BMA0R255 – Music Studies 4

Module code
Module title
Music Studies 4
This module advances and consolidates the principles of music theory taught in previous modules. The student will become proficient in conceptualising, developing and articulating musical ideas in applied contexts.
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1Understand relevant aspects of the discourses and practices in contemporary music
produce written and oral analyses of selected texts, identifying relevant issues
review and write descriptions and analyses of selected texts
reflect critically upon relationships between representative texts, examples of work and self practice
produce oral and written interpretations of and comparisons between selected works
develop and test rationales for self practice
conduct conventional presentations of outcomes

2.2 Understand harmony in a range of musical contexts
practise and use compositional devices
consider the specifics of contemporary harmony

2.3Develop knowledge of notation
employ acknowledged graphic notation devices to express a range musical ideas

2.4Develop practical application of music theory through ear training
perform and transcribe a variety of complex melodies/bass lines
employ aural analysis to identify a range of melodic and harmonic events

2.5Comprehend a process of graded assessment
employ a music vocabulary for describing work
demonstrate the integration of conceptual knowledge and practice
consider and reflect upon composition processes and decisions
participate in on-going formative assessment
consider, discuss and document self and peer performances for graded assessment

Performance and articulation markings

3.2Contextual Research
Contextual research into contemporary domain values and constructs
Case studies and selected readings
Research strategies and reports

3.3Musicological analysis
Contemporary methods and debates
Case studies and selected examples
Disciplinary history

3.4Transcription of repertoire
3.5Advanced Compositional applications
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lecturer prescribes exercises that examine compositional issues and techniques.
Lecturer prescribes procedures for approaching problems in exercises.
Students initiate practice relating to the acquisition of musicianship skills.
Lecturer identifies problems with students' process within the above stages and proposes strategies for addressing these problems.
Students participate in formative assessment, lecturer provides format.
Lecturer performs graded assessment.
Assessment Criteria
Assignment 150
Assignment 250

To pass this module, students must complete all assignments and accumulate
an overall module mark of no less than 50