COMPOSITION 2B - 2023/4
Module code: MUS2036
This module develops your knowledge and practice of compositional techniques and concepts, and their application in a range of stylistic contexts.
Music and Media
MERMIKIDES Milton (Music & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: W300
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 12
Seminar Hours: 6
Tutorial Hours: 2
Guided Learning: 12
Captured Content: 12
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
None for Music and Tonmeister students, otherwise by approval from relevant departmental heads
The following is an indication of the likely topics to be covered:
- Idiomatic composition for solo instruments, ensemble and/or electronics
- Notation for contemporary music.
- Compositional methodology.
- Content related to student work.
- Presentation and discussion of student work.
- Module content addressing broadly applicable compositional techniques informed by a range of sources.
Theoretical areas may include (indicative content)
- Scale construction
- Process and compositional systems
- Electro-acoustic composition
- Cryptograms and Sonification
- Improvisation, Indeterminancy and Chance
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK - PORTFOLIO AND COMMENTARY||100|
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 for this module consists of:
- Weekly compositional exercises exploring particular techniques
- Feedback during workshops and/or Surreylearn
- An unassessed presentation in week 10 on the students’ developing portfolios and research.
Student learning is assessed through a compositional portfolio (worth 100% of the final grade) which includes
- A suggested number of 3 notated works with a total duration of up to 15 minutes.
- A commentary of up to 2000 words analysing the works and providing critical reflection and contextualisation of creative practice.
- An audio realisation of the works.
- A score or relevant notation of the works
This will gauge the strength and weaknesses of various areas including
- theoretical understanding of module concepts
- Initiative and rigour of research skills
- Idiomatic and impact of musical application
- Presentation of commentary and scores
- Creativity and ambition of projects
- Critical reflection and evidence of awarness of, and contextualisation with, relevant compositional practice.
- Quality of audio realisations of works.
Feedback is given throughout the module, through compositional exercises, workshops and tutorials. Detailed feedback on the portfolio is given (with a breakdown of strengths and weaknesses) in order to enhance continuing compositional practice.
- Develop research and analysis in support of creative practice.
- Develop musicianship skills in support of creative practice.
- Develop skills in writing about creative practice.
- Develop individual compositional practice.
|001||Carry out research and analysis in support of creative practice.||KCT|
|002||Have an improved understanding of theoretical concepts relating to compositional practice.||KCP|
|003||Compose strongly idiomatic music.||P|
|004||Have an improved set of instrumental, technological and production skills.||P|
|005||Improve your listening skills, and the understanding and appreciation of a wide range of musical styles.||T|
|006||Develop a critical attitude towards the sources of knowledge you draw on during your studies and learn how to manage the information they contain in order to meet the demands of your assignments.||CT|
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:
Encourage an active engagement with compositional practice through concept-led research and listening in a wide range of styles, and practical experience in writing for a range of idioms (using instrumental, electronic and mixed media).
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Guided reading and listening.
- Responding to questions in class.
- Preparing and giving class presentations.
- Producing a portfolio of research material and an accompanying composition.
- Producing a portfolio of individual compositional work.
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
|Music BMus (Hons)||2||Optional||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|
|Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons)||2||Compulsory||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 2023/4 academic year.