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Archived Version 2011 - 2012

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module develops a wide range of practical musical skills in Performance, Keyboard Harmony and Music Technology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Extend their musicianship through the development of technological skills using MT software, e.g. Finale, Cubase, Digital Performer & Band in a Box.
2. Develop musical perception and proficiency in aural training, keyboard harmony, instrumental and choral performance, and sight-reading.
3. Develop their aural and listening skills.
4. Develop interpersonal skills through group music-making.
5. Apply the competencies acquired to the teaching context.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study3Developing practical skills and Music technology
Lecture1Lectures on course content
Portfolio Preparation2Music Notation and Technology
Total Workload: 6

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Music Technology
Understanding MIDI: working with MIDI Files; MIDI on the Internet; Using Finale: preparing a Lead Sheet; playback of scores; extracting parts. Working with Band in a Box: recording /constructing songs; using different styles/instruments; mixing down to CD; converting and editing files.

Music Performance/Musicianship
Listening skills:aural perception; dictation; stylistic analysis; Keyboard harmony: Improvisation; Harmonisation of melodies/hymn tunes at the keyboard; Score reduction; piano accompaniment; Instrumental performance and sight-reading; Group music-making: experience of choral and /or instrumental directing/conducting.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Cope, David: 1990, New Music Composition, Schirmer Books, New York,
  • Eulenberg Edition: 0, Haydn String Quartets (selected),
  • Fiske, R: 1958, Score Reading: Book 1: Orchestration,, OUP, Oxford,
  • Milward, Simon: 2002, Fast Guide to Cubase VST, Sound On Sound Publishing, UK,
  • Morris, R.O: 1960, Figured Harmony at the Keyboard, Part 1, OUP, London,
  • Paynter and Aston (eds.): 1986, Sound and Silence, Cambridge University Press,
  • Pilling, D: 1950, Harmonisation of Melodies at the Keyboard (Book 3), Forsyth Ltd.,, Manchester,
  • White, Paul: 2002, Basic Digital Recording, Sound On Sound Publishing, UK,
Other Resources

707, Website, 0, Multimedia Recording website/online resource, www.sound-on-sound.com, 708, Website, 0, Compositional Resources, www.codamusic.com, 709, Mater Dei Institute, 0, Keyboard Skills Handbook,
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