Course Title: Apply knowledge of genre to music making
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2014
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 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Teacher: John Phillips
Phone: 9925 4815
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
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
Element 2 Use listening skills to analyse music
Element 3 Maintain understanding of relevant musical genres and styles
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
Out of class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
Music production project based work
Teacher directed activities
|Class 1||Introduction, module overview and assessment handout |
Online presence – Blackboard & use as assessment & delivery tool
Demonstration of requirements for Presentation Assessment
Genre Study – Blues
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
|Class 2||History and development of recorded sound & recording technology |
Genre Studies – Soul, Gospel, Folk
|Class 3||Musical 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)
|Class 4||Instrumental & sonic analysis – listening test A|
History of Sound part 2
2.2, 2.3, 2.4
|Class 5||The Producer – the history, legacy and role of the producer. |
Genre Studies - Reggae, Funk, Disco, Punk (70’s)
|Class 6||Pre-production and production techniques & strategies |
Assessing and solving technical problems in recording
Genre Studies – Post Punk / New Wave (80’s)
|Class 7||Classical instruments & music recording; Mastering |
Genre Study – Metal
|Class 8||Module Revision, Listening Test B|
Genre Study – Hip – Hop, Electronica
|Class 9||Presentations |
Genre Study - World Music, music of the nineties & the noughties
|Class 10||Final listening test||Element 3
Blackboard, Media Annotation Tool.
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
You are expected to supply:
Note paper & pen, or electronic equivalent in order to take class notes as required.
Data storage, EG USB thumb drive, or portable hard drive w/ USB & Firewire connection.
A larger (500gb - `1tb) portable storage is advised for all Sound Production work, and ensure that all data is backed up at all times, ideally to a second such storage device.
Note that data failures and drive failures do happen - often at the most inconvenient time. You must keep backups of all important data. Failure to submit assessment work on time due to data loss will not excuse late submission. Audio engineers are expected to deal with data storage and data failure issues.
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).
You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course..
1) Listening Test A (class 4, or thereabouts)
2) Listening Text B (Class 8, or thereabouts)
3) Genre Presentation (Class 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
4) Listening & Production knowledge analysis test (Class 10 or 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
CD Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration
Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.
Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy
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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity
Work Placement: It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.
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