COMPOSITION 2B - 2017/8

Module code: MUS2036

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES MJ Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - PORTFOLIO AND COMMENTARY 100%

Alternative Assessment

None

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None for Music and Tonmeister students, otherwise by approval from relevant departmental heads

Module overview

This module seeks to advance individual compositional practice.

Module aims

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.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Carry out research and analysis in support of creative practice. KCP
Have an improved understanding of theoretical concepts relating to compositional practice. KCP
Compose strongly idiomatic music. P
Have an improved set of instrumental, technological and production skills. P
Improve your listening skills, and the understanding and appreciation of a wide range of musical styles. T
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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

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
Modes
Process and compositional systems
Electro-acoustic composition
Cryptograms and Sonification
Improvisation, Indeterminancy and Chance

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:


Lectures.
Seminars.
Tutorials.
Workshops.
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.

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 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.


Summative assessment

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

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.

Reading list

Reading list for COMPOSITION 2B : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mus2036

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 2017/8 academic year.