This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and use functional harmony.  It applies to individuals who incorporate into their own practice a working knowledge of functional harmony and related theoretical language of music. They may be working as musicians, songwriters or music producers.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - complete at least three harmonic analyses, and; - harmonise at least three musical extracts using functional harmony and appropriate conventions of music writing and terminology. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - describe how to deconstruct musical examples into theoretical components for analysis; - describe elements of functional harmony; - summarise methods used for analysis of functional harmony, and; - describe the contribution of harmony to selected musical compositions and performances.

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