In this course, you will study the foundations of songwriting and sound recording in a digital environment. Lecturers and industry practitioners will guide you as you engage in the basic theories and skills of lyric writing, harmony, melody, and musical form. You will apply that knowledge in a number of music production tasks, including recording, overdubbing, editing and mixing. These tasks and knowledge will culminate in a produced original sound recording of your original song.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous and scheduled face to face workshops.||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||10 times|
|Seminar – Synchronous, face to face seminars (Recorded).||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Once Only|
|Information session – Synchronous online Task Information Sessions (Recorded/ All cohort/ Shared with Online).||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||2 times|
Basic songwriting, Basic lyric writing, DAW proficiency, Recording audio, Writing rhythm, Writing harmony and melody, Virtual instruments, Songwriting to brief, Basic audio mixing.
100 Level (Introductory)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Develop a foundation knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations and the process of recording audio for songwriting||Knowledgeable|
|2||Demonstrate an understanding of songwriting and lyric writing principles and theory based on industry concepts and instructional literature.||Empowered|
|3||Create and manage a DAW session with correct signal path, multitracked audio, appropriate plugin use, edited and balanced to create a digital audio track.||Creative and critical thinker|
|4||Develop an understanding of the recording process including knowledge of microphones, and other analogue technologies.||Knowledgeable|
|5||Apply your songwriting and music production knowledge to build a demonstration recording for communicating musical concepts and ideas.||Creative and critical thinker|
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
An opportunity exists in every workshop to produce and perform creative work individually and/or in small peer groups. Using assessment criteria or an assessment rubric, provided to students prior to commencing, students will self-assess and peer assess throughout the entire course.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece||Individual||30%||
2-4 minute recording plus lyric sheet.
|Week 5||Online Submission|
|All||2||Artefact - Creative||Individual||30%||
Approximately 30 minutes.
|Week 9||Online Submission|
|All||3||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece||Individual||40%||
2-4 minute recording plus lyric sheet and 300-500 words.
|Week 13||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Lyrics and Harmony: Song Sketch|
This assessment task will develop skills in lyric writing and basic songwriting skills, including harmony, melody, and structure.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece|
In this task, you will engage in industry-led practices in professional songwriting. You will develop a set of lyrics according to the principles taught during semester. The lyrics will be accompanied by basic musical elements and formed into a ‘song sketch’, including an outline of basic song structure, harmony and melody. This song sketch should be delivered as a basic recording plus a lyric sheet.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Songwriting in a DAW|
In this task, you will develop and demonstrate technical skills in a DAW by songwriting in response to prompts.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative|
You will be provided with a detailed list of tasks to complete in order to demonstrate your knowledge of DAWs and their associated workflow. The resulting song/s should adhere to the songwriters toolkit discussed in classes. You will be given a limited amount of time to complete this assessment item.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Songwriting to a brief|
This assessment task will place your developing songwriting skills into a common industry framework of practice.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece|
In this task, you will be provided a mock industry publisher’s brief outlining a set of parameters required for your songwriting. You will apply your songwriter’s toolkit and knowledge of DAWs to develop a song that fits these parameters. You will present your creative work as a demonstration recording and accompanying lyric sheet. You will also submit 300-500 words outlining your songwriting and production intentions in line with the publisher's brief.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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