Course Title: Apply knowledge of genre to music making

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: VART6077C

Course Title: Apply knowledge of genre to music making

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: John Phillips
Phone: 9925 9413

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply knowledge of music styles to music industry work and learning.
It introduces the student to critical listening skills, which can be applied to the range of tasks undertaken by the sound engineer/producer.

Please note: this course guide is relevant only to Sound Group 1E

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSMLT301A Apply knowledge of genre to music making


Element 1 Maintain and develop music knowledge

Performance Criteria:

Monitor relevant sources of industry information based on areas of interest, work and learning
In consultation with appropriate personnel , develop
strategies to review and maintain knowledge of selected
musical styles, artists and repertoire
Analyse music for its artistic and commercial qualities and
Develop the capacity to analyse music artists, repertoire and trends through discussion of music performances


Element 2 Use listening skills to analyse music

Performance Criteria:

In consultation with appropriate personnel, determine relevant music areas for development of critical-listening skills
Apply critical-listening skills to live and recorded music within identified music industry contexts
Listen critically to identified artists and repertoire and measure actual performance against artistic and/or commercial standards and potential
Listen to, analyse and evaluate the contribution of technical and sound production to the success of live and recorded music products


Element 3 Maintain understanding of relevant musical genres and styles

Performance Criteria:

Identify and use sources of information relating to selected
musical genres and styles
Research contemporary and/or historical artists and
repertoire to inform own work and learning
Use knowledge of styles, artists and repertoire to
contribute to own musical development
Apply music knowledge to own music practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be have the knowledge and skills to effectively work as a music producer and or engineer, working with clients across a number of musical genres.


Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:

Class delivery (face to face lectures)
Peer teaching & class presentations
Group Discussions

Out of class learning activities include, but are not limited to:

Online research
Music production project based work
Teacher directed activities

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content         Elements
1Introduction, module overview and assessment handout
Online presence – Blackboard & MAT
Demonstration of requirements for Presentation Assessment
Genre Study – Blues
2History and development of recorded sound & recording technology
Genre Studies – Soul, Gospel, Folk
3Musical Structures – Critical v Analytical listening; Audio Production Lexicon
Genre Studies – Jazz, Folk / Rock, (Rock)
Genre Studies – Prog Rock, Glam Rock, Ambient (60’s to 90’s)
4Instrumental & sonic analysis – listening test
History of Sound part 2
5The Producer – the history, legacy and role of the producer.
Genre Studies - Reggae, Funk, Disco, Punk (70’s)
6Pre-production and production techniques & strategies
Assessing and solving technical problems in recording
Genre Studies – Post Punk / New Wave (80’s)
7Classical instruments & music recording; Mastering
Genre Study – Metal
8Module Revision, Listening Test
Genre Study – Hip – Hop, Electronica
Genre Study - World Music, music of the nineties & the noughties
10Final listening test   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Blackboard, Media Annotation Tool.
Additional texts will be referred to throughout the unit delivery, all of which will be available in RMIT Carlton library.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You are expected to supply:

Note paper & pen.
Data storage, EG USB thumb drive.

Overview of Assessment

Assessessment will be based around in class and out of class listening tests (formative assessments), and practical music production work undertaken outside of class time (summative assessment).

Assessment Tasks



1) Listening test A (week 4)

2) Listening Test B (Assignment #2; written answer) (Week 6)
This assignment is a short listening test where you will access a series of audio files through Blackboard and answer a series of questions about the sounds.

3) Listening Text C (Week 8)


4) Genre Presentation (Week 10). For this assessment you will undertake a simple song remix of a supplied file. You will be required to rework the song according to the following specific requirements:
- Rework song to supplied Genre
- Re-arrange song structure to supplied structure request
- Add a minumum of one tuned instrument sound in song’s key
- Present your mix to the class, and identify the points above

3) Listening & Production knowledge analysis (Week 12). This assessment is part listening test, and part knowledge test, covering topics from the various classes, as well as reviewing sounds and music though aural perception methods.

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered ….

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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