COMPOSITION FOLIO - 2017/8

Module code: MUSM044

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES MJ Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

45

ECT Credits

22.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO OF COMPOSITIONS 90%
Coursework ORAL PRESENTATION ON YOUR WORK 10%

Alternative Assessment

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A pass in Composition B.

Module overview

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

Module aims

To prepare and present a folio of compositions, demonstrating control of style and a professional technique, and to provide, in support, a document that discusses selected aspects of your work.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a level of compositional technique appropriate for a professional composer, including versatility and appropriate handling of instruments, voices and other media.
Independently conceive, develop and realise your work.
Present your work to a high professional standard appropriate to the media (recording, score etc).
Demonstrate detailed knowledge of techniques, media and repertoires relevant to the particular sphere of work.
Gain the necessary training and experience preparatory to further postgraduate study in composition.
Provide a written account of your practice that is contextual aware, theoretically informed, and insightfully reflective.
Take responsibility with minimum direction.
Demonstrate detailed knowledge of aesthetic and cultural debates relevant to the particular sphere of work.
Understand and exhibit a high level of critical awareness of the approach adopted and of its relationship to practice relevant to the particular sphere of work. 
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques/methodologies applicable to your work. T
Show originality in problem solving. T
Demonstrate independent and self-critical learning. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Tutorial guidance on expressing your own compositional practice, through a well developed technique, with results that should show a certain professionalism, and guidance on the writing of the supporting document.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

You and your tutors will work together to prepare a composition folio and a written document in support of your folio.

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:


Feedback from tutors on developing work, and an oral viva.


Summative assessment for this module includes


A commentary (worth 10% of the final grade) in the range of 1000-2000 words (not including references), demonstrating a theoretical understanding, critical reflection and contextual awareness of particular compositional skills in relation to your own and wider creative practice. (Learning outcomes 1-2, 4-6, 8-12)



A portfolio of works (worth 90% of the final grade) demonstrating a professional level of compositional skill in idiomatic realisation and critical awareness. (Learning outcomes 1-5, 7-12)


Detailed feedback on the written commentary and portfolio of works are given (with a breakdown of strengths and weaknesses) in written format and during the viva in order to enhance continuing compositional practice.

Reading list

Reading list for COMPOSITION FOLIO : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/musm044

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.