MUSPMACT 1512 - Popular Music Theory 1B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course continues the development of notational, theoretical and analytical skills with an emphasis on popular music. Tutorial starts with the recognition of clefs and key signatures, intervals, chords and tonal harmony, simple and compound rhythm and diatonic voice leading and students examine the principles of theory and progress through the study of the development of tonal and non-tonal theory in Western music. Students learn the theoretical aspects of music making while developing the key skills in music literacy and harmonic analysis that are integral to contemporary music practice. Aural skills concentrates on honing secure listening and reading skills. Keyboard workshop develops skills centred on the practical application of theoretical and compositional content.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSPMACT 1512
    Course Popular Music Theory 1B
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSPMACT 1511
    Restrictions Priority is given to music degree students but course is available to non-music students
    Course Description This course continues the development of notational, theoretical and analytical skills with an emphasis on popular music. Tutorial starts with the recognition of clefs and key signatures, intervals, chords and tonal harmony, simple and compound rhythm and diatonic voice leading and students examine the principles of theory and progress through the study of the development of tonal and non-tonal theory in Western music. Students learn the theoretical aspects of music making while developing the key skills in music literacy and harmonic analysis that are integral to contemporary music practice. Aural skills concentrates on honing secure listening and reading skills. Keyboard workshop develops skills centred on the practical application of theoretical and compositional content.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Luke Harrald

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Through successful completion of this course, students will develop:

    1) musical literacy, fluency in notation and principles of pitch and rhythmic organisation;
    2) skills in harmonic analysis;
    3) secure aural abilities;
    4) a foundation of keyboard skills to support the practical application of music theory concepts.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Class handouts and materials placed on MyUni.
    • Stereo headphones with a 6.5mm male adaptor for keyboard workshop.
    Note: these must be brought to class in order to use the Schulz 406 keyboard suite.
    Recommended Resources
    Reading
    Benjamin, T. Horovit, M & Nelson, R. (2008) Techniques and Materials of Music : From the Common Practice Period Through to the Twentieth Century. Thomson Schirmer, Belmont.

    Bryce, E. (1997) Harmony: a new bridge from traditional to jazz-related harmonic concepts. Noble House Publishing, Oakbank.

    Cooper, G. & Meyer, L. (1963) The Rhythmic Structure of Music. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

    Dorrite, F. & Jones, S. (2000) Essentials of Music for Audio Professionals. Mix Pro Audio Series, Mix Books, North Hollywood.

    Fitzgibbon, J. (2003) Popular Music Theory and Musicianship. Hazelmount Publishing, Fortitude Valley.

    Sturman, P. (2005) Harmony, Melody & Composition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

    Websites

    Free online music theory training.
    http://www.musictheory.net 
    *Also available as a paid iphone or ipad application.

    Free online ear training.
    http://www.good-ear.com 

    Software
    Auralia and Musition are available in the Schulz level 7 Computer Lab. Students may wish to purchase their own versions if they find these packages useful.

    Library
    The Music Library located in the Hartley building is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/branch/eml/ 

    Music Resources Guide
    The Music Resources Guide contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here too you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/music
    Online Learning
    This Course Profile, along with learning materials and assessment will be placed on MyUni – refer to http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course structure and content is delivered through a range of classes and materials. Class delivery modes include a weekly tutorial, aural class and keyboard workshop. The classes in this course use a format where students are presented with theoretical and/ or practical content through the theory tutorial. The theoretical content creates a topic framework that students will expand practically through the aural classes, and keyboard workshops. Students will also be expected to further expand the topics presented through using out-of-class resources in their own time. The resources will compliment, reinforce and extend the concepts presented.

    The classes provide students with an understanding of music theory and analysis that is applicable to a wide variety of contemporary music idioms; aural skills including sight-singing and critical listening; and skills in keyboard musicianship in order to support and improve their composing and song writing.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Theory Tutorial 12 x 1 hours per week  
    =12 hours per semester

    Aural 12 x 1 hours per week
    = 12 hours per semester

    Keyboard Workshop 12 x 1 hours per week
    = 12 hours per semester

    Practice 12 x 3 hours per week
    = 36 hours per semester

    Self initiated Aural Excercises 12 x 4 hours per week
    = 48 hours per semester

    Self initiated learning & research 12 x 3 hours per week
    = 36 hours per semester

    = 156 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary
    The course structure and content will examine the areas below through weekly theoretical and/or practical demonstrations and exploration. This list is intended as a guide, and may change in response to needs arising during the semester. Further detail regarding weekly content can be found on MyUni.

    Semester 1 Topics:

    Week 1 – Course Introduction and assessment overview
    Week 2 – Further Notation: Symbols, Tablature, Drum Notation, Charts.
    Week 3 – Cycle of 4ths, common chord progressions and cadences.
    Week 4 – 7ths, 9ths and suspended chords
    Week 5 – Rhythmic Notation, considering beats and grooves
    MID SEMESTER BREAK
    Week 6 – ASSESSMENT in theory, aural and keyboard classes.
    Week 7 – Alternate Scales
    Week 8 – Rhythmic Notation (2), odd meters – Analysis Assessment due.
    Week 9 – Non-traditional notation.
    Week 10 – Form (2)
    Week 11 – Common Musical Terms.
    Week 12 – Revision & Assessment (Aural and Keyboard).


    Learning Activities Summary
    Facilities Provisions
    This course will require that students rehearse outside class time. For individual practice, students may use the keyboard suite (Schulz 406). Please note that in order to use the suite, headphones with a 6.5mm jack are required. An adaptor from a 3.5mm jack may be purchased that will allow the use of ipod headphones etc. Software to help with developing student’s aural skills and musicianship is available in the Computer Lab on Schulz level 7 in the form of Auralia and Musition. Students have 24/7 access to this lab via their swipe card, but it is available on a first come, first serve basis and cannot be booked. Note that around assessment periods, the lab may experience very heavy demand, as it is available to students from all courses within the Conservatorium.

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Summative Assessment Summary
    Semester 1
    Name Type  Due % Learning Outcomes
    Ongoing Written & Practical Assessment  Summative Ongoing assessments set in class by the lecturer, TBA. 30 1, 2, 3, 4
    Theory Exam  Summative Week 15 40 1, 2
    Aural Assessment  Summative Week 6
    Week 12
    30 3
    Formative Assessment: Classes will contain embedded formative assessment through tasks such as quizzes, student presentations, in-class exercises and homework that will enable students to engage with the practical and theoretical concepts presented in order to complete their summative assessments.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Expectation & Penalty
    As per Conservatorium policy, active and positive participation in 100% of classes is expected, any student who attends less than 100% of required classes without approved leave may result in a 5 (five) mark penalty for each unapproved absence. The penalties will be applied to the final total percentage mark for the year for the relevant component i.e. after all other assessments have been completed and calculated. Arrival after the scheduled starting time or departure before the scheduled finishing time may, at the lecturer or Co-ordinator’s discretion, be regarded as an unapproved absence.

    Leave
    The Conservatorium recognises that extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. In such cases leave may, upon application using the leave form (available from the Music Office Hartley Building G05), be approved by the relevant staff member.
    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT
    Semester 1
    Name Detail
    Ongoing Written and Practical Assessments
    (30%)
    This assessment is split into two parts:

    Part 1 consists of a creative analysis assessment set in week 1 (10%)

    Part 2 consists of ongoing assessments through Keyboard Workshop (20%)
    Further detail will be available in class, and on MyUni.
    Theory Exam
    (40%)
    The Theory exam will cover the theoretical aspects of the course presented though out the semester in the theory tutorial. The exam will be 90 minutes in duration and will consist of 50 marks derived from short answer questions and 50 marks derived from multiple-choice questions.
    Aural Assessment
    (30%)
    Two Aural exams will take place in class in weeks 6 and 12, and be 50 minutes in duration. The week 6 exam is worth 10% of the student’s overall semester grade, while the week 12 exam is worth 20% of the semester grade. Student’s aural development will be examined through these assessments.
    Submission
    Assessments and Exams
    Students must be available during the identified University teaching, academic and examination periods. Students are not entitled to sit an examination or submit an assessment at another time, nor are they entitled to any other concessions if an examination or assessment conflicts with a planned vacation or special event. Results from assessments and examinations are usually sent to students via email and/or myUni.

    Late Submission
    Assignments which are submitted after the due date and time will incur a 5% penalty (from the assignment total of 100%) per day (24 hour period) for a maximum of 4 days (weekend days included). After this time the assignment will not be marked for assessment or feedback. Note – this does not apply to assessments where the assessment is conducted at a fixed time and location, such as an exam, practical test, performance or presentation.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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