In this course, you will study the history of popular music and culture in 20th and 21st Century Western traditions. You will use this knowledge to engage in analytical and creative tasks that include songwriting, production and recording. These tasks will culminate in a sound recording reflective of your historically informed approach to songwriting and studio production.
|Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities.||1.5hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops.||2hrs||Week 1||11 times|
Blues, Jazz, Tin-Pan Alley, Rock n Roll, Funk, Soul and Disco, Punk, Country, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Critical listening, Musicology, Music Production, Recording studio
200 Level (Developing)
|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||Analyse and assess the connection between key historical events, cultural contexts, politics, music and popular culture||Sustainability-focussed|
|2||Examine and participate in critical discussions regarding popular music and its cultural and social context using key academic frameworks.||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Develop an intermediate knowledge of song and lyric writing based on the practices of relevant historical periods in popular music.||Knowledgeable|
|4||Develop an intermediate knowledge of record and music production based on the practices of relevant historical periods in music recording.||Knowledgeable|
|5||Produce a recorded music artefact of your own creative work taking into consideration particular historical music production processes.||Engaged|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
MUS100 or MUS101
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 and an assessment rubric, provided to students prior to commencing, students will self-assess and peer assess throughout the entire course. This assessment will be moderated and finalised by the Course Coordinator.
|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||Individual||30%||
5 minutes + slides with references
|Week 5||In Class|
|Week 10||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece||Individual and Group||40%||
2-5 minute recording and 500 words
|Exam Period||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Presentation of a Producer and Production Innovation|
In this assessment, you will present your research on a producer or particular production innovation from the 20th and 21st-century recording industry.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative|
You will select and research a music producer and/or innovative production technique and develop a 5-minute oral presentation discussing the historical context, technical information and reasoning of your choice. You must submit your slides/visuals including references.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Analysis of a Song of your Choice|
In this assessment, you will select a song from a particular time period and research, analyse and discuss the work and its social and cultural context.
You will select a song and use critical listening to analyse the production aspects of the work. You will situate this analysis with reference to the cultural and social context and how production choices contribute to meaning making. You need to provide a reference list.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Historic Production of Original Song|
This assessment aims to apply your knowledge as a songwriter and producer to create an original work using a historically informed production approach.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece|
You will create a recording of an original song individually or as a group that demonstrates an applied knowledge of specific historical production and songwriting practice. This recording will implement technical knowledge of relevant historical production and songwriting practice to create a sound recording. You will outline your contribution to the songwriting and production choices detailing your approaches as social and cultural acts in a 500-word 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. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
It is recommended that students have basic DAW competency for this course. Students are expected to make themselves available for autonomous recording sessions. Students must therefore consider their availability on evenings and weekends as well as normal working hours.
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