Module code: TON2021

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce and develop the skills needed in professional music production of a variety of genres.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH Caroline (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 4

Independent Learning Hours: 113

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None for Tonmeister students

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Score reading and interpretation from different musical periods

  • Use and interpretation of outline scores for improvised music

  • Performance comparison and evaluation

  • Recording session planning

  • Recording session etiquette and decision making

  • Post production workflow in different contexts

  • Editing both using a score and by ear

  • Addition of parts and arranging for pop production

  • Aural training

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Score-based production assignment 40
Coursework Non-score-based production assignment 40
Coursework Continuous assessment - online aural training 10
School-timetabled exam/test Aural test 10

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop your abilities in core skills relating to production and score studies, and to demonstrate these skills by applying them to professionally relevant tasks.  

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework 1 - Score-based plotting and editing exercise

  • Coursework 2 - Non-score-based exercise

  • Continuous assessment - online aural training exercises

  • Class test or exam - aural test

Formative assessment

Formative assessment in Aural skills will be given as part of the continuous assessment. Formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and during practical seminars.


Written feedback will be given for all coursework assignments.  

Module aims

  • Provide the opportunity for improving aural skills
  • Develop score reading skills
  • Develop the interpersonal and practical skills needed for production of a variety of musical genres

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Read and understand a score with confidence and fluency KCP
002 Identify performance errors using a musical score of different genres KC
003 Compare perceptively the relative merits of different performances KC
004 Mark up a musical score for post production using conventional notation KCP
005 Identify some approaches that might be taken when running a classical session KCP
006 Edit together takes to form a seamless whole and cohesive performance KCP
007 Interpret and follow a score of an improvised nature KCP
008 Identify and implement a workable production workflow in a broad variety of genres including overdubbed contexts KCP
009 Use creative editing in non-score contexts KCP
010 Critical listening skills PT
011 Problem solving 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 practical and critical listening skills and your abilities in score reading, production and post-production. Your aural skills will be developed through the regular use of a software-based training package. 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • One-hour or two-hour lectures each week

  • One hour per week aural training software to be used as tracked self study

  • Workshops to include session observation

  • Guided reading/listening

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
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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.