MUSC2520 Music Language 3

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Music Specialist Studies major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit is the third in a four-semester sequence that develops core theoretical, musical and perceptual skills. The unit comprises two mutually supportive components—(1) harmony; and (2) aural.

These components comprise an integrated whole in which strong interconnections are defined in both content and assessment.

The broader aim of this four-semester program is to support the acquisition of musical fluency and the capacity for independent learning. This unit extends students' understanding of musical grammar, both on paper and in their creative imagination. It deals with sophisticated harmonic concepts and chromaticism. On completion of the four-semester Music Language program, the course aims to produce musically literate students who are able to apply the skills they have acquired in any professional situation.

This unit is a compulsory unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) for the harmony and form component—(a) demonstrate more advanced competencies in harmony; (b) demonstrate an understanding of more sophisticated chromatic harmonic language; and (c) demonstrate a more advanced understanding of form and structure, and analytical methods and (2) for the aural component—(a) demonstrate aural discrimination of all scales, their component degrees and the intervals between them (major, minor, both harmonic and melodic) and compound intervals; (b) demonstrate aural discrimination of all chords taken from the major and minor scales, their arpeggios, and all inversions and voicings in both open and close position; diminished and augmented triads; 'Tristan' chords; chords of the dominant seventh and dominant ninth; and, in progressions, the primary and secondary triads; the tonic minor and tierce de picardie; enharmonic relationships, anchor-notes and chromatically related chords; (c) demonstrate aural discrimination of all modes (ionian, aeolian, dorian, lydian, mixolydian, phrygian, lochrian); the whole-tone scale; the second mode of limited transposition ('octotonic scale'); (d) demonstrate aural discrimination of rhythms in 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 5/4, 6/8, 5/8, 7/8, 9/8 and 12/8 time, and involving both simple and tuplet divisions of beats, syncopations, hemiola and accentuation; (e) demonstrate aural discrimination of parallel motion and contrary motion and the basic voice-leading practices of species counterpoint; (f) demonstrate competence in melodic analysis and notation; (g) demonstrate competence in the analysis and notation of music in two parts; (h) demonstrate competence in the analysis and notation of harmonic progressions comprising chords Ia, Iia, IIIa, Iva, Va, Via; Ib, Ivb and Vb; Ic; and sevenths on all of these; (i) demonstrate an understanding of modulation to the dominant, subdominant and relative minor, and to more distantly related keys; and (j) demonstrate on the keyboard the concepts taught in both the aural and harmony components.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation; (2) project; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicholas Bannan
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
MUSC1322 Music Language 2
or
MUSC1202 Techniques of Music 2
Incompatibility:
MUSC2201 Techniques of Music 3
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
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