Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS1002 : Applications of Music Theory (Sem2)

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Fleet
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

This module recognises that many students will need to engage with and apply Common Practice musics through a variety of lenses and may begin to find speciality in one area. For example, this could be from the perspective of analysis, composition, or music education. The content of the module prepares the students to consider, evaluate and compose Common Practice musical materials. By the close of the module the student will have chosen an area in which to specialise their engagement with the musical materials and be able to critically think and communicate the musical materials of Common Practice musics to a third party. Students will also undertake an e-learning journey, using the software Musition in support of the weekly lectures to enable the students to practice and embed their skills outside of the immediate learning environment, and to monitor their own learning gain through weekly and incremental formative assessments.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins by showing students how to produce music notation both by hand and digital notation software to a publishable standard, and moves on to short and full score musical examples with annotations, cadences in major and minor key signatures, second inversion chords, the seventh degree note and chord, circle of fifths and modulations, Soprano Alto Tenor Bass (SATB) and the Bach Chorale, and closes with SATB and the String Quartet.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1.       To categorise and compose perfect, imperfect, plagal and interrupted cadences in major and minor keys.
2.       To identify and analyse second inversion chords in Common Practice harmony.
3.       To identify and analyse the use of the seventh degree of the scale in Common Practice harmony.
4.       To identify and analyse the use of the harmonic progression known as the cycle of fifths and modulation pathways to the subdominant, dominant and relative key signature.
5.       To appraise and analyse the cultural and theoretical contexts of the Bach Chorale.
6.       To appraise and analyse the cultural and theoretical contexts of the String Quartet.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1.       To produce music notation both by hand and digitally to a publishable standard; and explain the materials of music to a GCSE / A Level student.
2.       To produce short and full score musical examples with annotations and explanatory graphic elements.
3.       To compose and place in harmonic context second inversion chords in Common Practice Harmony.
4.       To compose and place in harmonic context the use of the seventh degree of the scale in Common Practice harmony.
5.       To compose and place into context the use of the harmonic progression known as the cycle of fifths and modulation pathways to the subdominant, dominant and relative key signature.
6.       To compose and analytically label a Bach Chorale in short and part score.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Introductory online video lecture and materials
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials82:0016:00Asynchronous online lecture material with associated tasks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion92:0018:00Reflect on learning outcomes and skills in relation to assessment. Research options for presentation
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities10:300:30Introductory online video by the student introducing themselves to the learning group
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities92:0018:00Practice handwritten & digital notation skills by copying and creating extracts from parts & scores
Guided Independent StudySkills practice82:0016:00Reflect on learning outcomes and practice them as professional skills in between taught sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study81:008:00Asynchronous online learning using the MUS1004 customised package 'Musition'
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study114:3014:30Analyse and evaluate learning and create from the skills being explored
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk81:008:00Synchronous online lecture talk with discussion of the associated tasks
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will engage with the core materials of Common Practice music through the lenses of analysis, composition, and music education. This methodology asks the student to apply their Common Practice theory and skills across and then potentially select one of these lenses for assessment in recognition of their likely career portfolio.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100Students present their understanding of Common Practice materials in a portfolio.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj2AThese will be weekly assessments undertaken on the software package Musition.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of Common Practice musics including cadences, second inversions, 7ths, circle of fifths, or modulations which are intended knowledge outcomes 1-4 and intended skill outcomes 1-5, and the cultural and theoretical presentation of a Bach chorale which are intended knowledge outcomes 1-5 and intended skill outcomes 1-5 and 6.

The presentation of the assessment might reasonably be in the form of an analysis paper that could act as a poster at an analysis conference, or the form of a performance ready score which contains a written introduction to the music and detailed instructions for the performers in regard to the Common Practice techniques being used, or in the form of a detailed lesson plan designed for teachers at Key Stage 4 (GCSE).

The assessment is designed to contextualise and enable the student to consider the materials outside of the University learning environment and in real world situations. Whilst these templates for presentation are different, the briefs will be written to ensure consistency of required musical materials and their discussion across the templates to ensure parity of assessment across the cohort.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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