MUSSUPST 2001 - Musicianship 2A
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code MUSSUPST 2001 Course Musicianship 2A Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MUSSUPST 1001, MUSSUPST 1002 Incompatible MUSSUPST 1120, MUSSUPST 2120, MUSSUPST 2110 Course Description This course aims to develop an understanding of the means and context of Western art music throughout its history. Examining music's development from theoretical, historical, practical and conceptual viewpoints, the course explores the variety of paths and practices through which Western art music grew from the Middle Ages (Josquin) to the end of the Classical era (Beethoven). While equipping students with a knowledge of notated practice, the course also enables students to appreciate music in its wider historical and cultural context, and explores some of the continuities that extend beyond the chronological frame.
Course Coordinator: James Koehne
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
History Tuesday 11 - 12 noon Hartley Concert Room Theory & Analysis Thursday 11-1pm Hartley Concert Room
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course the students will be able to:
1. Discuss and analyse key historical, aesthetic and theoretical developments in Western art music from the Middle Ages to the end of the Classical Era
2. Demonstrate and apply advanced critical listening skills, score reading ability and repertoire knowledge.
3. Explore and examine music within a wide historical and cultural context using appropriate terminology.
4. Demonstrate high level research and writing skills, including the use of online resources.
5. Apply a variety oif analytical methodologies to a wide range of music.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,4,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3,4,5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2,4,5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesLearning resources
Weekly related readings and essential listening files are available either as a PDF on MyUni, online via the Elder Music Library, or external websites.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended Resources
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/
Online LearningOnline learning
MyUni will be used to provide details of lecture and seminar content, set readings, assessment advice, and announcements.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLearning and Teaching Modes
Lectures and seminars will cover and explore the range of topics as set out in the Course Outline. Spoken word delivery will be supported by audio-visual exhibits and other media.
1 Music in the ‘Middle Ages’: Sacred and Secular(History) / What is Counterpoint? (Theory)
2 Development of Polyphony from Medieval to Renaissance (History) / Contrapuntal techniques in the music of J.S. Bach (Theory)
3 Renaissance: Reformation & Couner-Reformation (History) / The Well Tempered Clavier, Part 1 (Theory)
4 ‘Baroque’” Cosmopolitanism, the ‘Mixed Taste’, and Bach (H) / The Well Tempered Clavier, Part 2 (T)
5 The Baroque Musical Landscape (H) / Chaconne and Passacaglia (T)
6 Beginnings of Opera and Orchestra (H) / Fugal Writing in a Modern Context (T)
7 Galant Style and the origins of the Classical era (H) / Expectations of Form: Sonata (T)
8 Haydn: Court and Commerce (H) / Classical Sonata Form expanded: What did Beethoven do? (T)
9 The Meaning of Mozart (H) / Variation Form (T)
10 Beethoven (H) / Beethoven’s Late Period (T)
11 Romanticism and the Cultivation of ‘Serious Music’ (H) / The Romantic Piano Sonata (T)
12 Music as Literature: Schubert. Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt (H) / Words and Music (T)
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Workload
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
In addition to the required contact hours, students are expected to play an active role in the practice, refinement and consolidation of their knowledge and understanding. For each hour of this course students will need to spend on average an additional minimum of 3-4 hours per week on readings, critical listening, self-initiated learning and research in order to pass the course.
Learning Activities Summary
Learning Activities Summary
The information below is divided into history and theory lecture topics. It is intended as a guide, and may change in response to needs arising during the semester.
Week 1: Musical Beginnings
Week 2: The Middle Ages: Sacred and Secular music and the Rise of Polyphony
Week 3: Reformation and Counter-Reformation
Week 4: Transformation of Sacred and Secular Music in the Renaissance
Week 5: Bach, the counterpoint of sacred and secular
Week 6: The Rise of Instrumental Music
Week 7: The Birth of the Orchestra
Week 8: Haydn, Esterhazy and London
Week 9: Mozart
Week 10: Beethoven – Man and Myth
Week 11: Music as Literature (Schubert-Berlioz-Liszt-Schumann)
Week12: Music in colonial Australia
Weeks 1-4: Counterpoint, Passacaglia and Fugue
Weeks 5-8: Classical Forms
Weeks 9-12: Song Forms
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Objectives History Essay Formative and Summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5 Theory Assignments Formative and Summative 2 x 15% 1,2,5 Course Exam (History and Theory) Summative 40% 1,2,3,5
The redesign of this course aims to equip students to demonstrate the synthesis between music theory and music history. The exam for this subject (40%) will expect students to draw upon the knowledge gained through History and Theory lectures, tutorial exercises, private reading and the listening repertoire list.
In summary, the Assessment tasks for this subject consist of:
1. A three-hour exam in the First Semester examination period (date and venue to be advised) covering theory and history questions [40% of total grade]
2. Two Theory specific assignments, each worth 15% [30% of total grade]
3. A History Essay selected from a list of topics provided [30% of total grade]
1. Course Exam:
The three-hour exam, which covers Theory and History topics, will involve a combination of short answer questions (e.g., involving one or two sentence answers), questions requiring responses of 1- 2 paragraphs, written musical examples and demonstrations, and some multiple choice questions. The exam will assess material covered in course readings, set listening and lectures and tutorials. All students are required to sit the exam at the scheduled time. No exceptions will be made except in the case of permission sought and granted in advance for certified medical or compassionate grounds. Sample exam questions will be distributed prior to the exam.
If you are ill on the day of the Exam, you should visit a doctor and obtain a medical certificate for the day of the test/exam, required for medical replacement assessments. You should also notify the coordinator at your soonest opportunity (within 48 hours) to request a medical replacement assessment.
2. Theory Specific Assessment:
There will be two theory assessments (15% each) directly relating to the topics of study covered in the Theory lectures and tutorials. Both of these assessments will be analysis focused. Students will be given options as to which pieces of music they concentrate on for the analysis assignment. In some instances, students may pick their own work for study, but must be approved by the Theory lecturer prior to commencing work on the assignment.
Assignment 1: Students will complete a short 2nd species counterpoint exercise & an analysis of a Fugal exposition (select one of the options given). The analysis will comprise of creating an annotated score, and answering a series of short
Available online Thursday 21st March (after theory lecture)
Due Thursday 4th April, 5pm. Please hand up a hard copy of your assignment to the Faculty of Arts Office, Napier Building.
Assignment 2: Students will complete an analysis of one work chosen from a series of options. Students may select their own work for analysis in consultation with the Theory lecturer. Possible works for analysis will include either (1) the first movement of a PianoSonata, or (2) a short Theme and Variations. The analysis will consist of creating an annotated score, and writing a paragraph (max. 300 words) in response to a given question.
Available online Thursday 16th May (after theory lecture)
Due Thursday 30th May, 5pm. Please hand up a hard copy of your assignment to the Faculty of Arts Office, Napier Building.
3. History Specific Assessment (Essay)
An essay of approximately 1,500 words, addressing one of a set range of topics, and requiring you to build on knowledge that you must
research yourself. The Essay topics for Semester 1 will be announced in a lecture and posted on MyUni before the Mid-semester Break
Due Friday 7 June, 5pm. Final versions of the History Essay should be submitted as .pdf in MyUni no later than 5:00 p.m. on the due date.
Late assignment policy:
Late written assignments will be accepted to a maximum of 7 days late with a late penalty of 2 marks per calendar day applied.
Extensions without penalty may be granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance.
To apply for an extension, use the medical/compassionate application form available at:
The completed form should be submitted to the Elder Conservatorium Office, either in person at the Music Office front desk (Schulz Building Level 9, access via western Schulz lifts) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will receive feedback on their assessment tasks.
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
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