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Unit of study_

MUSC3406: Contemporary Music Practice 6

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

In this unit, students will be supported in developing a capstone project (20-30 minutes of new music) representing the culmination of skills developed over the course of all prior units in Contemporary Music Practice. In developing this work, students will interrogate the nature of innovation in their own original music. Students will experiment with a range of digital music techniques via practical activities. They will also investigate various means of presenting their music to the outside world. This will include consideration of online music cultures.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MUSC3406
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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MUSC3405
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Paul McDermott, p.mcdermott@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Rainbow Chan, chun.chan@sydney.edu.au
Paul Mac, paul.mac@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Preparation and Participation
Students prepare work and act on feedback from lectures and tutors
20% Ongoing
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Creative assessment / demonstration group assignment Creative Parameters Project Part 1
Create 4mins of original music focussing on a chosen creative parameter
15% Week -04
Due date: 28 Aug 2022 at 23:59
4 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Listening Notes Part 1
Listening notes, credits and reflection on submitted music
5% Week 04
Due date: 28 Aug 2022 at 13:29
300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Creative Parameter Group Project Part 2
Create 4mins of music focussing on a selected creative parameter
15% Week 08
Due date: 25 Sep 2022 at 23:59
4mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Listening Notes Part 2
Listening notes, credits and reflection on submitted music
5% Week 08
Due date: 25 Sep 2022 at 23:59
300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Creative Parameters Group Project Part 3
Create 8 mins of music focussing on creative parameters
30% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
8mins of music
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Listening Notes Part 3
Listening notes, credits and reflection on submitted music
10% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
Group assignment with individually assessed component = group assignment with individually assessed component ?

Assessment summary

  • Preparation, participation and weekly log: You will be marked on your preparation and participation in classes over the course of the semester. You are encouraged to be professional in both your work and your attitude to this work. Each week, you will have 1-on-1 time in a studio with the instructors and will submit a “weekly log” on the discussion board. 
  • Pitch and schedule: Develop and present a plan for an EP based on at least 5 creative parameters chosen from the list provided (or others approved by your teachers). The plan will detail each parameter, what the student intends to learn from it, and show musical examples of each parameter to back up their ideas. 
  • Creative Parameters EP: Write, perform and produce an EP based on 5 different creative parameters. The EP should be presented as a unified body of work. We encourage you to think about your creative output in terms of who and what you represent and why it is important to you. The resulting EP must be approximately 20 minutes (or 30 minutes in duos, 40 minutes in trios as approved by the coordinator).
  • Listening Notes: Compile listening notes for each of your parameters using the template to be provided on Canvas. You will need to cover areas such as your intention, process and reflection of learning. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The following assessment criteria are used for performance work in this unit of study:

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Comprehensive and outstanding technical control and musical integrity in relation to developmental expectations. Musical individuality consistently projected to create a persuasive personal representation of the work. Performance flair indicative of soloist standard. A mark of 95 or above indicates extraordinary technical virtuosity and musical artistry.

Distinction

75 - 84

Excellent technical, musical and stylistic achievement. Consistently coherent and expressive performance. Some personal interpretation of the work suggesting soloist potential. 

Credit

65 - 74

Confident technique with evidence of solid musicality and some stylistic achievement. Occasional lapses indicative of unresolved technical, artistic and/or stylistic issues. Projects potential for further development.

Pass

50 - 64

Satisfactory level of preparation and musical engagement. Some inconsistencies in musicianship, style and/or technique. Musical imagination and overall performance sense developing though some insecurity in this area.

Fail

0 - 49

Unsatisfactory technical achievement and/or unsatisfactory level of musical and artistic engagement. Limitations may be of such a scale and consistency as to call into question the student’s future direction in the programme.

The following assessment criteria are used for written work in this unit of study:

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Demonstrates high level of initiative in research and reading; sophisticated critical analysis of evidence; high level engagement with theoretical issues, innovative use of reading/research material and impressive command of underlying debates and assumptions; properly documented and written with style, originality and precision.

Distinction

75 - 84

Demonstrates initiative in research and wide, appropriate reading; complex understanding of question and ability to critically review material in relation to underlying assumptions and values; analyses material in relation to empirical and theoretical contexts; properly documented; clear, well-developed structure and argument with some signs of literary style.

Credit

65 - 74

Evidence of broader understanding than pass level; offers synthesis with some critical evaluation of material; coherent argument using a range of relevant evidence; some evidence of independent thought, good referencing. A high credit (70-74) shows some evidence of ability to problematise and think conceptually.

Pass

50 - 64

Written work meets basic requirements in terms of reading/research; relevant material; tendency to descriptive summary rather than critical argument; makes a reasonable attempt to avoid paraphrasing; reasonably coherent structure; often has weaknesses in particular areas, especially in terms of narrow or underdeveloped treatment of question; acceptable documentation.

Fail

0 - 49

Work may fail for any or all of the following reasons: Unacceptable paraphrasing; irrelevance of content; poor spelling; poor presentation; grammar or structure so sloppy it cannot be understood; failure to demonstrate understanding of content; insufficient or overlong word length.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction & Creative Parameters Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assign groups and begin work on CP Part 1 Workshop (2 hr) LO4
Week 02 How to record a drum kit Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Continue work in groups on CP Part 1 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Co-writing vertically - rhythm Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Continue work in groups on CP Part 1 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Listening & feedback for Part 1 Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Prepare to submit CP Part 1 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Building on Drums with Bass Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assign new groups and begin work on CP Part 2 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Harmonic possibilities over bass lines Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Continue work in groups on CP Part 2 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Improvising vocal melodies and melodic hooks Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Continue work in groups on CP Part 2 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 Introduction to Gudjal project Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Prepare to submit CP Part 2 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Writing lyrics to fit melodies Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Form groups and begin CP Part 3 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 11 Arranging styles and backing vocal techniques Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Continue work in groups on CP Part 3 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 12 Listening and Feedback – mixing strategies Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Prepare to submit CP Part 3 or Gudjal project option Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned. The Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 90%.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate high level production, performance and song writing skills
  • LO2. use critical listening to identify professional production techniques and creatively apply these to their own work
  • LO3. evaluate what “release quality” and “public radio standard” equates to in their own recordings and reflect on their progress in reaching this standard
  • LO4. devise successful interpersonal feedback strategies, and creatively cooperate to meet deadlines reflecting music industry practice

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The introduction of group work in MUSC3405 provided mixed responses in the USS. This has been addressed by breaking assessments into smaller parts to allow for varying student partners and creating lectures on specific aspects of effective collaboration

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