Courses & Units

Contemporary Techniques A FCP103


Students are required to achieve a minimum of 50% for both the Aural and Theory components of this unit in order to gain a pass overall.


This unit builds upon the skills and understanding gained in Music Materials 1A. The purpose of the unit is to develop musicianship through the study of jazz and contemporary music theory, notation, and aural skills. Students will engage in a variety of activities aimed at connecting the theoretical and practical aspects of music making whilst developing deeper abilities in music literacy, harmonic analysis, rhythm, and improvisational/compositional techniques integral to jazz and contemporary music practice.


Unit name Contemporary Techniques A
Unit code FCP103
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Discipline Music

Mr Alistair Dobson

Teaching staff

Profile and Sessional Staff

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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FCP101 or FCT110

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

FCN120 Foundation Core Studies


Teaching Pattern

1 x 90 minute lecture (theory)

2 x 60 minute workshop (aural)


Theory: 50% (2 x assignments, 1 x exam)

Aural:    50% (4 x workshop tests, 2 x in-class performance, 1 x exam)

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