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Archived Version 2014 - 2015

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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, Choral Conducting and Music Technology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate their musicianship through the development of technological skills using MT software, e.g. Finale; Audacity; MuseScore
2. Display musical perception and proficiency in aural training, keyboard harmony, instrumental and choral performance, and sight-reading.
3. Use interpersonal skills acquired through group music-making.
4. Apply choral conducting skills to school-based and other performance contexts.
5. Adapt all competencies acquired in the module to the teaching context.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study3Developing practical skills and Music technology
Lecture1.5Lectures on course content
Portfolio Preparation12Music Notation and Technology
Total Workload: 16.5

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 using Audacity.

Music Performance/Musicianship
Listening skills:aural perception; dictation; Keyboard harmony: Improvisation; Harmonisation of melodies/hymn tunes at the keyboard; Score reduction; piano accompaniment; Instrumental performance and sight-reading; Choral Conducting: beat patterns, expression, showing dynamics, score analysis and preparation; rehearsal technique, warm-ups.

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

  • Eulenberg Edition: 0, Haydn String Quartets (selected),
  • Fiske, R: 1958, Score Reading,, OUP, Oxford,
  • Morris, R.O: 1960, Figured Harmony at the Keyboard, Part 1, OUP, London,
  • 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,
  • Kodály, Zoltán: 0, 333 Reading Exercises, EMB,
  • Kodály, Zoltán: 0, Pentatonic Music: Books I-IV, EMB,
  • Davison, A. T.: 1968, Choral Conducting, Harvard University Press,
  • Warburton, A. O.: 1971, Graded Aural Tests, Longman,
Other Resources

2396, Website, 0, Multimedia Recording website/online resource, www.sound-on-sound.com, 2397, Website, 0, Resources (Finale), www.makemusic.com, 2398, Mater Dei Institute, 0, Keyboard Skills Handbook, 2399, Website, 0, Audacity Resources, http://audacity.sourceforge.net/, 2400, Website, 0, MuseScore Guide, www.musescore.org,
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