MUSPMACT 2012 - Compositional Studies 2B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

A continuation of MUSPMACT 2011s introduction to more complex compositional and production principles, this course enables students to continue developing their creative and technical skills in composition and music production in a contemporary popular music context. Seminars deliver compositional techniques for more complex work including advanced considerations for arranging, instrumentation, electro-acoustic materials and approaches to a variety of contemporary genres. Use of the recording studio as a creative tool is also explored, blurring the line between composition and production. Tutorials will enable students to develop key skills of composers and producers including reflective practice, critical listening, conceptual thinking and oral communication skills. Workshops involve the creation of small-scale works centred on the practical application of the tutorial content.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSPMACT 2012
    Course Compositional Studies 2B
    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 2011
    Restrictions Priority is given to Bachelor of Music students but course is available to non-music students (by audition)
    Quota 28
    Course Description A continuation of MUSPMACT 2011s introduction to more complex compositional and production principles, this course enables students to continue developing their creative and technical skills in composition and music production in a contemporary popular music context. Seminars deliver compositional techniques for more complex work including advanced considerations for arranging, instrumentation, electro-acoustic materials and approaches to a variety of contemporary genres. Use of the recording studio as a creative tool is also explored, blurring the line between composition and production. Tutorials will enable students to develop key skills of composers and producers including reflective practice, critical listening, conceptual thinking and oral communication skills.
    Workshops involve the creation of small-scale works centred on the practical application of the tutorial content.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Luke Harrald

    Staff:

    Dr Peter Dowdall
    Phone: 83132270
    Email: peter.dowdall@adelaide.edu.au 
    Office: Schulz 11.09

    Dr Luke Harrald
    Phone: 83133402
    Email: luke.harrald@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Schulz 11.10
    Course Timetable

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

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

    1) An understanding of compositional and music production principles;

    2) An understanding of contemporary popular music idioms;

    3) Creativity and individuality as an artist, which enables student development of their own compositional voice;

    4) A cogent and quality creative portfolio in recorded and notated formats; &

    5) Time and project management skills relating to music production in order to manage creative and technical requirements and meet deadlines.
    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
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5
    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, 2, 3, 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Class handouts and weekly materials placed on MyUni.

    • USB 2.0 Stick or portable hard drive with enough capacity to store files associated with the course and formatted as HFS+ (OSX) or FAT (Windows – Do not use NTFS).

    • Stereo headphones with a 6.5mm male adaptor.


    Note – students must bring both their USB storage and Headphones (with adaptor) to university, as they are required for using the EMU Audio Suite.
    Recommended Resources
    Reading
    Beall, Eric (2009) The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell. Billboard Books: Crown Publishing Group, New York.

    Blume, Jason (1999) Six Steps to Songwriting Success. Billboard Books: Crown Publishing Group, New York.

    Braheny, John (2006) The Craft and Business of Songwriting. Writer’s Digest Books, F+W Publications, Cincinnati.
    Chase, Wayne. (2006) How Music Really Works. Roedy Black Publishing, Vancouver.

    Covach, John (2009) What’s that sound: an introduction to rock music and its history. 
Second edition. W.W. Norton & Company, New York. 


    Kachulis, Jimmy (2005) The Songwriters Workshop: Harmony. Berklee Press, Boston.

    Perricone, Jack (2000) Melody in Songwriting: Tools and techniques for Writing Hit Songs. Berklee Press, Boston. 


    Webb, Jimmy (1998) Tunesmith – inside the art of songwriting. Hyperion, New York.

    Wood, Clement (1936) The Complete Rhyming Dictionary and Poet’s Craft Book. Dell 
Publishing, New York.


    Websites
    Gary Ewers – The essential secrets of songwriting
    http://secretsofsongwriting.com/index.html 
     
    Rhymer – a free online rhyming dictionary
    http://www.rhymer.com 

    Logic Pro resources
    http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/resources/ 

    Celemony Melodyne – Polyphonic music editor
    http://www.celemony.com/ 

    Antares Audio Technologies – Auto-Tune pitch correction
    http://www.antarestech.com/ 

    Serato Pitch’n Time Pro – Time stretching and pitch shifting plug-in
    http://serato.com/pitchntime-pro 


    Drumagog – Drum replacement and enhancement
    http://www.drumagog.com/ 
     
    Vocalign Pro – Audio alignment tool
    http://www.synchroarts.com/ 

    Band-in-a-Box – Music generation software
    http://www.pgmusic.com/ 

    First Call Horns – Jazz, Big Band and Pop Horn Instruments
    http://www.bigfishaudio.com/detail.html?769 

    Spectrasonics – Virtual instruments (Stylus, Omnisphere and Trilian)
    http://www.spectrasonics.net/index.php 

    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 seminar, tutorial and practical workshop. The classes in this course use a format where students are presented with theoretical and/ or practical content through the seminar. The theoretical content creates a topic framework that students will expand through discussions and exercises in the tutorial, and practically through the workshop. 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 theoretical explanations of composition and song writing techniques; discussion of their creative and technical application in various styles and genres; and their practical application to creativity and production through supervised sessions using music technology.
    Workload

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

    Seminar 12 x 1 hours per week = 12 hours per semester
    Tutorial 12 x 1 hours per week = 12 hours per semester
    Workshop 12 x 1 hours per week = 12 hours per semester
    Reading 12 x 3 hours per week = 36 hours per semester
    Practice 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 is delivered through a range of classes and materials. Class delivery modes include a weekly seminar, tutorial and practical workshop. The classes in this course use a format where students are presented with theoretical and/ or practical content through the seminar. The theoretical content creates a topic framework that students will expand through discussions and exercises in the tutorial, and practically through the workshop. 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 theoretical explanations of composition and song writing techniques; discussion of their creative and technical application in various styles and genres; and their practical application to creativity and production through supervised sessions using music technology.

    Semester 2
    Week 1 – Pitch Editing: Compositional Uses
    Week 2 – Techniques for jingle writing
    Week 3 – ProTools editing to video
    Week 4 – Guest Artist
    Week 5 – Session singing
    Week 6 – Composing using modern mix techniques
    Week 7 – Manipulating drum tracks
    Week 8 – The producer’s role
    MID-SEMESTER BREAK
    Week 9 – Top 10 discussion
    Week 10 – Portfolio Consultations
    Week 11 – Portfolio Consultations
    Week 12 – Student Presentations

    Specific Course Requirements
    This course will involve using the resources of the Electronic Music Unit (EMU). This includes facilities such as studios, recording spaces and digital audio workstations.

    Access and use of EMU is based upon the following:

    Users must complete and pass the EMU Guide Assessment (EGA). In order to pass the EGA users must receive a 90% or above grade. Users will have a maximum of 3 attempts at passing the EGA before being prohibited from taking the assessment further. If a user fails to pass the EGA after 3 attempts, or doesn’t pass by the end of week 4 of the course, they will not be permitted to continue the course and won’t be provided access or permission to use any of the EMU facilities.
  • 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
    Workshop Assessment 10% (objectives 1, 2, 3, 4), TBA (in-class)
    Research Essay 30% (objectives 1, 2), due in week 13.
    Portfolio 60% (objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), due in week 14.

    Formative Assessment: Tutorials will contain embedded formative assessment tasks that may include weekly 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
    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 Schulz Building Level 2), be approved by the relevant staff member.
    Assessment Detail
    WORKSHOP ASSESSMENT (10%)
    Students will complete set tasks in the workshop. These will be set by the tutor and marked in class. Students will also present one of their songs from their portfolio to their peers in week 12.

    RESEARCH ESSAY (30%)
    Word count: 1500 words (NOT including bibliography and references)

    Essay topics will be supplied during the semester, and will relate to music production. You are free to choose a topic outside of those listed, AS LONG as it is relevant to the course. If you choose your own topic, you must gain approval from the course lecturer.


    PORTFOLIO (70%)
    The Portfolio represents the major practical assessment for the semester and will involve the creation of three songs. All songs are open, allowing students to continue developing their individual compositional voice. Students will utilise sequencing software and production techniques demonstrated in the workshop in the creation of their songs. All creative works will be required to be recorded for submission, an emphasis this semester is on student’s recording, mixing and producing their own work.
    Submission
    All assignments will be submitted digitally through the Assignments section of MyUni. Feedback on the assessments will be also be sent to students through the MyUni system.

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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