CREATIVE PRACTICE A - 2017/8

Module code: MUSM045

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

THOMPSON B Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2000-WORD ESSAY 50%
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE 50%

Alternative Assessment

None

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This module introduces the theory and practice of free improvisation (both acoustic and digital) as a tool for creative musicianship.

Module aims

Enable you to develop your skills as a creative practitioner, technically and artistically.

Apply improvisational and collaborative working methods as appropriate to your area of specialism.

Realise an original programme of work across any combination of creative practice including, for example, composition, performance, improvisation, musical arrangement, studio and live-electronic production or mixed/multi-media production.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Contextualise improvisational practice. KC
Describe and explain theory associated with creativity and free improvisation. KC
Understand formal and aesthetic dimensions of improvised music making. KC
Successfully engage in freely improvised music making. KP
Understand the significance of free improvisation within other musical practices. K
Apply improvisational strategies to other areas of the musicianship.  PT
Work effectively with a member of a group as leader or member. 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

The following is an indication of the likely content of the module:


Overview of relevant repertoire, including 20th century classical (American experimental tradition and European avant-garde), jazz and other freely improvised musics.
Introduction to selected theory concerning musical creativity and free improvisation.
Workshops on the practice of group free improvisation.
Exploring the relevance of improvisational strategies to forms of creative practice (composition, performance, etc.)

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop a student’s conceptual, contextual and practical knowledge of free improvisation (in both the  acoustic and digital donaibs) as a tool for creative musicianship.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Plenary sessions
Seminars
Workshops
Class Discussion
Performance
Presentation
Instrumental Tuition (as appropriate to specialism)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Conceptual and practical understanding and engagement with the student’s particular domain of creative practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Essay (LO 1-3, 5)
Performance (LO 1-8)


Formative assessment and Feedback

There are no formative assessments for this module, but tutorials will allow feedback on students’ work in progress, both in terms of conception and practical execution.

Detailed feedback on the written commentary and portfolio of works are given (with a breakdown of strengths and weaknesses) in written format (as well as the option for a post-assessment tutorial) in order to enhance continuing creative practice.

Reading list

Reading list for CREATIVE PRACTICE A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/musm045

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.