Musicianship Year One
Unit details for Semester Two.
Unit of Study - Musicianship 102
The following applies to Year One Bachelor of Music students.
|Unit Name||Foundations of Melody and Part Writing|
|Unit Code||MUSHIP 102|
|Unit Description||In this Unit students will learn how to:
• Explore the theoretical foundations of traditional and contemporary Western music.
• Craft contemporary and traditional melodies.
• Create effective 2 part melodic works.
• Understand variations encountered in professional practice.
• Analyse contemporary music examples for conformity to or variation from standard practice.
• Clearly present musical ideas with notational software.
• Develop aural skills to identify and write intervals as well as contemporary styled melodies, rhythms and harmonies.
|Award(s)||Bachelor of Music|
|Unit Duration||1 Semester (12 weeks)|
|Year Level||Year 1, Semester 2|
|Unit Coordinator||Dr Matthew Field|
|Teaching Staff||Dr Matthew Field|
|Pre/Co-requisites||Successful completion of Musicianship 101|
|Credit Points||15 credit points|
|Mode of Delivery||x Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Intensive/block mode (where the unit or a face to face component is delivered in a block)
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
o Fast track
|Student Workload |
Delivery/ Contact Hours
|Number of timetabled hours per week
• Live Lecture Theory – 1 hour
• Live Lecture Aural – 1 hour
• Tutorial – 1 hour
• Personal Study recommended - 8 hours
Total hours per week - 11 hours
|Resource Requirements||• Computing resource requirements
• Fast and reliable internet connection
• Cloud Software
• Technical Help
|Resources Provided||• Moodle (included with registration)
• Noteflight (embedded into Moodle)
• Ear Master Pro (Cloud) [login provided]
• Moodle Quizzes (embedded into Moodle)
• Library resources (see prescribed or recommended texts below)
In Musicianship 102 students will gain fundamental skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary melodic and melodic part writing. This will be achieved through ensuring a solid and flexible foundation in the rudiments of music and then developing further study of melody and counterpoint through scaffolded and sequential learning tasks. Knowledge will be directly applied to creating melodies and counterpoint in traditional and contemporary styles with specific and clear requirements to demonstrate competence in key areas. Students will also develop their aural skills (‘inner ear’) and develop sight singing and rhythm skills as well as transcription skills applied to real world situations.
On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of music theory rudiments including variations they may encounter in professional practice.
- Compose simple and effective melodies for contemporary and traditional music styles.
- Craft two-part melodies employing effective counterpoint techniques.
- Develop, research and evaluate melodic and harmonic techniques through exploration and creative practice.
- Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various musical concepts are applied.
- Identify melodic and harmonic devices in diverse musical genres and styles.
- Vocalise intervals, harmonies, melodies and rhythms from selected examples.
- Transcribe rhythms, intervals, harmonies, progressions and melodies from selected examples.
|• Learn Counterpoint Species 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
• Error identification Counterpoint Species 1, 2, 3, 4
• Chains of suspensions
• Applying counterpoint techniques to 4-part writing
• Analysis of 2-part writing and other songs to identify use of counterpoint techniques
• Traditional melody writing
• Melody writing with melodic modulation
• Differentiating between modulations and chromatic passing notes
• Harmonising traditional melodies with functional harmony
• Adding ‘colourful’ chords to functional harmony (ie. Maj7, add6, add2)
• Longer form traditional melodies with multiple modulations
• Creating original traditional melodies and harmonising applying counterpoint techniques to all 4 parts
|• Reinforce foundational elements from MUSHIP 101
• Singing and identification of Dorian mode
• Sing chromatic scale
• Melodic sight singing based on 1st and 2nd species counterpoint
• Melodic sight singing with melodic modulation and more involved rhythms
• Sing V7, min7, Maj7 chords and inversions
• Melodic dictation with modulation and more involved rhythm
• Melodic dictation in 2 parts based on 1st and 2nd species counterpoint
• Identify chord progressions (including cadences)
|Assessment Type||When assessed||Weighting|
(% of total unit marks)
|Learning Outcomes Assessed|
| Assessment 1a|
Type: Active Learning 1
The Active Learning 1 assessment gauges the students’ active participation in the class and ‘non-graded’ coursework. These activities are not individually graded, rather students will gain a mark based on the evidence of their active participation with the class.
Students will receive an Active Learning mark based on a combination of:
• Completion of practice activities
• Weekly activities as set
• Engagement with the teacher
• Attendance online or live (including watching training videos)
• Forum posts
|Week 1 - 7||10%||1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Assessment 1b |
Type: Workbook 1
Workbook 1 is an open book assessment designed to ensure students understand and can apply the knowledge learned in this unit. Students may ask for help and access resources while completing the Workbook. They may also ask for their work to be reviewed with feedback from the teacher. The Workbook is very similar to the test that follows and is therefore designed to be excellent preparation for the timed test.
The Workbooks is to be completed fully online using the technologies employed throughout the course.
This assessment will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 5 weeks of the course.
|Week 6||10%||1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8|
|Assessment 1c |
Type: Musicianship Test
The Musicianship Test 1 will cover all materials from the first 6 weeks of the course. This Test will be similar to the previous Workbook but will be closed book and have a strict time limit.
|Week 7||20%||1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8|
|Assessment 1d |
Type: Active Learning 2
The Active Learning 2 assessment shares the same assessment criteria as Assessment 1a (Active Learning 1). See above for details.
|Week 14||10%||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Assessment 1e |
Type: Workbook 2
The Workbook 2 is an open book assessment sharing the same parameters as Assessment 1b (Musicianship Workbook 1). See above for details.
This assessment will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 11 weeks of the course.
|Week 12||10%||1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8|
|Assessment 1f |
Type: Musicianship Test 2
The Musicianship Test 2 will cover all materials from Semester 2. This Test will be similar to the previous Workbook but will be closed book and have a strict time limit.
|Week 14||40%||1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8|
Prescribed and recommended readings:
Online Resources (books/video)
A subscription to Oxford Music Online and to Grove Music Online which includes:
- The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed.).
- The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.).
- The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.).
- The New Grove Dictionary of Opera.
- The Oxford Companion to Music.
- The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2nd ed.).
Plus updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online.
A subscription to JSTOR Journals and books
A subscription to Lynda.com video tutorials
Marvin, E. & Clendinning, J. (2016). The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.
Evans, J. (2014). Exploring Theory with Practica Musica. Retrieved from http://agm-elearning.mywisenet.com.au/mod/url/view.php?id=13497 [login required], Ars Nova
Field, M. (2015). Music Foundations [Video series]. Retrieved from http://agm-elearning.mywisenet.com.au/course/view.php?id=172#section-4 [login required]
|#||Course Learning Outcomes|
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Assessments|
|1||A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|2||A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation||1, 2, 3||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|3||An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research||3||1a, 1d|
|4||The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings||3, 4||1a, 1d|
|5||Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills||3, 4||1a, 1d|
|6||Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study||3, 4||1a, 1d|
|7||The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|8||The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|9||The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.||NA||NA|
Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Course Learning Outcomes||Assessments|
|1||Deep disciplinary knowledge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||1, 2||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|2||The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways||2, 3, 4||5, 7||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|3||A commitment to lifelong learning||4, 5, 6||4, 5, 6, 7||1a, 1d|
|4||Effective communication skills for diverse contexts||2||4, 5, 7||1a, 1d|
|5||The capacity to work independently and collaboratively||2, 3||4||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|