Musicianship Year Two
Unit details for Semester Two
Unit of Study - Musicianship
The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.
|Unit Name||Advanced Melody & Part Writing|
|Unit Code||MUSHIP 202|
|Unit Description||In 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 Duration||1 Semester (12 weeks)|
|Year Level||Year 2, Semester 2|
|Unit Coordinator||Dr Matthew Field|
|Teaching Staff||Dr Matthew Field|
|Pre/Co-requisites||Satisfactory completion of MUSHIP 101 & 102|
|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 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.
On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:
- Create effective melodies for traditional and contemporary music styles clearly applying concepts of modulation and form.
- Craft compelling two, three and four-part melodies employing effective counterpoint techniques.
- Develop, research and evaluate melodic and harmonic techniques through collaboration, exploration and creative practice.
- Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various studied 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.
|• 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.
• 3-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 chord 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.
|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|
|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.
|Week 6||10%||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.
|Week 7||20%||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.
|Week 14||10%||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.
|Week 12||10%||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.
|Week 14||40%||1, 2, 5, 6, 7|
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 & Company Inc.
Evans, J. (2014). Exploring Theory with Practica Musica. http://agm-elearning.mywisenet.com.au/mod/url/view.php?id=13497 [login required], Ars Nova
Field, M. (2015). Music Foundations [Video series]. http://agm-elearning.mywisenet.com.au/course/view.php?id=172#section-4 [login required]
Murphy, P., Phillips, J., Marvin, E,. Clendinning, J. (2016). The Musicians Guide to Aural Skills, (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company Inc.
|#||Course Learning Outcomes|
On completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:
|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||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|2||A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation||1, 2||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||1a, 1d|
|6||Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study||3||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||1, 2||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|2||The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways||2, 3, 4, 5||5, 7||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|
|3||A commitment to lifelong learning||3, 4, 5||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||3, 4||4||1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f|