PATHWAYS IN MUSICIANSHIP B: PERFORMANCE AND COMPOSITION - 2017/8

Module code: MUS1036

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

W310

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 12

Seminar Hours: 32

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment SOLO PERFORMANCE AND/OR COMPOSITION 70%
Practical based assessment DEPARTMENTAL ENSEMBLE: CHOIR, CHAMBER CHOIR OR ORCHESTRA 15%
Practical based assessment EVENT MANAGEMENT DUTIES 15%

Alternative Assessment

*Choir/Orchestra/Chamber Choir, and Event management duties will be replaced by written coursework of 1000 words.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: Associated Board Grade 7 or equivalent standard in the instrument being studied and the permission of the Module Leader. 

Module overview

The basic purpose of this module is allow a flexible approach to improving your musicianship in semester two by offering separate and joint pathways in performance and composition. You will continue studying the same instrument/voice as in semester one and/or study composition using tonal and modal techniques. Performing and/or composing skills are learned and employed in practical situations through the preparation and presentation of your own performances, composition exercises and pieces. The module will enable you to develop skills in working creatively with melodic and harmonic elements and techniques in tonal/modal music and writing for instruments. It will enable you to develop basic independent learning skills in your individual instrumental/vocal discipline, and to expand your performing skills as both a solo and an ensemble performer. You will also develop practical skills in and understanding of event management. 

Module aims

develop your confidence and ability in working creatively with tonal/modal materials

introduce you to a range of techniques for tonal/modal composition by studying examples composed in a range os styles

deepen your knowledge of composing for your own instrument

develop your knowledge of composing for other instruments and performers

develop a range of basic skills and techniques appropriate to working on your instrument/voice

practising and performance strategies

self-confidence through thorough preparation

develop your skills and perceptions as both solo and ensemble performer

awareness while performing

communication with your audience

coping with performance anxiety

extend your aural skills

develop critical listening skills

increase your knowledge of repertoire

identify good practice in event management to enable you to contribute effectively as part of a team.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Composition-related learning outcomes - on successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
Utilise the relationships between melody, harmony and phrase structure to compose short exercises and pieces KCP
Use a range of techniques to create and manipulate tonal and modal materials within various levels of constraint KP
Compose effectively for a range of instruments played by students on the module P
Performance-related learning outcomes - on successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
employ an increasing range of technical/musical skills appropriate to your repertoire and suitable as a foundation for further study C
Identify and apply appropriate practice and rehearsal techniques C
Show awareness, sensitivity and understanding as an ensemble participant P
participate effectively in small teams of students in managing events T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


techniques for working creatively with melodic and harmonic elements of tonal/modal music
the analysis and discussion of existing compositions in a variety of styles
performance/recordings of practical work in class
idiomatic instrumental writing
learning and preparing new instrumental/vocal repertoire oriented towards the development of instrumental technique
performing that repertoire in concerts and seminars, and if appropriate, in studio recordings
learning new technical skills appropriate to you, and consolidating previously-learned skills
learning a basic range of skills in event management
learning and performing repertoire for choir/chamber choir/orchestra.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


develop your ability to work creatively with melodic and harmonic elements of tonal/modal music
develop your confidence in writing for your own instrument and help you to write effectively for other instruments
develop your ability to think about and explain your working methods and performance decisions
develop your instrumental/vocal skills
develop your awareness of a range of professional activities (eg recording, and concerts)
develop your aural and listening skills
develop practical skills in event management
develop your ensemble skills 


The learning and teaching methods include:


one-to-one lessons on your instrument/voice
weekly lectures and/or seminars
individual practice and coaching
private study
observation of concerts given by peers
observation of concerts given by professional performers
observation of and participation in event management
rehearsals with choir/orchestra
rehearsals and coaching of unconducted repertoire
private listening related to your instrumental studies
tutorials.

Assessment Strategy

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


a core level of technical competence in tonal/modal composition (LO1,2)
a core level of experience of collaboration in both music creation and performance (LO3, 6, 7)
a core level of technical and musical competence in performance (LO4, 5)
a core level of experience in a large ensemble, to include aural skills development (LO6)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of three units of assessment:


Solo performance and/or composition (the content of this varies according to pathway - see ‘Units of assessment’ above):

a performance in private playing a solo piece/s (LO1, 4, 5). You have the option of submitting a 200 word commentary to the examiners outlining what you consider to be the most important interpretative features of the programme you will be presenting
selected composition exercises drawn from a larger set completed during the module (LOs 1-3)
composition and performance of a tonal/modal piece. (LOs 1-3)


Weekly contribution to choir/orchestra/chamber choir/own choice ensemble (LO4-6). This is marked by submission of a 500 word statement describing your learning over the semester.
Event management duties (organised on a rota basis throughout the module) (LO7). This is marked by submission of a 300 word statement evaluating your performance in this role. 


Formative assessment


Formative assessment in tonal/modal composition will be delivered by exercises and assignments completed for each of the five seminars.
Students on the performance or performance and arrangement pathways are required to give least one performance as a soloist on their main study instrument in a concert or workshop before their assessment
Rehearsals and discussions with staff and peers


Feedback


instrumental/vocal tutors
staff (including formal concert feedback)
accompanists
conductors
peers
self-observation of recordings

Reading list

Reading list for PATHWAYS IN MUSICIANSHIP B: PERFORMANCE AND COMPOSITION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mus1036

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.