Language of Music
Language of Music 2022-23
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 2
Principles of musical language: pitch, rhythm, metre. Principles of notation: pitch, rhythm, metre. Clefs: treble, bass (and rules for how to read the others). Keys and chromaticism. Tempo, dynamics and expression Basic principles of harmony (triads, inversions, voice-leading). Roman letter chord analysis. Basic principles of counterpoint (canon, imitation)
-threshold -(D) The student can read music satisfactorily with care, but not in tempo at sight. The student can demonstrate that they have a basic grasp of music as an academic discipline
-good -(B) The student can read music accurately, and can do so in tempo at sight with only occasional errors. The student can demonstrate a good understanding of music as an academic discipline
-excellent -(A) The student can read music accurately in tempo and at sight. The student can demonstrate an ability to apply original insight into music as a cultural phenomenon.
- On completion of this module, students will be able to interpret harmonic formations and music written on other clefs
- On completion of this module, students will be able to perform confidently as a member of a large ensemble (or other ensemble as agreed in advance with the module co-ordinator).
- On completion of this module, students will be able to read and write monodic music fluently using treble and bass clefs.
- On completion of this module, students will be able to understand the principles behind the academic study and practice of music.
Logbook Or Portfolio
A portfolio of regular exercises in musical theory.
A reflective logbook detailing the student's participation in ensemble rehearsals
Short Essay on a musical topic related to those discussed in the class.