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MU2036: GOING BEYOND THE KEYS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:55


Course Overview

This course explores and develops keyboard skills for a range of musical contexts and aims to develop the practical skills and tackle challenges faced by accompanying in a 21st century setting. Key aspects of music are explored including musicianship, harmony, stylistic chord progressions and voicings, realising accompaniments and blending of the formal with the unexpected. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr James O'neil

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

Going Beyond The Keys is an experiential, ‘hands on’, course which aims to explore the wide range of accompanying skills needed to become confident in the art of accompanying for the wide range of contexts musicians face in the 21st century.    

This course provides students opportunities to  

develop and deploy theory, harmony, scales and musicianship through their accompanying and begin to synthesise these key components in an effective way at the keyboard. Students will begin to understand a variety of stylistic ways of accompaniment and the many contexts in which they may encounter these and begin to understand the dependent nature of the formal and the informal in in contexts such as: 

- choirs, instrumental, classroom, community and theatre.  

Main Learning Outcomes 

Through hands on, experiential sessions, students will: 

-  explore a wide range of accompanying styles 

- explore harmonisation, bass lines and rhythmic devices and 

 - how to deploy these effectively 

-  explore strategies to improve accompaniment realisation 

- learn effective ways to transpose at sight 

 


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 13, 15 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Portfolio

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 13 Feedback Weeks 16

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Feedback

Portfolio assessment consists of video and audio recorded pre-prepared accompaniments with options in:

- genre

- accompanying another musician or accompaniment only

Feedback is given with written or audio notes on their recordings.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateTo demonstrate a range of accompaniment styles through pre-recorded and live performance.
ConceptualCreateTo synthesise key elements of musicianship and apply them to a range of accompaniment styles.

Live Music Performance

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks 18 Feedback Weeks 21

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Feedback

Practical exam consists of a live performance of accompanying from a pre-prepared accompaniment with singer/instrumentalist.

Feedback given with written or audio notes on their recordings.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateTo synthesise key elements of musicianship and apply them to a range of accompaniment styles.
ConceptualCreateTo demonstrate a range of accompaniment styles through pre-recorded and live performance.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Portfolio

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Portfolio assessment consists of video and audio recorded pre-prepared accompaniments with options in:

- genre

- accompanying another musician or accompaniment only

Feedback is given on their recordings.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Live Music Performance

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Practical exam consists of a live performance of accompanying from a pre-prepared accompaniment with singer/instrumentalist.

Feedback given with written or audio notes on their recordings.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateTo synthesise key elements of musicianship and apply them to a range of accompaniment styles.
ConceptualCreateTo demonstrate a range of accompaniment styles through pre-recorded and live performance.

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