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MUI2002 Song-writing and Musicianship

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts


Pre-requisite: MUI1004


Song-writing and Musicianship is designed for two groups of students:
1. Second year music specialists who have already studied MUI1000 and MUI1004 who have advanced knowledge of tonal harmony and two semesters experience of intensive aural work; (Modules A and B)
2. Students who have an interest in writing their own songs but do not have a formal music notation background and who have not taken MUI1000 and MUI1004 in their previous studies. (Modules A and C)

The material of this course is divided into three Modules.
A. Song-writing is Module A and is taken by all students enrolled in this course. Module A provides practical instruction in the art of popular song-writing, covering many diverse styles including blues, swing, rock'n'roll, pop and rap. Elements of song-writing that will be explored include the writing of lyrics, creative word-setting, establishing suitable harmonic frameworks, and melodic invention within the popular idiom.
B. Module B represents third-stage aural work for second year music theory major students. This module provides further development of aural acuity relating to pitch, melody, rhythm, harmony and form.
C. Module C Music Fundamentals is designed for students requiring a strong foundation in music theory, harmony and aural studies. This module provides practical instruction in the notation of rhythm, pitch, metre, intensity, speed, articulation, phrasing and harmony and the preparation and reading of musical score.

Intending students choose either Module B or C to complement their compulsory studies of Module A.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2011 External
Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba