Musicianship Year Three

Unit of Study - Musicianship 302

The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit NameMusicianship 302: 20th-Century Harmonic Innovations
Unit CodeMUSHIP 302
Unit DescriptionIn this Unit students will:
• Explore harmonic and theoretical innovations from the 20th Century including Serialism, Impressionism and Jazz.
• Present a capstone assessment demonstrating advanced and diverse skills in applying theoretical concepts to music analysis and creation
Award(s)Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration1 Semester (12 weeks)
Year LevelYear 3, Semester 2
Unit CoordinatorDr Matthew Field
Teaching StaffLecturer: Dr Matthew Field
Pre/Co-requisitesMUSHIP 301
Credit Points15 credit points
Mode of Deliveryx Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Ontensive/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 302 students will explore innovations in music theory from the 20th Century.  They will also present a capstone folio demonstrating command of theoretical and aural skills that equip them for professional workforce engagement in diverse and complex musical environments.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate command of advanced and 20th Century harmonic concepts.
  2. Demonstrate command of extensive melody and counterpoint writing including advanced structure, devices, modulation and form.
  3. Demonstrate advanced ability in complex rhythms and time signatures.
  4. Apply theoretical and aural skills to craft a selection of contrasting examples for diverse audiences.
  5. Evaluate music in their repertoire or in popular use regarding how various musical concepts are applied and communicate this in a clear manner.
  6. Develop, research, identify and evaluate advanced melodic and harmonic devices in diverse musical genres and styles, through collaboration, exploration and creative practice.

Teaching Outline

Year 3
Semester 2
Explore 20th Century theoretical innovations. Serialism, Impressionism, Jazz.
Capstone activities:
• Use class time to collaborate, discuss & workshop ideas and students’ work.
• Revise areas as necessary.
• Students present to class on the progress of one of their works explaining their decisions and taking questions.
• Students make final presentation on Capstone folio explaining their decisions and taking questions from students and the Lecturer.
• Drill all interval recognition and singing for speed and accuracy.
• Drill all chord and inversion recognition for speed and accuracy.
• Drill all scale recognition for speed and accuracy.
• Drill chord progression recognition including all devices learnt.
• Complex multi-part melody dictations.
• Sight-sing and play parts of students’ Capstone folio work.

Student Assessment

Assessment TypeWhen assessedWeighting
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Assessment 1a
Type: Active Learning
The Active Learning 3 assessment gauges the students’ active participation in the class and ‘non-graded’ coursework. These activities are not individually graded rather a student will gain a mark based on the evidence of their active participation with the class.
The student 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 450 words)
Week 1 - 7 10%1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment 1b
Type: Capstone Folio
The Capstone Folio involves creating a series of works that allow the student to demonstrate technical and theoretical expertise in diverse and creative ways. The exact composition of the folios will vary by student as they will be permitted to construct the series of exercises based on their interests, while still demonstrating diversity.
The Capstone Folio requires demonstration of ‘substantial’ work combining a great diversity of the harmonic, counterpoint and technical skills studied, presented in contrasting styles and for diverse musical groupings. These do not need to be full compositions but may be treated as excerpts. Types of work may include:
• Write a contemporary song and present in lead sheet form with chords
• Write a work for string quartet -Write a set of variations
Set a verse to music and arrange for 4-part choir
• Write a song for a specific instrument with piano accompaniment if appropriate
• Embellish and complete a given work in contrasting styles
• Construct music for a movie scene
• Write a showtune -other as may be agreed
(equivalent to 2700 words)
Week 1260%1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment 1c
Type: Active Learning
The Active Learning 4 assessment shares the same assessment criteria as Assessment 1a (Active Learning 3). See above for details.
(equivalent to 450 words)
Week 1410%1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment 1d
Type: Capstone Presentation
The student will present their whole Capstone folio or parts thereof as required by the Lecturer. Students will discuss in professional detail their various artistic and harmonic decisions giving reference to where they have used specific devices and whether their usage conforms with historical practice or diverges from it.
The presenter is to intelligently answer questions related to their work from the Lecturer, and where appropriate from students. The presenter should take this opportunity to expound upon their knowledge and skills to demonstrate a professional understanding of the subject matter and highlight their skill in implementing various devices.
(equivalent to 900 words)
Week 1420%1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Prescribed and Recommended Reading

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]

Grybaitis, G., Forscutt, C., Leckie, A., & Norton, B. (2006). Theory of music textbook for all levels. Melbourne: AGME

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
1A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 62a, 2b, 2c, 2d
2A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 62a, 2b, 2c, 2d
3An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research5, 62a, 2c
4The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings5, 62a, 2b, 2c, 2d
5Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills1, 2, 3, 4, 62a, 2b, 2c, 2d
6Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study4, 5, 62a, 2c, 2d
7The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 62a, 2b, 2c, 2d
8The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 62a, 2b, 2c, 2d
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, 61, 22a, 2b, 2c, 2d
2The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways1, 2, 3, 45, 72a, 2b, 2c, 2d
3A commitment to lifelong learning5, 64, 5, 6, 72a, 2c
4Effective communication skills for diverse contexts44, 5, 72a, 2c
5The capacity to work independently and collaboratively4, 642a, 2b, 2c, 2d