Module code: MUSM044

Module Overview

This module seeks to advance to a high professional level individual compositional practice.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES Milton (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W300

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 418

Seminar Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A pass in Composition B.

Module content

The content of the module is adapted to the individual compositional aims of each student.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their compositional skills through engagement with contemporary compositional techniques, theories and awareness of relevant creative practice.

The formative assessment and feedback for this module consists of:

  • Feedback from tutors on developing work, and an oral viva.

Summative assessment for this module includes

  • A commentary (worth 10% of the final grade) in the range of 1000-2000 words (not including references), demonstrating a theoretical understanding, critical reflection and contextual awareness of particular compositional skills in relation to your own and wider creative practice. (Learning outcomes 1-2, 4-6, 8-12)

  • A portfolio of works (worth 90% of the final grade) demonstrating a professional level of compositional skill in idiomatic realisation and critical awareness. (Learning outcomes 1-5, 7-12)

Detailed feedback on the written commentary and portfolio of works are given (with a breakdown of strengths and weaknesses) in written format and during the viva in order to enhance continuing compositional practice.

Module aims

  • To prepare and present a folio of compositions, demonstrating control of style and a professional technique, and to provide, in support, a document that discusses selected aspects of your work.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a level of compositional technique appropriate for a professional composer, including versatility and appropriate handling of instruments, voices and other media.
2 Independently conceive, develop and realise your work.
3 Present your work to a high professional standard appropriate to the media (recording, score etc).
4 Demonstrate detailed knowledge of techniques, media and repertoires relevant to the particular sphere of work.
5 Gain the necessary training and experience preparatory to further postgraduate study in composition.
6 Provide a written account of your practice that is contextual aware, theoretically informed, and insightfully reflective.
7 Take responsibility with minimum direction.
8 Demonstrate detailed knowledge of aesthetic and cultural debates relevant to the particular sphere of work.
9 Understand and exhibit a high level of critical awareness of the approach adopted and of its relationship to practice relevant to the particular sphere of work. 
10 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques/methodologies applicable to your work. T
11 Show originality in problem solving. T
12 Demonstrate independent and self-critical learning. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

You and your tutors will work together to prepare a composition folio and a written document in support of your folio.

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
Music (Composition) MMus 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.