Global Opportunities

MUS2041 : Composing for Voices and Instruments (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To explore the craft of musical composition through practical engagement with a range of methods and techniques selected from a plurality of repertoires. The primary mode of engagement will require confidence and skill in music notation.

To further explore compositional approaches using, but not restricted to, music notation.

To develop individual creativity.

To promote active engagement with a variety of creative approaches and styles with the aim that students begin to find their own voice.

To increase the knowledge of contemporary and later-20th century musics and musical practices across a range of styles and techniques.

To lay further foundations for compositional study.

To strengthen skills in music notation.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will help you engage with a range of current techniques of composition, combining theoretical understanding with practical application. Lectures and workshops introduce or develop approaches. Small group seminars may include looking at work-in-progress, undertaking practical exercises, discussing repertoire and conceptual ideas particular to each stage of the module. Where possible completed assignments will be played or sung at the class by the students themselves. The use of Sibelius software will be required for at least some parts of the module.

Models and paradigms are taken from contemporary classical and world musics. Parts of the module may also explore site-specific projects, Covid-19 restrictions permitting, and more theatrical presentation of work. There will also be opportunities for creative collaborations.

The module will not include pop song-writing, which is included elsewhere in the curriculum, but is open to input of materials from outside of the normal limits of the Western Art Music (Classical) tradition.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion321:0032:00work on composition submissions and/or performances for assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00lectures on techniques and repertoire - PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:3016:30seminars looking at work in progress or working through practical challenges - PIP
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities202:0040:00weekly recommended listening and some set readings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Tutorials on final project after Easter Vacation
Guided Independent StudyProject work224:0088:00independent/small group work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops43:0012:00workshops on practical aspects of the projects - PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:300:30surgery time available online (email/Canvas) - PIP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and workshops introduce, outline, or enrich the projects. Seminars, held in small groups, monitor students’ understanding and progress, providing opportunities for self- and mutual assessment of progress. Listening - and occasional readings - enrich student musical horizons and suggest solutions to ongoing creative challenges. After the Easter vacation students will see designated supervisors for their final projects on a weekly basis.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A50Composition Portfolio (notated scores, written assignment)
Portfolio2A50Composition Portfolio (notated scores, written assignment)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Portfolios demonstrate attainment of technical and aesthetic development through creative outputs.

Reading Lists