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MAPA504 – Songwriting

Module code
Module title
To introduce students to the fundamentals of songwriting. This course will cover songwriting practice in a range of musical contexts.
  • BM1801
  • BM1802
  • BM1901
  • BM1902
  • BM7000
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Identify codes and conventions of popular song
2. Apply fundamental songwriting techniques in the creation of a portfolio of work
3. Demonstrate ability to act and think through a reflective process
• Idea generation
• Prosody
• Song form and structure
• Lyric writing
• Musical considerations
• Genre
• Songwriting tools
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. Students need to provide sufficient evidence against all learning outcomes and gain an overall mark of at least 50% in order to pass this module.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Project, Inquiry and Studio based learning. Other methods will involve online activities, ePortfolio, tutorials, lectures, workshops, group activities, guest speakers, field trips, critiques, collaborative projects, as appropriate

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