Course Title: Apply knowledge of genre to music making

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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 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


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:

1.1 Monitor relevant sources of industry information based on areas of interest, work and learning

1.2 In consultation with appropriate personnel , develop strategies to review and maintain knowledge of selected musical styles, artists and repertoire

1.3 Analyse music for its artistic and commercial qualities and features

1.4 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:

 2.1 In consultation with appropriate personnel, determine relevant music areas for development of critical-listening skills

2.2 Apply critical-listening skills to live and recorded music within identified music industry contexts

2.3 Listen critically to identified artists and repertoire and measure actual performance against artistic and/or commercial standards and potential

2. Listen to, analyse and evaluate the contribution of technical and sound production to the success of live and recorded music product


Element 3 Maintain understanding of relevant musical genres and styles

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and use sources of information relating to selected musical genres and styles

3.2 Research contemporary and/or historical artists and repertoire to inform own work and learning

3.3 Use knowledge of styles, artists and repertoire to
contribute to own musical development

3.4 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

Class   Class contentAssessments dueElements
Class 1Introduction, module overview and assessment review
Online presence – Blackboard & use as assessment & delivery tool
Discussion and exercise on genre comparison
Genre Study – Blues
 Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Class 2

History and development of recorded sound & recording technology
Introduction to major assessment  - demonstration
Assessment 3 commences
Genre Studies – Soul, Gospel, Folk

 Element 1
1.3, 1.4
Class 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)
 Element 2
2.1, 2.2
Class 4Instrumental & sonic analysis – listening test A
History of Sound part 2
Assessment 1- listening test
Assessment 1Element 2
2.2, 2.3, 2.4
Class 5Pre-production and production techniques & strategies
Assessing and solving technical problems in recording
Compression & Sidechain pt 1
Genre Studies - Reggae, Funk, Disco, Punk (70’s)
 Element 2

Element 3

Class 6The Producer – the history, legacy and role of the producer
Compression & Sidechain pt 2
Genre Studies – Post Punk / New Wave (80’s)
 Element 1
1.1, 1.2

Element 2

Class 7Classical instruments & music recording; Mastering
Genre Study – Metal
 Element 3
3.1, 3.2
Class 8

Module Revision, Listening Test B
Genre Study – Hip – Hop, Electronica
Assessment 2 - Listening test

Assessment 2Element 3
3.2, 3.3
Class 9Module Revision
Genre Study - World Music, music of the nineties & the noughties
Remix presentations
Assessment 3
Assessment 3Element 3
3.3, 3.4
Class 10Final listening test
Remix presentations
Assessment 4 - Listening test
Assessment 4Element 3

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, 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.

This unit requires approximately 20 hours out of class audio editing time, which may be at home if you possess thre required software, or on campus if not.
Please consult lecturers if unsure or if you require access to equipment.


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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course. 

Assessment Task 1: Listening Test A (class 4, or thereabouts)
Ungraded Assessment
Due: Class 4

Assessment Task 2: Listening Text B (Class 8, or thereabouts)
Ungraded Assessment 
Due: Class 8

Assessment Task 3: Genre Presentation (Delivered Class 2; due Class 9).
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 specified above
Graded Assessment
Due: Class 9

Assessment Task 4: Listening & Production knowledge analysis test (Class 10). This assessment is part a listening test, and part a knowledge test, covering topics from the various classes, as well as reviewing sounds and music though aural perception methods.
Graded Assessment
Due: Class 10

Grades used in this unit are as follows:
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

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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback on your work. Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress:
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.
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.

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