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MUSC12414 Language of Modern Music 4
Language of Modern Music 4
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General Information

Overview

Building on the work covered in Language of Modern Music 3, you will continue to study more advanced 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: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

This unit has a prerequisite of MUSC12413 Language of Modern Music 3.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Mackay
Online
Townsville

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluation data

Feedback

Revision of assessment items to align more closely with concepts covered in class.

Recommendation

Assessment items are to be revised to align more closely with concepts covered in class.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain more advanced theoretical principles of modern music as they apply to harmony, melody, music structures and style within jazz and popular music idioms.
  2. Analyse more advanced modern musical pieces with respect to harmony, melody, music structures and style within jazz and popular music idioms.
  3. Apply more advanced principles of modern music with respect to harmony, melody, music structures and style to create musical scores in jazz and popular music idioms.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Professional Music Notation Software (Sibelius, Finale or MuseScore recommended)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Peter McKenzie Unit Coordinator
p.mckenzie@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 1 - Bebop Language

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 1 - Bebop Language

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 2 - Minor Harmony

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 2 - Minor Harmony

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 3 - Minor Blues

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 3 - Minor Blues

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Worksheet 1 Due: Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 4 - Common Chord Progressions

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 4 - Common Chord Progressions

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 5 - Coltrane Changes

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 5 - Coltrane Changes

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Worksheet 2 Due: Week 10 Friday (25 Sep 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 6 - Turnarounds/Chord Progressions

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 6 - Turnarounds/Chord Progressions

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Music theory test Due: Exam Week Friday (23 Oct 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Term Specific Information

It is strongly encouraged that students purchase the music notation software Sibelius to complete the assessments in this unit. Sibelius can be purchased in full or by annual subscription. The Moodle unit site contains the relevant purchase/set up information. Any questions, please contact the unit coordinator Peter McKenzie: p.mckenzie@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Worksheet 1

Task Description

Worksheet 1 - Bebop Composition (20%)

You will compose two (2) bebop improvisations encompassing the soloing devices studied in this unit.

Composition 1: (10%)

You will be given a score (through the moodle unit website) to use as the template for the improvisation composition. For the first composition, you will be given pre-existing rhythms to write your solo from. The rhythms will be in the style of bebop. Accompanying these rhythms, the score will contain the chord symbols, scale and melodic device instructions written above each bar. You must combine the rhythms and harmonic choices for each bar, demonstrating your ability to write melodies with the correct harmonic choices. The moodle unit website will contain examples of how this it to be completed. This solo is one (1) form and you must complete the entire form.

You will be provided with the harmonic language to use in the first composition. This will be in the form of scale names or harmonic instructions above each bar.

Composition 2: (10%)

You will be given a score (through moodle unit website) to use as the template for the improvisation composition. For this second composition, you will only be given pre-existing rhythms to write your solo from. You must combine the given rhythms and harmonic concepts learnt in LOMM 3 & 4. This solo is one (1) form and you must complete the entire form. You must be creative with your harmonic choices. A list of solo’s will be provided on moodle as well as the topic workbook examples to help see how solos can be created.

A specific list of harmonic devices to be used will be provided on the moodle unit website.

You must submit:

  • Students will be given two separate composition templates to complete.
  • Students must complete this task using Sibelius or Finale or other notation software.
  • Each composition must be uploaded as a separate file.
  • Upload score as a pdf. file.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 11:59 pm AEST

Upload via moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Monday (14 Sep 2020)

Results will be made available to students on the Moodle unit website.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Criteria:


Composition 1 (rhythm and harmony provided)

1. 35% Accurate use of key bebop techniques including the ability to apply the given harmonic language with correct notes

2. 25% Ability to demonstrate understanding of harmonic and rhythmic cohesion (correct notes against beats of bar and quality of note choice)

3. 20% Degree of creativity with composing from given harmonic and rhythmic language

4. 20% Quality of score (including correct notation, rhythms, accidentals and all musical elements)



Composition 2 (rhythm only provided)

1. 35% Ability to use key bebop techniques including the ability to apply appropriate harmonic language with correct notes

2. 25% Ability to demonstrate understanding of harmonic and rhythmic cohesion (correct notes against beats of bar and quality of note choice)

3. 20% Degree of creativity with composing from given rhythmic language

4. 20% Quality of score (including correct notation, rhythms, accidentals and all musical elements)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload via moodle unit website

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain more advanced theoretical principles of modern music as they apply to harmony, melody, music structures and style within jazz and popular music idioms.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Worksheet 2

Task Description

Worksheet 2 - One Bebop Composition/Improvisation (20%)

Students will compose one bebop improvisation encompassing the soloing devices studied in this unit.

Students must:

You will be given one chord progression (available on the moodle unit website). The task will require you to compose two forms (two choruses/64 bars) of bebop improvisations using the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic techniques studied in LOMM 3 & 4.

You must submit:

Part 1 Composition

  • Students will be given one chord progression to write their solo on.
  • Use the bebop techniques studied in this unit and in LOMM 3.
  • Students must complete this task using Sibelius or Finale or other notation software.
  • Upload score as pdf. file.
You will be given a list of compulsory harmonic devices to be used on the moodle unit website.


Part 2 500 word discussion

Discussion on harmonic, melodic and rhythmic choices within solo. This discussion is a chance for you to justify you theoretical choices for the solos.
Things to include:

  • Detail each bar by outlining your harmonic choices and how the scale/device works against the harmony.
  • Detail each bar by outlining your rhythmic choices and how the rhythms compliment the harmony.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (25 Sep 2020) 11:59 pm AEST

Upload via moodle


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Monday (12 Oct 2020)

Results will be made available to students on the Moodle unit website.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Criteria:

1. 25% Ability to use key bebop techniques including the ability to apply appropriate harmonic language with correct notes

2. 25% Ability to demonstrate understanding of harmonic and rhythmic cohesion (correct notes against beats of bar and quality of note choice)

3. 20% Degree of creativity

4. 15% Quality of score (including correct notation, rhythms, accidentals and all musical elements)

5. 15% Quality of theoretical reasoning discussion


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Students will submit on the moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse more advanced modern musical pieces with respect to harmony, melody, music structures and style within jazz and popular music idioms.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Music theory test

Task Description

  • Music theory test (60%). This test will consist of music theory questions relating to the work covered in the topics of the unit.
  1. MKY: Class test schedules will be posted on the Moodle unit 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

Exam Week Friday (23 Oct 2020) 5:00 pm AEST

MKY students will undertake assessment on campus. Distance students will be required to nominate an assessment invigilator.


Return Date to Students

Results for each test will be made available to students on the Moodle unit website.


Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria

Music theory test 60%

  • Accurate completion of all music theory tasks.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply more advanced 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
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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Why is academic integrity important?

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