rhythmic and melodic phrases derived from the western music tradition at an introductory level.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking



5 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In-class Test(s)
Task Description

Keyboard skills test

Duration:15 minutes

Tasks

  1. Accurately perform various scales and exercises.
  2. Accurately perform the vocal warm-up exercises.
  3. Accurately perform one piano piece hands together.
  4. Accurately perform one piece from a lead sheet. You must also incorporate the rhythm and instrument options on your keyboard with this piece.
  5. Accurately sing and play a song. This may be a pop song or music theatre song. You will need to perform the accompaniment yourself while singing. The accompaniment may be in the form of chords or something more complex.

The level of difficulty of each of the above tasks will be negotiated with the lecturer. Students with ability to play the piano will be expected to perform at a higher level than beginners.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After examination week.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The following assessment criteria are equally weighted:

  • Accuracy of performing the Level 1 vocal scales and exercises.
  • Accuracy of performing the vocal warm-up exercises.
  • Accuracy of performing one piano piece hands together.
  • Accuracy of performing one piece from a lead sheet. You must also incorporate the rhythm and instrument options on your keyboard with this piece.
  • Accuracy of singing and playing a song.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Practical assessment

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Recognise aural aspects of pitch, rhythm, pulse, tempo, articulation and expression within a variety of music styles derived from the western art-music tradition and contemporary popular music styles at an introductory level.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking



6 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In-class Test(s)
Task Description

Music theory test

This will be a short-answer test on music theory concepts found in the Music Theory workbook for this course.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After examination week.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Accurate completion of all music theory tasks.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

In-class test

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Perform simple pieces and exercises on the keyboard at an introductory level that relate to your musical development as a singer.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking



7 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In-class Test(s)
Task Description

Aural musicianship test

This assessment will consist of a short answer test based on the aural musicianship concepts studied in this course.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After examination week.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Accurate completion of all aural musicianship tasks.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

In-class test

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Complete music writing tasks using the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords as derived from the western art-music tradition and contemporary popular music styles at an introductory level.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking




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