|Assessment Type||Unit of Assessment||Weighting %|
|Coursework||Project Activity Report & Self Assessment (500 Words)||10|
|Practical Based Assessment||Final Assessment - Four Components||80|
A 3000 word set essay based on the module theme
This module is one of six project-based learning modules within the Music degree programme. Project-based modules focus on learning in the context of musical practice, based on a professional model of project implementation to realise concerts, compositions and arrangements, conference events, recordings and publications. Project modules will develop a coordinated and managed group activity based on the project theme, normally a large-scale performance or musical outcome, a music creation project with associated conference/performance/material outcomes and documentation. This module is a cross-year, group project in which students can pursue their own specialism by agreement with the module convener, in the context of a large, coordinated group enterprise.
Two project module themes will be available in each academic year, each theme will only occur once for each student cohort. Themes have included and will be drawn from:
- Live! – a large-scale popular music performance project featuring student performers, coordinators, sound and lighting technicians, composers and arrangers.
- Experimental Music – research, creation and performance of 20th Experimental Music repertoire.
- Orchestration and arrangement – investigations and realisations of orchestration and arrangement techniques in a wide range of musical genres.
- Dido and Aeneas – contextual and analytical study of Purcell’s opera, including a performance and the creation of new works based on associated themes.
- In C and Process Music – investigations of Musical Minimalism, from 20th to the present.
- The Music of John Zorn – research in the practice and context of John Zorn’s work and the realization of his works for a range of ensembles.
- Soundscape and Sound installation – practical investigations of contemporary sound art practice, including field recording and study of contemporary sound based works.
- Frank Zappa – an investigation of Zappa’s legacy and performance of works for a variety of ensembles.
- Historically Informed Performance Practice – study and presentation of historically informed performances of pre-20th repertoire.
Other project themes may be offered.
Music admission requirements
This module aims to:
- Critically engage with and apply group working practices.
- Implement music project development in a professional context.
- Facilitate composition, scholarship and performance.
- Present a large-scale event or similar music outcome.
- Enable scholarly study based on an annual theme.
- Support scholarly study and sub-disciplinary knowledge acquisition through a first-hand engagement with practice related to an annual music theme.
- Critically engage with an understanding of the relationships between theory and practice in music.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Apply appropriate mangement and coordinate group working in Music. (T, P)
- Critically engage with and apply specialised knowledge of composition or performance or event implementation skills related to the annual theme C, K, T)
- Establish appropriate group working and group assessment strategies for musical creation. (T, P)
- Show leadership in the practical and technical requirement of staging a large-scale musical event. (K, T, P)
- Be competent and effective team-member. (T, P)
- Gather, synthesise and reflect critically on work in progress. (C, K)
- Realise independent and group work. (T, P)
Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
- Contextual academic study of the music theme, e.g. the study of related repertoire, historical contexts, the study of pertinent analytical methods, composition or performance techniques.
- Management workshops and team-working implementation
- Performance-practice related to the annual theme
- Technical implementation, presentation and management of a large scale music event or outcome
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop knowledge and experience in the realisation and coordination of a large-scale musical outcome. This will include the acquisition of detailed musical knowledge relating to the annual topic, and of the practical and managerial concerns required to implement a large-scale project. The mixed learning and teaching strategies allow students to draw on their own specialist interests within the field, and to collaborate with fellow students to identify and apply collective skills to best effect. The strategy will also introduce techniques and styles of academic writing, analysis or composition including correct procedures for citation, research and event implementation which will be critical to student success in FHEQ levels 5 and 6.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Group work
- Student-led seminars
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and to develop knowledge and understanding related to the project theme and to the implementation of large-scale, collaborative music outcomes. The strategy is designed to accommodate a personal assessment profile and their ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
Individual assessment weighting profiles will be agreed up to one week before the final project outcome. Weighting may range in the range 0-100% for each assessment component 1-4 above).
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Project Report (10%) A written report featuring critical commentary and self-assessment of student activities within the project, their function and support for group work including an explanation of the approaches and strategies developed to deliver project tasks. (Addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, 7)
- Assessment (80%) of composition, performance, written discursive work or managerial contributions to the project, weighted in line with individual student assessment profile, agreed with the each student. (Addresses learning outcomes 3, 4, 6)
- Peer-assessment, (10%) relating to collaborative group work and effective delivery of responsibilities throughout the project. (Addresses learning outcomes 5, 7)
Detailed written feedback will be provided within three weeks of the assignment submission.
Verbal formative feedback will be given throughout the project during workshops and seminars.
20 July 2016 by LIONS S Miss (Student Serv)