MUSC12413 - Language of Modern Music 3
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Building on the work covered in Language of Modern Music 2, you will continue to study aspects of the language of modern music. Modern harmony, melody, music structures, genre specific devices and stylistic idioms are all studied with weight given to practical applications as well as theoretical and analytical work. Analysis and written exercises are used to develop a competent knowledge of the structures and styles of modern harmony and melody.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

This unit has a prerequisite of MUSC11406 Language of Modern Music 2.

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

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 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 60%

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More videos for the topic workbooks Student An increase in theory videos to assist in the course content.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the theoretical principles of modern music as they apply to harmony, melody, music structures and style within jazz and popular music idioms.
  2. Analyse modern musical pieces with respect to harmony, melody, music structures and style within jazz and popular music idioms.
  3. Apply the principles of modern music with respect to harmony, melody, music structures and style to create musical scores in jazz and popular music idioms.

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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        

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

Topic 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 2

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 3

Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 3

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

Topic 4

Week 7 24-04-2017

Topic 5

Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 5

Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 5

Written Assessment Due Monday (08 May 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 6

Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 6

Week 12 29-05-2017

Topic 6/Revision

Written Assessment Due Monday (29 May 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Revision

Written Assessment 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 Written Assessment
Task Description

Worksheet 1 - Swing Era

Students will choose TWO swing era jazz solos from the list provided on the moodle course site. Students are required to analyse the solos from the score, outlining the harmonic language used. You will specifically use the musical devices studied in the course workbooks.

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You must submit the following for EACH SOLO:

Part 1 Analysis

  • Mark on the scores your analysis - indicating where certain improvisational techniques are used.
  • Upload score as a pdf. file
You must complete the following tasks on each solo:
  1. Mark the note numbers against the harmony - example- 1,5,7,9,13 against the chord in each bar.
  2. Highlight repetitive rhythms or special use of rhythm/ sequences
  3. Highlight any unique uses of range on an instrument or specific techniques - bends or wails seen on the score.
  4. Mark the inversions or patterns used with the harmony. eg. If a melody uses 135 or 531 or 1235 of a chord etc.
  5. Highlight any approach tones
  6. Highlight any chromaticism
  7. Highlight any enclosures

Part 2 300 word discussion

In this discussion, you will need to comment on your analysis above. This must include theoretical reasoning - (discuss how and why the soloist used a particular device or technique).

Things to include can be:

  • Improvisational devices ie. mode and scale use
  • Unique/Interesting chord usage, arpeggio and extension use
  • Other harmonic devices
  • Use of rhythms
  • Technique on instrument
  • Upload discussion as a word doc.
Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Moodle
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Criteria:

  1. Accuracy of analysis 35%
  2. Ability to identify key improvisational techniques 35%
  3. Quality of harmonic analysis discussion 30%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit via moodle.

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

1. Explain the theoretical principles of modern music as they apply to harmony, melody, music structures and style within jazz and popular music idioms.

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

Students will choose two (2) jazz standards (songs) from a list provided on the moodle course site. Students must reharmonize the standards using the techniques covered in the course topics.

Part 1 Reharmonization

Using Sibelius or Finale, reharmonize the chord progression using the following devices:

  • Plurality substitutions
  • Tritone substitutions
  • Diminished substitutions
  • Sus4 substitutions
  • Secondary dominants

You must demonstrate use of each reharmonziation technique.

*Higher marks will be awarded to the most musically cohesive pieces - so try to experiment with the substitutions rather than just apply them where you see fit. A quality reharmonization must not lose the character of the original - but rather enhance it to create interesting colors.

Upload these reharmonizations as a pdf. file

Part 2 400 word discussion (per song)

  • Discussion on harmony choice with theoretical explanation for each substitution.
Things to include:
  • Detail each substitution and justify the use with theoretical reasoning.
  • Describe the balance of the subtitution in comparison to the overall piece. How does each sub compliment the existing harmony? Does the tonality of the piece change too much? Why did you choose that particular section of the piece to reharmonize?

Upload as a Word doc.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Moodle
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Criteria:

  1. Accurate use of plurality substitutes 10%
  2. Accurate use of tri tone substitutes 10%
  3. Accurate us of diminished substitutes 10%
  4. Accurate use of sus4 substitutes 10%
  5. Accurate use of secondary dominants 10%
  6. Harmonic cohesion and balance in reharmoniszation 25%
  7. Quality of musical score/lead sheet 10%
  8. Completion of discussion of reharmonization 15%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Upload to Moodle

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

2. Analyse modern musical pieces with respect to harmony, melody, music structures and style within jazz and popular music idioms.

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description
  • Music theory test. This test will consist of music theory questions relating to the work covered in the topics of the course.
  1. MKY: Class test schedules will be posted on the Moodle course website.
  2. Distance students may sit their class test (Assessment task 3) on campus (Mackay) 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 Results for each test will be made available to students on the Moodle course website.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Music theory test:

  • Accurate completion of all music theory tasks.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Class tests schedules will be posted on the Moodle course website. Distance students must supply the name and address of an exam invigilator to the Course Coordinator by the end of Week 5.

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

3. Apply the principles of modern music with respect to harmony, melody, music structures and style to create musical scores in jazz and popular music idioms.

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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