HARMONY 2 - 2017/8

Module code: MUS2058

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES MJ Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

W343

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework STANDARD JAZZ PORTFOLIO 30
Coursework CONTEMPORARY JAZZ AND POP PORTFOLIO 40
Examination ANALYSIS (90 MINUTES) 30

Alternative Assessment

None

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MUS1028 (Harmony 1) is a pre-requisite for this module

Module overview

This module provides an opportunity for advanced study of harmony within the context of Anglo-American popular music of the past century from the standard jazz repertoire to progressive pop, rock, fusion and contemporary jazz.

Module aims

To instill the theoretical principles and practical deployment of advanced harmony relevant across a range of popular music genres.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Create convincing pastiches in lead sheet form of advanced examples from the main styles of popular music in terms of harmony, melody and form; PT
Adequately incorporate more advanced harmonic, melodic, and formal elements of popular songs into different styles; KPT
Functionally analyse the harmony of any given example of music; KCT
Adopt advanced harmonic theoretical and practical knowledge in wider creative practice. CPT
Identify harmonic characteristics in a range of popular music styles. KCPT
Prepare accurate and useful lead sheets KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

This module covers the main tonal principles of popular music harmony found in styles such as rock, pop, blues and standard jazz, as well as an introduction to more advanced concepts of contemporary jazz, progressive rock, pop and fusion. Indicative content includes:


Chord construction (Triad, 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th chords)
Diatonic chords of the major scale and minor scale.
Borrowing from the parallel minor scale
The diatonic cycle of 5ths
The major and minor ii-V
Secondary dominants (and related IIs)
Tritone substituted dominants (and related IIs)
Blues I7 IV7 and blues scales
ii-Vs in motion
Motif and melody chord relationship
Types of Modulations and Bridges
Contrapuntally Embellished Static Harmony (CESH)
The minor descending line Cm Cm/Bb Aø
I – bVI7(bIIIm7)
Types of Parallelism
Chromatic and other 2 Chord Vamps
Slash, upper-structure and poly-chords
Open, closed, Drop-II and Drop-III voicings
Non-tertial harmony
Intervallic structures (e.g. Zappa structures, µ chords etc.)
Chord sequences and modal ‘islands’

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module consists of eleven two-hour lectures. The lectures will include theoretical and practical demonstrations of harmonic theory. Students will be expected to complete weekly aural, written, and/or compositional tasks.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and develop new theoretical concepts and practical skills. 

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

Two compositional portfolios and commentaries demonstrating the theoretical and practical understanding of the module concepts in idiomatic creative practice.

Coursework 1 (30% of final grade): A portfolio of 2 pieces in a standard jazz style, each with a commentary (no more than 500 words), lead sheet and audio realisation. This is assessed on the basis of theoretical understanding and idiomatic application of the relevant module concepts, as well as quality of score production. (Learning outcomes 1-6).

Coursework 2 (40% of final grade): A portfolio of 2 pieces in a contemporary jazz or pop style, and one piece in any style. Each piece is to include a commentary (no more than 500 words), lead sheet and audio realisation. This portfolio is assessed on the basis of theoretical understanding and idiomatic application of the relevant module concepts, as well as quality of score production. (Learning outcomes 1-6).

Exam (30%). A 90 minute exam focusing on the harmonic analysis of previously unseen material from a wide range popular and contemporary music styles.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will be given a series of weekly compositional exercises. These are not assessed but will provide students with formative feedback via Surreylearn and in class. These exercises can also be used as foundations for the summative assessments. 

Reading list

Reading list for HARMONY 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mus2058

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Music Technology Bmus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) Bmus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music BMus (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.