The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course focuses on rhythmic organisation, techniques and analysis. Examples from a wide diversity of musical styles and genres are presented. Rhythm and temporality are examined in many musical contexts including metrical, non metrical and free rhythmic approaches. Students will perform rhythmic exercises in class. The course provides the opportunity to apply these tools creatively in any genre or era as defined by the interest of the student.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI1632. Students who have successfully completed MUSI1632 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1732.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of rhythmic and temporal techniques, organisation and their application in musical composition, performance and production in a variety of musical styles and eras.

2. Recognise, create and analyse significant musical techniques and processes, with a particular emphasis on rhythm and temporal processes and their application in musical composition, performance and production.

3. Demonstrate a basic level of aural recognition and transcription/performance skills.


Content

Course topics will include pulse, beat, subdivision, polyrhythm, meter, additive meters, polymeter, temporal organisation, free rhythm, rhythmic dissonance, syncopation, durational rhythm, ensemble rhythm, approaches to rhythm in diverse cultural and indigenous settings, popular music rhythms, and relationships between rhythm and harmony, texture and timbre.


Requisite

This course has similarities to MUSI1632. If you have successfully completed MUSI1632 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

Sound, Music and Texture (MUSI1731). The course assumes a basic understanding of music notation software.


Assessment items

Project: Technique Exam (Individual) *

In Term Test: Listening Assessment (Individual) *

Presentation: Creative Study (Individual)

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - This course contains two components (i) Aural and (ii) Composition, analytical and technical skills. Each of the two components must be passed in order to pass this course.
  • Project: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - This course contains two components (i) Aural and (ii) composition, analytical and technical skills. Each of the two components must be passed in order to pass this course.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term