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MUI1007 Fundamentals of Music

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 17 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Bruce Woodward
Moderator: Phillip Gearing

Rationale

Functional musicians require a solid understanding and skill-base in the rudiments of music notation, as well as the ability to recognise, imitate and notate pitches, rhythms and timbre by themselves and in patterns. Foundational skills in music technology are also critical skills for a functioning musician in the digital age.

Synopsis

This course provides a survey of the rudiments of music and its notation, including such concepts as the notation of pitches, note values, rhythms, intensity, articulation, metre, tempo and understanding simple musical forms. Scale structure and major and minor keys, using both treble and bass clefs, will also feature in this course. The course further provides an introduction to the role of technology in music making, including the use of music notation software.

Objectives

On completion of this course students should have demonstrated:

  1. competency in reading and writing music notation in the treble and bass clefs, using all of the keys in the circle of 5ths;
  2. foundational aural abilities in recognising metre, pitch difference, timbre difference, melodic patterns, major and minor scales, intervals, major and minor triads;
  3. ability in notating simple rhythmic and pitch patterns after hearing them several times;
  4. management, planning and organisation skills by working independently at developing music theory skills, aural competency, and with music software;
  5. an understanding and application of skills in notating music for publication.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Rhythm and its notation 10.00
2. Pitch and its notation 10.00
3. Rhythmic feels and beat subdivisions 10.00
4. Scales and keys 20.00
5. Intervals, triads and textures 20.00
6. Music notation software 10.00
7. Chord construction and recognition 10.00
8. Simple chord progressions and musical forms 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=MUI1007)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Fitzgerald, J 2003, Popular Music Theory, 2nd edn, Hazelmount, Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Lectures or Workshops 52.00
Private Study or Assignments 111.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TEST 1 100 10 28 Mar 2013
TEST 2 100 10 10 May 2013
MUSIC NOTATION SOFTWARE ASSIGN 100 20 17 May 2013
TEST 3 100 20 06 Jun 2013
EXAM 100 40 End S1

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the studentís responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    For courses that use the stratified grading system:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course

  6. Examination information:
    The examination for this course is a closed exam and as such candidates are allowed to bring into the examination only their writing instruments.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.