Musicianship Year Two

Unit of Study - Musicianship 202

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit NameAdvanced Melody & Part Writing
Unit CodeMUSHIP 202
Unit DescriptionIn this Unit students will:
• Write extensive melodies with modulations.
• Craft multi-part melodic work demonstrating advanced counterpoint techniques.
• Analyse musical works to reveal conformity with or variation from standard practice.
• Clearly present their music ideas with notational software.
• Extend aural skills to include singing and transcribing complex melodies, melodic modulations and complex rhythms.
Award(s)Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration1 Semester (12 weeks)
Year LevelYear 2, Semester 2
Unit CoordinatorDr Matthew Field
Teaching StaffLecturer: Dr Matthew Field
Credit Points15 credit points
Mode of Deliveryx 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)
x Full-time
x Part-time
o External
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)

Unit Aims

In Musicianship 202 students will extend their skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary Western music theory by building in a scaffolded and sequential way on the Year 1 foundation.  MUSHIP 202 will extend the study of melody and counterpoint to include multiple modulations, free counterpoint and a broader technical and harmonic language.  Knowledge will be directly applied to creating extensive melodies and counterpoint to demonstrate competence in key areas.  Students will also extend their aural skills to a high level and apply that knowledge to reflect real world applications.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Create effective melodies for traditional and contemporary music styles clearly applying concepts of modulation and form.
  2. Craft compelling two, three and four-part melodies employing effective counterpoint techniques.
  3. Develop, research and evaluate melodic and harmonic techniques through collaboration, exploration and creative practice.
  4. Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various studied musical concepts are applied.
  5. Identify melodic and harmonic devices in diverse musical genres and styles.
  6. Vocalise intervals, harmonies, melodies and rhythms from selected examples.
  7. Transcribe rhythms, intervals, harmonies, progressions and melodies from selected examples.

Teaching Outline

Year 2
Semester 2
• Revise Counterpoint Species Foundations
• Review part writing in contemporary practice to identify commonality and variation from traditional practice
• Learn Free Counterpoint in traditional style
• Advance Counterpoint skills: identifying hidden errors
• Three-part Counterpoint
• Blending traditional and contemporary melodic techniques with modulation and advanced harmonic outlines
• Extensive analysis of published works to identify devices and techniques; conformity and variation of practice in different style and time periods
• Capstone Training: Combining advanced melody-writing skills, Free Counterpoint skills, advanced rhythmic skills, modulation and advanced harmony skills together to construct compelling music for traditional and contemporary music
• Reinforce key elements from Semester 1
• Sight-sing multi-part melodies, including dissonance, using outline of Counterpoint Species 3, 4 & 5
• Two-part melodic dictation using outline of Counterpoint Species 3, 4, & 5
• Melodic dictations variously in 2 notated parts (melody & bass-line) and melody with chord symbols to include common progressions, suspensions, passing notes, modal mixture, Applied V
• Sight-singing and melodic dictation of 1 part among 3
• Sight-playing multi-part rhythms
• Multi-part rhythm dictations including complex patterns and syncopation
• Identify and symbolise chords progressions including modulation, Applied V, modal mixture and wide variety of common chords and inversions
• Create spontaneous melody over chord progression. Transcribe
• Create spontaneous rhythm over given part. Transcribe
• Capstone Training: Combine skills to create and notate in lead-sheet style a song without, using an instrument or technology as a reference point

Student Assessment

Assessment TypeWhen assessedWeighting
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
(equivalent to 225 words)
Week 1 - 7 5%1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1b
Type: Workbook 1
Workbook 1 is an open book assessment designed to ensure students understand and can apply the knowledge learned. 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 Workbook is to be completed fully online using the technologies employed throughout the course.
Workbook 1 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 5 weeks of the course.
(equivalent to 900 words)
Week 620%1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1c
Type: Musicianship Test 1
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.
(equivalent to 1125 words)
Week 725%1, 2, 5, 6, 7
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.
(equivalent to 225 words)
Week 145%1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1e
Type: Workbook 2
Workbook 2 is an open book assessment sharing the same parameters as Assessment 1b (Musicianship Workbook 1). See above for details.
Workbook 2 will include aspects of all materials covered in the first 11 weeks of the course.
(equivalent to 900 words)
Week 1220%1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Assessment 1f
Type: Musicianship Test 2
The Musicianship Test 2 will cover all materials from Semester 1. This Test will be similar to the previous Workbook but will be closed book and have a strict time limit.
(equivalent to 1125 words)
Week 1425%1, 2, 5, 6, 7

Reading List

Clendinning, J. P. & Marvin, E. W. (2016). The musician’s guide to theory and analysis. (3rd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Required Software

  • Moodle (included with registration)
  • Noteflight (embedded into Moodle)
  • Ear Master Pro Cloud (login provided with registration)
  • Moodle Quizzes (embedded into Moodle)

Reference Materials

Exploring Theory with Practica Musica. (n. d.). Retrieved from [login required], Ars Nova

Field, M. (2015). Music Foundations [Video series]. Retrieved from [login required]

Murphy, P., Phillips, J., Marvin, E. W., & Clendinning, J. P. (2016). The musician’s guide to aural skills. (3rd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Course Outcomes

#Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:
Unit Learning OutcomesAssessments
1 A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 71a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
2A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation1, 21a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
3An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research31a, 1d
4The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings3, 41a, 1d
5Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills31a, 1d
6Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study31a, 1d
7The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 71a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
8The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices1, 2, 3, 4, 51a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
9The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.

Graduate Attributes

#Graduate Attribute
Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:
Unit Learning OutcomesCourse Learning OutcomesAssessments
1Deep disciplinary knowledge1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 71, 21a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
2The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways2, 3, 4, 55, 71a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f
3A commitment to lifelong learning3, 4, 54, 5, 6, 71a, 1d
4Effective communication skills for diverse contexts24, 5, 71a, 1d
5The capacity to work independently and collaboratively3, 441a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f