Module code: MUS3049

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MUS2035 (Composition 2A) or MUS2036 (Composition 2B) with a mark of at least 60%, or permission from Module Co-ordinator.

Module overview

This module seeks to advance individual compositional practice in a wide range of genres to a professional level.

Module aims

Develop professionalism in approach to and quality of work.

Develop flexibility and imaginative responsiveness to creative challenge.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Create compositions of a professional standard. P
2 Produce idiomatic work across a variety of styles and/or contexts. PT
3 Show awareness of relevant compositional practice and contextualize your work accordingly. KC
4 Carry out research and analysis in support of creative practice. KCP
5 Have an improved understanding of theoretical concepts relating to compositional practice. KCP
6 Have an improved set of instrumental, technological and production skills PT
7 Improve your listening skills, and the understanding and appreciation of a wide range of musical styles PT
8 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
9 Develop the ability to present and communicate pertinent aspects in the field. PT

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.
Writing for ensemble.
Integration of electronics.
Notation for contemporary music.
Compositional methodology.
Content related to student work.
Presentation and discussion of student work.

Module content addressing

instruments & idioms
particular artists/genres and
broadly applicable compositional techniques

Methods of Teaching / Learning

 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 and feedback for this module consists of:

Weekly compositional exercises exploring particular techniques
Feedback from performers in workshops

Summative assessment for this module includes

An oral presentation (worth 20% of the final grade) no longer than 10 minutes, detailing some aspect of the student’s work, or of a relevant artist or piece(s). This is assessed on communication, knowledge and contextualisation. (Learning outcomes 3-9)
A portfolio of 3 works (total duration 5-16 minutes), with scores, audio realisation and a commentary of up to 1500 words. The portfolio is assessed on theoretical knowledge of the module concepts, idiomatic, imaginative and effective musical application of module concepts, contextualisation and reflection of creative practice, score and commentary presentation and writing style, and idiomatic realization of the works (Learning outcomes 1-8). The portfolio is worth 80% of the final grade.

Detailed feedback on the presentation and portfolio is given (with a breakdown of strengths and weaknesses) in order to enhance continuing compositional practice.

Reading list

Reading list for COMPOSITION 3A :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music BMus (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons) 1 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 2017/8 academic year.