Study Abroad and Exchanges



MUS3087 : Contemporary Music Practice 2 (Inactive)

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


• to develop and expand upon technical and artistic skills in the contemporary technological environment

• to encourage critical and informed listening to contemporary music, including the student’s own work

• to discover new approaches to making music and using the web as a creative resource

• to be able to evaluate own compositions and repertoire works

• to engage critically and creatively with the online studio community

A composition module for students who wish to concentrate on contemporary disciplines beyond notation. These can include studio composition, live performance, improvisation and digital networking. The module requires students to be already familiar with studio-based working practices such as sound recording, editing, mixing, sampling and MIDI.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course encourages a spirit of adventure and risk-taking within the field of studio-based composition which is developed through peer support and reflexive criticism. An emphasis is placed on process rather than product, the student is expected to use this intermediary stage as a way of discovering and affirming potential.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1160:00160:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce aesthetic concerns, conceptual information and examples of relevant repertoire, with an emphasis on listening as a means of exposure to new approaches to studio composition

Students are expected to submit regular sound files and written contributions (blogs, feedback comments on other students’ work, articles etc.) to the ICMuS Hub. A record of contributions throughout the year is accessible to teaching staff only.

Tutorials allow for students to discuss their individual work-in-progress, and to receive constructive criticism and feedback from their module leader.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2A70Specialist project realised as either recording or performance ca 25 minutes
Reflective log2M10One blog selected by the student from both semesters
Portfolio1A20Four compositions related specifically to projects
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final submission of work comprising material from each project/stage via the student’s online account will illustrate the student’s engagement with the module over a sustained period. The submissions will be assessed on merit alongside this record of student engagement, as well as through the online written content of the student’s critical engagement. The mode of assessment stresses discipline and commitment to the student’s own work and involvement in an wider community of creative practitioners.

Reading Lists