Module code: MUS1033

Module Overview

This module is one of six project based learning modules within the Music degree programme. Project based modules focus on learning in the context of musical practice, based on a professional model of project implementation to realise concerts, compositions and arrangements, conference events, recordings and publications.  Project modules will develop a coordinated and managed group activity based on the project theme, normally a large scale performance or musical outcome, a music creation project with associated conference/performance/material outcomes and documentation. 

This module is a cross year, group project in which students can pursue their own specialism by agreement with the module convener, in the context of a large, coordinated group enterprise. 

Two project module themes will be available in each academic year, each theme will only occur once for each student cohort. Themes have included and will be drawn from:

  • Live! – a large scale popular music performance project featuring student performers, coordinators, sound and lighting technicians, composers and arrangers.

  • Experimental Music – research, creation and performance of 20th Experimental Music repertoire.

  • Orchestration and arrangement – investigations and realisations of orchestration and arrangement techniques in a wide range of musical genres.

  • Dido and Aeneas – contextual and analytical study of Purcell s opera, including a performance and the creation of new works based on associated themes.

  • In C and Process Music – investigations of Musical Minimalism, from 20th to the present.

  • The Music of John Zorn – research in the practice and context of John Zorn s work and the realization of his works for a range of ensembles.

  • Soundscape and Sound installation – practical investigations of contemporary sound art practice, including field recording and study of contemporary sound based works.

  • Frank Zappa – an investigation of Zappa s legacy and performance of works for a variety of ensembles.

  • Historically Informed Performance Practice – study and presentation of historically informed performances of pre-20th repertoire.

Other project themes may be offered.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

BOWER Bruno (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 18

Independent Learning Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 8

Seminar Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Music admission requirements

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Contextual academic study of the music theme, e.g. the study of related repertoire, historical contexts, the study of pertinent analytical methods, composition or performance techniques.

  • Management workshops and team-working implementation

  • Performance-practice related to the annual theme

  • Technical implementation, presentation and management of a large scale music event or outcome

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Assessment replaced with written coursework of 3000 words

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and to develop knowledge and understanding related to the project theme and to the implementation of large-scale, collaborative music outcomes. The strategy is designed to accommodate a personal assessment profile and their ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Individual assessment weighting profiles will be agreed up to one week before the final project outcome. Weightings may range from 0-100% for each of the following assessment options:

Performance specialism
Composition/arrangement specialism
Discursive written specialism
Management and coordination specialism

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Practical-based assessment (80%) of composition, performance, written discursive work, or managerial contributions to the project, weighted in line with individual student assessment profile, agreed with the each student. (Addresses learning outcomes 3, 4, 6)

  • Coursework - written self-reflective project report (10%) featuring critical commentary and self-assessment of the student's activities within the project, their function and support for group work including an explanation of the approaches and strategies developed to deliver project tasks. (Addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, 7)

  • Coursework - written peer-reflective project report (10%) relating to collaborative group work and effective delivery of responsibilities throughout the project. (Addresses learning outcomes 5, 7)

    Formative assessment



    Detailed written feedback will be provided within three weeks of the assignment submission.

    Verbal formative feedback will be given throughout the project during workshops and seminars.


Module aims

  • Allow students to acquire group working practices.
  • Introduce music project development in a professional context.
  • Facilitate composition, scholarship and performance.
  • Present a large-scale event or similar music outcome.
  • Enable scholarly study based on an annual theme.
  • Support scholarly study and sub-disciplinary knowledge acquisition through a first-hand engagement with practice related to an annual music theme.
  • Acquire an understanding of the relationships between theory and practice in music.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Acquire skills to mange and coordinate group working in Music. PT
2 Acquire specialised knowledge of composition or performance or event implementation skills related to the annual theme KCT
3 Implement group working and group assessment strategies for musical creation. PT
4 Understand the practical and technical requirement of staging a large-scale musical event. KPT
5 Be a competent and effective team-member. PT
6 Gather, synthesise and reflect critically on work in progress. KC
7 Realise independent and group work. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop knowledge and experience in the realisation and coordination of a large-scale musical outcome. This will include the acquisition of detailed musical knowledge relating to the annual topic, and of the practical and managerial concerns required to implement a large-scale project.  The mixed learning and teaching strategies allow students to draw on their own specialist interests within the field, and to collaborate with fellow students to identify and apply collective skills to best effect.  The strategy will also introduce techniques and styles of academic writing, analysis or composition including correct procedures for citation, research and event implementation which will be critical to student success in FHEQ levels 5 and 6.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Seminars

  • Group work

  • Workshops

  • Student-led seminars

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music BMus (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 2 Optional 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 2019/0 academic year.