MUSPOP 1202 - Song Writing & Performance 1B
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code MUSPOP 1202 Course Song Writing & Performance 1B Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MUSPOP 1201 Incompatible MUSPMACT 1012 Restrictions Available to BMus, BMedia (Pop Music Major), DipMus students only Course Description This course enables students to build on the creative, technical and professional skills from Song Writing and Performance 1A, with a focus on the creation and presentation of new original music. An important aspect of this course is the development of skills in producing song charts and scores using Avid's Sibelius software. Seminars introduce composition and song writing techniques, including creative impetus, the musical materials of rhythm, pitch, melody, chords progressions and song structures, and approaches to writing lyrics. Stylistic idioms used in contemporary popular music styles are contextualized in relation to established song-writing forms. Through Workshops, students will learn practical skills in scoring, and work in small groups to prepare their original work for live performance. Rehearsal, performance and studio techniques will be introduced, culminating in on and off-campus student performances.
Course Coordinator: Dr Luke HarraldTeaching Staff:
Mr Grayson Rotumah
Contact information available via MyUni under "Course Contacts".
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Understand basic composition and music production principles used by professional songwriters; 2 develop their own compositional “voice” at a basic level; 3 create a cogent and quality portfolio of songs in a recorded and notated format; 4 interpret and perform the compositions of others; 5 understand the roles, responsibilities, and activities involved in live Contemporary Music performance; & 6 critically evaluate their performances and communicate instructions and technical requirements to others.
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, 5 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, 6 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
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
1, 2, 5, 6 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 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 as the Conservatorium uses Apple computers).
• 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.
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.
Gary Ewers – The essential secrets of songwriting http://secretsofsongwriting.com/index.html
Rhymer – a free online rhyming dictionary http://www.rhymer.com
Online LearningLearning materials and assessment will be placed on MyUni. Usage of MyUni will include Announcements, Digital readings, External web-links and Recordings of classes; particularly student performances to enable students to critically reflect on their experiences in class.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course structure and content is delivered through a range of classes and materials. Class delivery modes include a weekly seminar 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 then expand theoretically through discussions and exercises during the seminar, and practically through performing their work in the workshop. Students will also be expected to further expand the topics presented using out-of-class resources that are presented online, and rehearsing in their own time. The online 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; arranging and scoring through the creation of sheet music; and their practical application to creativity through students preparing their work for performance.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 1 x 2 hour seminars per week 24 hours total per semester 1 x 2-hour workshop per week 24 hours per semester 6 hours rehearsals & readings per week 72 hours per semester 1 hours research per week 12 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryThe course structure and content will examine the areas below through weekly theoretical and/or practical demonstrations and exploration. The following list of topics is supplied as a guide, and may change depending on needs arising through the semester. Further detail regarding weekly content can be found on MyUni.
WEEK SEMINAR TOPIC / WORKSHOP TOPIC 1 Harmony – Minor Key Chord Functions / Introduction to Sibelius 2 Melody – Length, Rhythm, Balance, Placement / Sibelius Class 2 3 Lyrics – Prosody, Metre & Lyric Modes / Sibelius Class 3 4 Motif development / Sibelius Class 4 5 Pedal points and Ostinato / Sibelius Class 5 6 Lyrics – Allegory, Personification, Irony, Antonyms, Sense – Non-sense / Sibelius Class 6 7 Melody – Momentum and Melisma / Ensemble Rehearsal & Mentoring 8 Harmony – Modulation / Ensemble Rehearsal & Mentoring 9 Harmony – non-diatonic progressions & substitutions / Ensemble Rehearsal & Mentoring 10 Active Listening Class – Pivotal Songs & Worldwide Top 3 / Ensemble Rehearsal & Mentoring 11 Portfolio Group Consultations / Ensemble Rehearsal & Mentoring 12 Portfolio Group Consultations / Ensemble Rehearsal & Mentoring
Specific Course RequirementsEMU Facilities
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.
Information on use of the EMU Faclities, including Access, Bookings, Support and Penalties for misuse are available via the following link:
Sound Levels & Hearing Protection
This course may require using spaces where a dB meter has been installed. If you exceed the set dB limit for the space, the lights will flash. Students found exceeding these levels will have their booking privileges revoked for two weeks, and repeat offenders may have their booking privileges revoked for the remainder of the academic year.
In order to minimise risk in noise-prone situations, the Conservatorium makes both reusable gel ear-plugs and disposable foam ear-plugs available to students and staff free of charge at all times. Students and staff are also urged to consider purchase of customised personal hearing protection.
For more information regarding sound levels, hearing and hearing loss please refer both to the full content of the O'Brien Report and to the excellent publication by Canadian audiologist/academic Marshall Chasin, entitled Hear the Music: Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians both available here: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/health-safety-and-wellbeing
This course will require that students rehearse both individually and as a part of their group. For individual practice, students may book and use any of the rehearsal rooms contained within the Conservatorium with a limit of two hours per day for any individual space as per the Conservatorium’s Rehearsal guidelines. For more specific group work, rehearsal space with a backline (Drumkit, Guitar and Bass Amplifiers and an electric piano) and PA system has been provided in Schulz B14. Bookings of this space may be made through the online booking system: https://elder.bookedscheduler.com/
All spaces must be left in a neat and tidy state ready for the next user when you finish rehearsing.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThrough this course, students will compose original creative work. In small groups, students will prepare their original compositions for live performance. Through this process, students will learn collaborative and research skills, enhance and further develop their creative process, and disseminate their new work publicly through live performance.
A variety of performance venues are used semester-to-semester, including on-site venues such as UniBar and Scott Theatre, and off-site venues such as The Wheatsheaf Hotel, The Promethean, Jive, and The Jade Monkey.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- 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 COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES Online Journal Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 6 Chart Creation Assignment Summative 10% 1, 2, 3 Portfolio Summative 30% 1, 2, 3 Recital Summative 30% 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Assessment Related RequirementsExpectation & Penalty
As per Conservatorium policy, active and positive participation in 100% of classes is expected. Any student who attends less than 80% 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 semester 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.
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 be approved by the relevant staff member - students should contact the lecturer and gain approval prior to taking the leave.
Assessment DetailOnline Journal: Students will complete a weekly journal reflecting on their experiences applying the techniques presented in class to their songwriting, composing and performing. The journal will include a critical reflection on students’ song writing, composing and or improvisation of approximately 100 – 150 words per week, which is informed by readings from the reading list and musical examples listened to in classes. A log of rehearsals will be also be required as part of this assessment. The Journal gives context to each student’s creative practice and will be compiled online via a Wordpress blog.
Chart Creation Assignment: Students will create a chart of one of their original songs both in the workshop, and in their own time.
Portfolio: The Portfolio represents the major practical assessment for the semester and will involve the creation of a minimum of three songs. All creative works will be required to be recorded for submission, either through groups assigned in the workshop, or alternatively students may organise their own groups.
Recital: Students will be assessed on their contribution to the preparation and delivery of a public recital of their work, held during the examination period. Central to this assessment is the role they play in the delivery of both their work, and that of other students, and their level of performance in the Recital.
SubmissionAll written and recorded materials will be submitted online via MyUni. Practical assessments will take place either in-class, or at the off-campus performance. Note that due to practicalities, extensions for practical assessments are not possible.
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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