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This subject embraces a theoretical and practical study of the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and formal structures and processes of Contemporary Music. Components include Languages of Music, Harmonic Devices, Rhythmic Devices and Piano Class for Contemporary Music Performance: Improvisation students and audio/studio techniques for Interactive Composition students.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completing this subject students should be able to:
- understand through examination of selected current repertoire how western tonal music is constructed;
- apply their knowledge of the internal workings of selected, relevant repertoire to their performances and/or compositions;
- connect the understanding of the internal workings of music to the aural comprehension of it;
- transcribe, identify and perform selected melodies, rhythms and harmonic structures;
- identify and perform selected rhythmic patterns;
- perform selected polyrhythms;
- reproduce selected material of the student's instrument (CMP:I);
- understand keyboard technique (CMP:I);
- play and develop pieces playing chords and melodic lines (CMP:I);
- play various chords, scales and selected pieces (CMP:I);
- accompany various standards (CMP:I);
- understand comping techniques and voice leading (CMP:I);
- understanding of the use of music technology in music composition (IC).
On completing this subject students will:
- exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to the practising musician and composer;
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline;
- have reached a high level of achievement in creative artistic practice, problem solving and communication;
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems.
Last updated: 6 December 2019