Full Title:Elements of Popular Music: Strings PR 2014
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC M8079
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to give the student a comprehensive overview of the essential elements of popular music. Students will analyse chart topping hits throughout the decades and examine the musical elements . The module also examines what makes a successful arrangement and involves an introduction to harmony and basic arranging for string instruments.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Analyse techniques used in basic string arrangements.
  2. Apply the fundamentals of harmony.
  3. Write basic string arrangements.
  4. Aurally recognise various types of string instrumentation and voicing in popular music.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Analysis of popular music styles.
Creation of string arrangements through analysis.
Introduction to harmony and melodic composition.
Cadences, phrasing, dynamics and tempo markings.
Introduction to the string family.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.
Introduction to arranging for strings.
Translating basic piano scores and harmonic sequences into string arrangements.
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 Short assignment 2 20.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Class Test Analytical based exercise 1 20.00 0 0 Week 4 0
Project Arrangement for strings 2,3 60.00 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
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
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, W. W. Norton
  • Hardy, P. & Laing, D., Encyclopedia of Rock, Schirmer
  • Iwaschkin, Roman, Popular Music: A Reference Guide, Garland
  • ABRSM 1993, The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part 1, Taylor Eric
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 4 Mandatory