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MUSC13406 Language of Modern Music 5
Language of Modern Music 5
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General Information

Overview

Building on the work covered in Language of Modern Music 4, you will continue to study more advanced aspects of the language of modern music. These aspects will cover modern harmony and analysis, music notation, music creation and arrangement. There will be a particular focus on creating written arrangements for small contemporary music ensembles which feature a rhythm section.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
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 MUSC12414 Language of Modern Music 4.

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 1 - 2021

Mackay
Online

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: 20%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

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

The unit evaluations offered no suggestions for improvement.

Recommendation

Review all learning resources and assessment tasks with a view to improving the student experience.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse music scores with regard to harmonic and structural elements
  2. Create chordal progressions using various modern reharmonisation techniques
  3. Create music scores for rhythm section instruments in a variety of styles
  4. Identify pitch, rhythm, keys, scales, chords, chord progressions, melody and form through aural related tasks
  5. Create a music score for a small ensemble using various music arrangement techniques
  6. Explain decisions made during the creative process of arranging music for a small ensemble.
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 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Online Test - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Supplementary

Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age

Edition: 1st (2012)
Authors: Richard Sussman; Mike Abene
Oxford University Press
New York New York , NY , United States
ISBN: 9780195380996
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, you can purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Professional Music Notation Software (Sibelius reccomended)
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
David Reaston Unit Coordinator
d.reaston@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Module 1: Overview and Introduction to Arranging Concepts

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 4 and 6.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Module 2: The Rhythm Section

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 13.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Module 2: The Rhythm Section

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 13.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3: Melodic Concepts

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 7.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3: Melodic Concepts

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 7.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Rhythm Section Tasks Due: Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3: Arranging Woodwind and Brass Instruments

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 3, 8, 9 and 10.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3: Arranging Woodwind and Brass Instruments

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 3, 8, 9 and 10.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Analysis Tasks Due: Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3: Arranging Woodwind and Brass Instruments

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 3, 8, 9 and 10.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3: Arranging Woodwind and Brass Instruments

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 12.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Module 4: Arrangement Sections and Planning

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 11, 14 and 15.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Melodic Arrangement Worksheet Due: Week 10 Wednesday (19 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Module 4: Arrangement Sections and Planning

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 11, 14 and 15.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Module 4: Arrangement Sections and Planning

Chapter

Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. Chapter 11, 14 and 15.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Arrangement Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (11 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

To enable you to get the best results in this unit, I suggest you purchase Sibelius music notation software. This can be bought in full or on an annual subscription. This can be used to complete all the assessments of this unit, however, you will find this music notation software very useful for other units in the Bachelor of Music degree. For more information on how to purchase this software, please go to the links on the Moodle website or contact me, the unit coordinator, Dr David Reaston. Email: d.reaston@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Rhythm Section Tasks

Task Description

You will be required to:

  • Write for Rhythm Section instruments in a variety of styles.

Assessment Submission and Presentation

You must submit:

  • A score for each task as a PDF (.pdf)
  • A Sibelius file (.sib) for each task.



Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Task 1

  • Guitar part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (6%)
  • Piano part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (6%)
  • Bass part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (14%)
  • Drum part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (8%)

Task 2

  • Guitar part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (6%)
  • Piano part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (6%)
  • Bass part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (10%)
  • Drum part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (10%)

Task 3

  • Guitar part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (6%)
  • Piano part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (6%)
  • Bass part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (12%)
  • Drum part is written correctly and appropriate to the style (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload files to Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Create music scores for rhythm section instruments in a variety of styles


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Analysis Tasks

Task Description

Choose one piece from a list provided on Moodle and complete the following three tasks:

Task 1 Harmonic Analysis

Using analytical symbols and roman numerals, provide a harmonic analysis of the chord progression of your chosen piece. Write your answers on the lead sheet/score provided and make sure to include every chord. Upload your analysis as a PDF (.pdf).

Task 2 Melodic Analysis

Provide a melodic analysis of your chosen piece. Your analysis should include the following parts:

  • (Part A) Each note of the melody should be labelled to show its intervallic relationship to the harmony (example – 1, 5, b7, 9, 13). This can be done below the stave on the lead sheet/score provided and uploaded as a PDF (.pdf)
  • (Part B) An indication of where motives have been used and developed throughout the melody. This can be done above the stave on the same lead sheet/score as Part A and uploaded as a PDF (.pdf)
  • (Part C) A 250-500 word written analysis—accounting for each bar/measure of the melody—which accompanies and details any significant findings in your motivic and melodic analysis. You may also like to comment on the melodic shape and motion. Use the melodic analysis in Chapter 7.2 of your textbook as a guide. Upload your written analysis as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx).

Task 3 Guide-tone Lines

Using the chord progression of your chose piece, create two different guide-tone lines over the duration of the piece. If your progression is 32 bars long, you will need to create 64 bars of music. Use musical notation software (eg. Sibelius) to complete your work and then upload your guide-tone lines as a PDF (.pdf).

Assessment Submission and Presentation

You must submit:

  • A harmonic anaylsis as a PDF (.pdf)
  • A melodic analysis (including Part A and B) as a PDF (.pdf)
  • A 250-500 word written analysis as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx). Your written analysis must use 12 point Times New Roman font; must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment; may use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly; and must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide
  • A score of your guide-tone lines as a PDF (.pdf).

*The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Monday (17 May 2021)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Task 1

  • Accurate use of analytical symbols (10%)
  • Roman numeral analysis accurate (15%)

Task 2

  • Part A of melodic analysis is complete and accurate (15%)
  • Part B of melodic analysis is complete and accurate (10%)
  • Part C Written analysis is complete and is an accurate reflection of the data (25%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style in part C (2.5%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements for parts A, B and C (2.5%)

Task 3

  • Guide-tone line is a complete and appropriate (20%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload files to Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse music scores with regard to harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic elements


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Melodic Arrangement Worksheet

Task Description

You will be required to:

  • Arrange melodies for 2, 3 and 4 horns in a variety of musical textures
  • Harmonise musical passages for 4 horns in a variety of mechanical voicings.

Assessment Submission and Presentation

You must submit:

  • A completed worksheet as a PDF (.pdf). This may written by hand on the worksheet and later scanned, or re- written with a music notation program such as Sibelius.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Wednesday (19 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Wednesday (2 June 2021)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Question 1

  • Part has been written in the correct range (3%)
  • Part adheres to harmony and creates interest (6%)
  • Demonstrates knowledge of voice leading (3%)

Question 2

  • Part has been written in the correct range (3%)
  • Countermelody is stylistically appropriate (8%)
  • Harmony has been well implemented (6%)
  • Demonstrates knowledge of voice leading (3%)

Question 3

  • Parts are written in the correct range (3%)
  • Demonstrates knowledge of voice leading (3%)
  • Alto sax part adheres to harmony and is stylistically appropriate (6%)
  • Trombone part adheres to harmony and is stylistically appropriate (6%)

Question 4

  • Appropriate reharmonisation of non-chord tones (6%)
  • Alto Sax part is written correctly (3%)
  • Tenor Sax part is written correctly (3%)
  • Trombone part is written correctly (3%)

Question 5

  • Appropriate reharmonisation of non-chord tones (6%)
  • Alto Sax part is written correctly (3%)
  • Tenor Sax part is written correctly (3%)
  • Trombone part is written correctly (3%)

Question 6

  • Appropriate reharmonisation of non-chord tones (5%)
  • Alto Sax part is written correctly (5%)
  • Tenor Sax part is written correctly (5%)
  • Trombone part is written correctly (5%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload files to Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Create music scores which harmonise brass and woodwind instruments in a variety of musical textures and voicings


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

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Arrangement

Task Description

Arrangement with discussion

You are to produce an arrangement for small jazz/contemporary ensemble (3-4 horns + rhythm section). The arrangement will be of a piece of your choosing from a list provided on the Moodle website. The arrangement may be in any of the styles covered in this unit.

The arrangement must include:

  • A variety of harmonic voicings and textures
  • An introduction
  • A statement of the melody
  • A transition/kicker
  • A solo section with background parts
  • A coda

An example of an arrangement for 3-4 horns could include trumpet, alto and/or tenor saxophone and trombone.

In addition, you are to submit a 800-1,000 word discussion* on your arrangement. In your discussion, be sure to include:

  • Your arranging process
  • An explanation what kinds of voicings and textures you used, and where and why you used them
  • Your approach to writing your introduction and ending
  • Your approach to writing background figures

Assessment submission and presentation

You must submit:

  • A Sibelius file or mp3 or wav file of your arrangement
  • A score of your arrangement as a PDF (.pdf)
  • Individual parts of your arrangement as (.pdf)'s. They are to be created on a music notation program (e.g. Sibelius)
  • An 800-1000 word discussion of your arrangement as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) which (1) must use 12 point Times New Roman font; (2) must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment; and (3) may use sub- headings to organise your assignment clearly Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.

*The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Friday (11 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Assessment to be returned at the end of the Term.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Arrangement

  • Instrumental writing is effective and correct (22%)
  • Arrangement displays coherence and unity (15%)
  • Arrangement displays a variety voicings and textures (5%)
  • Introduction is present and effective (5%)
  • Statement of the melody is present and effective (8%)
  • Transition/kicker is present and effective (5%)
  • Solo section and background parts are present and effective (5%)
  • Coda is present and effective (5%)
  • The score is laid out in a professional manner (5%)
  • Parts are laid out in a professional manner (5%)

Written Discussion

  • Discussion is considered, reflective, and complete (15%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (2.5%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, word count*, style guide) (2.5%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload files to Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Create a music score for a small ensemble using various music arrangement techniques
  • Explain decisions made during the creative process of arranging music for a small ensemble.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • 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.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?