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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 consists of two complementary sections: Theory, and Solfège. Theory equips students with a solid theoretical understanding of the elements of music. Solfège facilitates an experience-based and pedagogy-focused exploration of musical concepts following the Kodály principles of music education.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a solid theoretical and practical foundation in scales, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, notation, triads, harmonic relationships, musical terms, articulations and principles of transposition, following the ABRSM syllabus.
2. Sing, perceive, analyse, understand and dictate music using relative sol-fa (and apply these skills in other modules).
3. Demonstrate the skills of singing, playing and teaching rounds/canons, and show a keen sense of vocal tuning and balance in both individual and group music-making.
4. Understand and replicate the Kodály concept of teaching and learning the elements of music through singing, in a step-by-step manner from appropriate real musical examples.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study2Individual practice of polyphonic music tasks, sol-fa singing, memorisation; music theory exercises
Lecture2Lectures on course content
Group work3Independent organisation and rehearsal of group vocal performance
Total Workload: 7

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 Theory
This section guides students through the fundamentals of music theory, covering the course material of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music theory examinations. Content includes scales, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, notation, triads, musical terms, harmonic relationships, articulations, principles of transposition.

This section facilitates an experience-based, practical understanding of musical elements following the Kodály concept of music education. Content includes relative sol-fa; polyphonic singing, playing and perception; step-by-step teaching and learning processes; music literacy development; pedagogical issues; approaches to dictation; vocal tuning; group rehearsal skills.

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

  • ABRSM: 1990, The AB Guide to Music Theory, Parts 1 and 2,
  • Winters, Williams: 1996, A Music Course for Students, OUP,
  • Antal Molnár: 1983, Klasszikus Kánonok (Classical Canons): 230 polyphonic singing exercises, Editio Musica Budapest (EMB), Budapest,
  • Németh, R., Nógrádi L., Puster J.: 1984, Szolfézs Antológia (Solfege Anthology), Editio Musica Budapest (EMB), Budapest,
  • Kodály, Zoltán: 0, 333 Reading Exercises, Editio Musica Budapest, Budapest,
  • Kodály, Zoltán: 0, Pentatonic Reading Exercises, Book I, Editio Musica Budapest, Budapest,
  • Taylor, Eric: 2008, Music Theory in Practice, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London,
Other Resources

2330, Website, My Music Theory, 0, Music Theory Resources, Exercises, http://www.mymusictheory.com/grade5, 2331, Website, Kodály Society of Ireland, 0, Educational Principles of the Kodály Concept, Dublin, KSI, http://www.kodalyireland.com/Aboutus_html/educational.html, 2332, Website, International Kodály Society, 0, Zoltán Kodály: Educational Activities, Budapest, IKS, http://www.iks.hu/Summary-Kodaly-s-Life-and-Work/education.html, 2333, Website, Kodály Institute, 0, Zoltán Kodály: The Educator, Kecskemét, Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music, http://www.kodaly.hu/kodaly/concept.htm,
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