MUSC11405 - Language of Modern Music 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will be introduced to foundational aspects of the language of modern music as derived from both the western art-music tradition and contemporary popular music styles. You will study music theory elements covering introductory aspects of pitch, rhythm, pulse, tempo, articulation and expression. You will apply this knowledge in a range of activities applicable to this study.

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
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Noosa

Website

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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) 25%
5. In-class Test(s) 45%

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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More lessons during production period. Students On-campus students will have access to lessons and assistance during the intensive production period.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. 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
  2. Apply your knowledge of the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords to various introductory level music writing assignments
  3. Apply your knowledge of the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords to various introductory level aural-related tasks

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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)          

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)
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

Week 2 13-03-2017

Theory Topic 2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Theory Topic 3

Worksheet 1 Due Monday (20 Mar 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

Theory Topic 4

Week 5 03-04-2017

Theory Topic 5

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

Theory Topic 5

Week 7 24-04-2017 Theory Topic 6
Week 8 01-05-2017

Theory Topic 6

Worksheet 2 Due Monday (01 May 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Theory Topic 7

Week 10 15-05-2017

Theory Topic 8

Week 11 22-05-2017

Theory Topic 9

Worksheet 3 Due Monday (22 May 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision

Aural Musicianship Due Monday (29 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
In-class Test(s) Due Friday (09 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

It is strongly encouraged (if possible) to purchase a monthly subscription for the music software Sibelius. This is a cost effective method of securing a quality music notation program for the unit assessment.

If you have any questions, please contact the Unit Coordinator, Peter McKenzie

http://www.avid.com/sibelius/how-to-buy

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Worksheet 1
Task Description

Due Date: Monday 20th March 2017, 11.30 pm

Weighting: 10%

The purpose of these music theory worksheets is to build your music theory skills through creative music-writing activities. You will need to complete these tasks using music notation software on your computer. The finished product should be uploaded as a PDF file.

Music notation software:

You can use any of the following software packages:

  • Finale Notepad (free download available here). This is the recommended software.
  • Sibelius. If you have already purchased this software and have a license to use this on your computer, you may use this software.

Presentation:

This worksheet is to be saved as a PDF file and submitted online through the course website. Details about electronic submission are available on the website.

Task:

Create 6 original 16-bar rhythm patterns using each of the following time-signatures:

  • simple duple
  • simple triple
  • simple quadruple
  • compound duple
  • compound triple
  • compound quadruple

Each rhythm pattern must include examples of:

  • rests
  • dotted notes
  • triplets or duplets
  • semiquavers

Assessment criteria

All assessment criteria are equally weighted:

  1. Accurate completion of each rhythm pattern.
  2. Inclusion of all musical requirements.
Assessment Due Date Week 3 Monday (20-Mar-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Moodle
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

All assessment criteria are equally weighted:

  1. Accurate completion of each rhythm pattern.
  2. Inclusion of all musical requirements.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

2. 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 Worksheet 2
Task Description

Due Date: Monday 1st May 2017, 11.30 pm

Weighting: 10%

The purpose of these music theory worksheets is to build your music theory skills through creative music-writing activities. You will need to complete these tasks using music notation software on your computer. The finished product should be uploaded as a PDF file.

Music notation software:

You can use any of the following software packages:

  • Finale Notepad (free download available here). This is the recommended software.
  • Sibelius. If you have already purchased this software and have a license to use this on your computer, you may use this software.

Presentation:

This worksheet is to be saved as a PDF file and submitted online through the course website. Details about electronic submission are available on the website.

Task:

  1. Create a lead sheet of one of your vocal or instrumental repertoire songs. The lead sheet consists of vocal line/melody, words and chords. It should also include all repeats, tempo markings, title, composer, lyricist.
  2. Transpose this song up a tone.
  3. Transpose this song down a tone.
  4. Present all 3 lead sheets as PDF files for assessment.
  5. Also upload a scanned copy of the original song from your vocal repertoire.
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Moodle
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

All assessment criteria are equally weighted:

  1. Accurate completion of each lead sheet.
  2. Inclusion of all musical requirements.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

2. 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 Worksheet 3
Task Description

Due Date: Monday 22nd May 2017, 11.30 pm

The purpose of these music theory worksheets is to build your music theory skills through creative music-writing activities. You will need to complete these tasks using music notation software on your computer. The finished product should be uploaded as a PDF file.

Music notation software:

You can use any of the following software packages:

  • Finale Notepad (free download available here). This is the recommended software.
  • Sibelius. If you have already purchased this software and have a license to use this on your computer, you may use this software.

Presentation:

This worksheet is to be saved as a PDF file document and submitted online through the course website. Details about electronic submission are available on the website.

Task:

1. You will be provided with a 16 bar chord progression

2. The rhythm will also be provided for you to use

3. You must add notes to the provided rhythms in order to create the melody

4. When choosing the notes, you must use chord tones (in any order or combination) that align with the provided chord progression


Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Moodle
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

All assessment criteria are equally weighted:

  1. Accurate completion of the piece.
  2. Correct usage of chord tones relating to the given progression.
  3. Degree of creativity in composing the melody.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

2. 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 Aural Musicianship
Task Description

For Mackay and Distance (Albury/Wagga Wagga/Bathurst).

Students will engage in a series practical/aural musicianship assessment tasks.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Moodle
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

All assessment criteria are equally weighted: 25%

  1. Accurate completion of all musical tasks.
  2. Inclusion of all musical requirements.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

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

3. Apply your knowledge of the basic rudiments of music relating to pitch, rhythm, keys, scales and chords to various introductory level aural-related tasks

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

Music theory test (45%)

This test will consist of music theory questions relating to the work covered in the topics of the course.


MKY & DISTANCE (Albury/Wagga Wagga/Bathurst): Class test schedules will be posted on the Moodle course website.
Distance students may sit their class tests (Assessment item 5- Music theory exam) on campus (either Mackay or Albury/Wagga/Bathurst) or may nominate an exam invigilator in their local location. Please see the Moodle site for guidelines pertaining to the examination procedures.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Moodle
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria

Accurate completion of all music theory tasks.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. 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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