Full Title:Element of Popular Music (Piano & Strings)
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC M8076
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to enable students to write and arrange piano music for popular music settings. The main approach is one of composition through analysis, where through engagement with existing material and deconstruction for analytical purposes, students gain insights into established techniques of arranging music for piano. There is a focus on harmony and arranging for piano in popular music. Student should be confident to synthesise this information and create their own piano arrangements for popular music pieces.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify stylistic traits within popular music piano styles.
  2. Analyse harmonic sequences used in popular music arrangements.
  3. Examine how popular music is arranged through invesigative analysis.
  4. Create piano parts within arrangements of popular music.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to popular music arranging
Analyses of arrangements in popular music
Introduction to piano arranging
Practical arranging of harmonic sequences as piano accompaniment to melodic material
Introduction to piano performance in popular music
Investigation of piano styles in popular music.
Music theory
Application of music theory
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Revision of music theory: key signatures, transposition; identification and notation of chords and inversions; identification and notation of scales; piano scores. 2,3 20.00 0 0 Week 4 0
Class Test Critical listening test 1,2,3 20.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Keyboard performance: piano score; sightreading. 2,3,4 20.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Project Submit a project that provides evidence of creative arranging of music for piano in a popular music style. 1,2,3,4 40.00 0 0 Week 12 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Adler, Samuel 2002, The Study of Orchestration, 3rd Ed., Norton
  • Machin, David 2010, Analysing Popular Music: image, sound, text, Sage
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 3 Mandatory