Module code: MUS1036

Module Overview

The basic purpose of this module is allow a flexible approach to improving your musicianship in semester two by offering separate and joint pathways in performance and composition. You will continue studying the same instrument/voice as in semester one and/or study composition using tonal and modal techniques. Performing and/or composing skills are learned and employed in practical situations through the preparation and presentation of your own performances, composition exercises and pieces. The module will enable you to develop skills in working creatively with melodic and harmonic elements and techniques in tonal/modal music and writing for instruments. It will enable you to develop basic independent learning skills in your individual instrumental/vocal discipline, and to expand your performing skills as both a solo and an ensemble performer. You will also develop practical skills in and understanding of event management. 

If you opt for performance or performance and arrangement you are required to take tuition in a single instrument/voice only, and you may not change that discipline without re-auditioning. Such re-auditions will only take place between academic years, and if you wish to re-audition you must inform the Module Leader by the end of the preceding July. The assumption is that you will continue with the same instrument, style and tutor as you were having at the preceding level.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG Thomas (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

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: Associated Board Grade 7 or equivalent standard in the instrument being studied and the permission of the Module Leader. 

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • techniques for working creatively with melodic and harmonic elements of tonal/modal music

  • the analysis and discussion of existing compositions in a variety of styles

  • performance/recordings of practical work in class

  • idiomatic instrumental writing

  • learning and preparing new instrumental/vocal repertoire oriented towards the development of instrumental technique

  • performing that repertoire in concerts and seminars, and if appropriate, in studio recordings

  • learning new technical skills appropriate to you, and consolidating previously-learned skills

  • learning a basic range of skills in event management

  • learning and performing repertoire for choir/chamber choir/orchestra.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment SOLO PERFORMANCE AND/OR COMPOSITION 70
Practical based assessment EVENT MANAGEMENT DUTIES 15

Alternative Assessment

*Choir/Orchestra/Chamber Choir, and Event management duties will be replaced by written coursework of 1000 words.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

  • a core level of technical competence in tonal/modal composition (LO1,2)

  • a core level of experience of collaboration in both music creation and performance (LO3, 6, 7)

  • a core level of technical and musical competence in performance (LO4, 5)

  • a core level of experience in a large ensemble, to include aural skills development (LO6)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of three units of assessment:

  • Solo performance and/or composition (the content of this varies according to pathway - see ‘Units of assessment’ above):

    • a performance in private playing a solo piece/s (LO1, 4, 5). You have the option of submitting a 200 word commentary to the examiners outlining what you consider to be the most important interpretative features of the programme you will be presenting

    • selected composition exercises drawn from a larger set completed during the module (LOs 1-3)

    • composition and performance of a tonal/modal piece. (LOs 1-3)

  • Weekly contribution to choir/orchestra/chamber choir/own choice ensemble (LO4-6). This is marked by submission of a 500 word statement describing your learning over the semester.

  • Event management duties (organised on a rota basis throughout the module) (LO7). This is marked by submission of a 300 word statement evaluating your performance in this role. 

Formative assessment

  • Formative assessment in tonal/modal composition will be delivered by exercises and assignments completed for each of the five seminars.

  • Students on the performance or performance and arrangement pathways are required to give least one performance as a soloist on their main study instrument in a concert or workshop before their assessment

  • Rehearsals and discussions with staff and peers


  • instrumental/vocal tutors

  • staff (including formal concert feedback)

  • accompanists

  • conductors

  • peers

  • self-observation of recordings

Module aims

  • develop your confidence and ability in working creatively with tonal/modal materials
  • introduce you to a range of techniques for tonal/modal composition by studying examples composed in a range os styles
  • deepen your knowledge of composing for your own instrument
  • develop your knowledge of composing for other instruments and performers
  • develop a range of basic skills and techniques appropriate to working on your instrument/voice, i) practising and performance strategies and ii) self-confidence through thorough preparation
  • develop your skills and perceptions as both solo and ensemble performer, i) awareness while performing, ii) communication with your audience, iii) coping with performance anxiety
  • extend your aural skills
  • develop critical listening skills
  • increase your knowledge of repertoire
  • identify good practice in event management to enable you to contribute effectively as part of a team.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Composition-related learning outcomes - on successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
2 Utilise the relationships between melody, harmony and phrase structure to compose short exercises and pieces KCP
3 Use a range of techniques to create and manipulate tonal and modal materials within various levels of constraint KP
4 Compose effectively for a range of instruments played by students on the module P
5 Performance-related learning outcomes - on successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
6 employ an increasing range of technical/musical skills appropriate to your repertoire and suitable as a foundation for further study C
7 Identify and apply appropriate practice and rehearsal techniques C
8 Show awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant P
9 participate effectively in small teams of students in managing events T

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 your ability to work creatively with melodic and harmonic elements of tonal/modal music

  • develop your confidence in writing for your own instrument and help you to write effectively for other instruments

  • develop your ability to think about and explain your working methods and performance decisions

  • develop your instrumental/vocal skills

  • develop your awareness of a range of professional activities (eg recording, and concerts)

  • develop your aural and listening skills

  • develop practical skills in event management

  • develop your ensemble skills 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • one-to-one lessons on your instrument/voice

  • weekly lectures and/or seminars

  • individual practice and coaching

  • private study

  • observation of concerts given by peers

  • observation of concerts given by professional performers

  • observation of and participation in event management

  • rehearsals with choir/orchestra

  • rehearsals and coaching of unconducted repertoire

  • private listening related to your instrumental studies

  • tutorials.

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.

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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.