MUSC12375 - History of Film Music 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will study the structure of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s. You will analyse various primary source materials as you study the various stylistic changes that occurred with the film music and contextualise these developments within the important technological, social and political movements of this period.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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Term 1 - 2017
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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 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the principal stylistic characteristics of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s
  2. Analyse the aural characteristics of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s
  3. Contextualise the developments in film music within the important technological, social and political movements from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

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          

Prescribed Textbooks

Reel music: Exploring 100 years of film music
Author/s: Roger Hickman Year: 2005
Edition: Publisher: W.W.Norton
City: New York
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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  • 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 CoordinatorJason Smyth-Tomkins (j.smyth-tomkins@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

Topic 1: Exploring film and music

Chapters 1, 2

Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 1: Exploring film and music

Chapters 3, 4

Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 2: The silent film era

Chapters 5, 6

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 2: The silent film era

Chapters 7, 8

Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 3: The early sound movies

Chapters 9, 10

Written Assessment Due Monday (03 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Topic 4: The golden age of 1930s film

Chapters 11, 12

Week 7 24-04-2017

Topic 5: The War Years

Chapters 13, 14

Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 6: Post war 1940s

Chapter 15

Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 7: Film Music in the 1950s

Chapter 16

Written Assessment Due Monday (08 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 7: Film music in the 1950s

Chapter 17

Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 8: Film music at the end of the 1950s

Chapter 18

Week 12 29-05-2017

Topic 8: Film music at the end of the 1950s

Chapter 19

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Written Assessment Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Length: 1500 - 2000 words

Task: Complete a film music analysis of the Odessa Steps montage from Battleship Potemkim (1925). A link to the Youtube clip can be found on the Moodle course website. (Textbook reference - pages 94 - 95 and chapters 1 to 4).

Task description:

  1. Begin with a brief overview of the work of film director Sergei Eisenstein and his innovations in film technique.
  2. Describe the term 'montage', and how this is demonstrated in this film sequence - the Odessa Steps montage.
  3. Provide a brief synopsis of the film and where this scene comes.
  4. Create a plot and music cue list to describe the events in the film clip (the Odessa Steps montage) and the type of music used. You may use the template from page 81 of the textbook and download here.
  5. Discuss how the musical elements are used with this film clip (the Odessa Steps montage). Using specific examples from the plot and music cue list, consider how the choice of instruments, tempo, volume, rhythm, dissonance are used to:
    • establish the varying moods of the montage
    • support the plot and the various plot changes
    • establish character
  6. You may use your own words to describe the musical elements, but be as precise as possible.
  7. Include a reference list and use in-text referencing to acknowledge your information sources.
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Monday (03-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Accuracy & depth of treatment of director profile - 10%
  • Discussion on the structure of the montage - 10%
  • Accuracy of film synopsis and identification of scene - 5%
  • Accuracy of plot and music cue list, & use of appropriate descriptors - 25%
  • Discussion on use of music to establish the mood, support the plot & establish character - 30%
  • Implementation of appropriate presentation and technical requirements - 10%
  • Correct use of academic referencing conventions - 10%
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

1. Describe the principal stylistic characteristics of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

2. Analyse the aural characteristics of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

3. Contextualise the developments in film music within the important technological, social and political movements from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Length: 2000 words

Task:

Write an essay to discuss the use of classical music in five 'talkie' films from late 1920s to the end of the 1930s. This is referring to classical music that has been included in a film score by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven etc. These pieces have not been written especially for the film, and were originally written for the concert hall.

For each of the five films, find one Youtube clip demonstrating the use of a piece of classical music, identifying it by title, composer and timing within the clip. Consider the following points:

  • What purpose does the music play at that point in the film?
  • How does the music inform the viewer about character, plot, point of view and mood?
  • For each film score extract discuss whether the music is diegetic or non-diegetic and how this alters its purpose in the film.
Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Accurate identification of five film clips and the classical music used - 25%
  • Appropriate discussion of the purpose of the music - 35%
  • Ability to synthesise information in a precise and relevant manner - 20%
  • Implementation of appropriate presentation and technical requirements - 10%
  • Correct use of academic referencing conventions - 10%
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

1. Describe the principal stylistic characteristics of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

2. Analyse the aural characteristics of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

3. Contextualise the developments in film music within the important technological, social and political movements from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Considering the period from 1945 to 1959, compare and contrast the way film music is used in each of the following film genres:

  • drama
  • film noir
  • thriller
  • epic
  • horror
  • romance
  • western
  • comedy
  • animated feature

For each genre:

  • Give specific examples of films and film music for each genre and find relevant Youtube clips that support your argument about how film music is used in that genre in various films and by various composers.
  • The examples can be either diegetic or non-diegetic music examples.
  • For each Youtube clip provide a Cue sheet guide that links the description of the action to the description of the music. You may not replicate any of the Viewer Guides that are provided in the textbook, but use these as a template for your own analysis.

For each film music example discuss:

  • What purpose does the music play at that point in the film?
  • How does the music inform the viewer about character, plot, point of view and mood?
  • How does this music link to the usual conventions of this film genre?
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After the makring of assessment
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
  • Appropriate introduction and conclusion - 10%
  • Appropriate discussion of the purpose of the music within each genre - 30%
  • Appropriate choice and discussion of film music examples - 20%
  • Ability to synthesise information in a precise and relevant manner - 20%
  • Implementation of appropriate presentation and technical requirements - 10%
  • Correct use of academic referencing conventions - 10%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Describe the principal stylistic characteristics of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

2. Analyse the aural characteristics of film music from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

3. Contextualise the developments in film music within the important technological, social and political movements from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1950s

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy




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