Available in 2017

Course handbook


This course aims to improve performance skills in the popular idiom through a study of style, techniques, performance characteristics and improvisation techniques.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise and correctly perform different popular music styles

2. Read, interpret and arrange song scores and perform from them appropriately on their individual instrument

3. Collaborate with other musicians to organise and present performances

4. Improvise over chord changes, correctly applying basic scales and modes

5. Demonstrate control over tone and sound production

6. Analyse popular music from scores and recordings


Students will be provided with information and materials and be involved in workshops and performance situations where they can learn stylistic and technical aspects of popular music styles including, but not limited to: rock, blues, funk and contemporary pop. Classes will involve discussions, performance, analysis, listening and score based exercises.

Assumed knowledge

Students undertaking this course should have solid skills in the instrument which they will perform on in this course.

Assessment items

Performance: Performances- Group and Individual

Presentation: Written Assignment and Individual Presentation

Performance: Performances-Individual

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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

Students are expected to attend at least 80% of classes in this course.


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