COMPOSITION 3B - 2017/8

Module code: MUS3050

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

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 - COMPOSITION PORTFOLIO 80%
Coursework ORAL PRESENTATION 20%

Alternative Assessment

None

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MUS2035 (Composition 2A) or MUS2036 (Composition 2B) are pre-requisities for this module

Module overview

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

Module aims

Develop professionalism in approach to and quality of work.

Independently develop coherent and convincing compositions relevant to contemporary practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
To create idiomatic and innovative work of a professional standard. P
Independently conceive, develop and realise your work. KCPT
Provide a written and oral account of your practice that is contextually aware, theoretically informed, and insightfully reflective. KCPT
Demonstrate significant theoretical and analytical skills. KCPT
Carry out research and analysis in support of creative practice. KCT
Have an improved set of instrumental, technological and production skills. PT
Improve your listening skills, and the understanding and appreciation of a wide range of musical styles. PT
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:

• Contemporary harmonic, rhythmic, motivic, structural and instrumental technique

• How to develop an effective independent compositional practice.

• How to write about your practical work.

• Content related to student work.

• Presentation and discussion of student work.

Methods of Teaching / Learning


Lectures.
Seminars.
Tutorials.
Workshops.
Guided reading and listening.
Responding to questions in class.
Preparing and giving class presentations.
Producing a portfolio of individual compositional work and commentary.
Module content addressing 1) instruments & idioms 2) particular artists/genres and 3) broadly applicable compositional techniques 

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 works (a suggested number of 3 pieces, with a total duration 7-15 minutes), with scores, audio realisation and a commentary of 1500-2000 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 3B : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mus3050

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.